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See the latest crop of London Calling shorts from the capital’s new and emerging talent

Date posted: 06.01.2015

This month, you can catch the latest shorts from some of the city's most exciting new and emerging filmmakers at the London Short Film Festival (LSFF) and London Comedy Film Festival (LOCO) – many of them made with our support.

From the tragicomedy of adolescent girlhood to awkward dates and other life changing encounters, London Calling and London Calling Plus shorts tell original stories with humour and sensitivity. Don't miss this chance to brighten up your January with some of the latest crop at these two great Festivals.

London Short Film Festival

Now in its 12th year, the LSFF is recognised not just as a cornerstone showcase for short films in the UK, but also a year-round resource for filmmakers and viewers alike. This year, we are thrilled to have six Film London supported films screening in its varied programmes.

2pm Saturday 10 January, Three Brothers and Up On The Roof screen in the Youth of Today showcase at Hackney Picturehouse

Based on true events, writer/director Aleem Khan brings grit and authenticity in Three Brothers. The film tells the story of Hamid, who struggles to care for his younger brothers when their father abandons them for Pakistan. Also in the programme, Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams gives a heavy dose of sass as the object of a young boy's affection in Nour Wazzi's Up On the Roof.

6pm Saturday 10 January 7.2 joins the crowd in the Teenage Girls Go Crazy! lineup at Hackney Picturehouse

In 7.2, a schoolgirl with amnesia wakes up to a deadly ultimatum. Will she get to the library in time to avoid disembowelment? Nida Manzoor's film is joined by other tales of young girls gone wild, including Beverley starring Laya Lewis (Skins) and Vicky McClure (This Is England).

4pm Sunday 11 January, Augustina comes of age in the Girlhood strand at Hackney Picturehouse

Young and lonely Augustina escapes the harsh realities of her broken family by finding love in an educational baby doll. Isabel Anderton's moving film is joined by other stories of girls coming of age in the Girlhood strand: coming to terms with the death of a pet in Gold, with sinister experimentation in Role Play, and more.

7:30pm Monday 12 January, Across Still Water joins the Night of the Living Docs at Hackney Picturehouse

Director Ruth Grimberg tells the true story of friendship and loss as a young man faces a world of imminent darkness. The resulting Across Still Water screens with a panoply of other documentary shorts.

9pm Wednesday 14 January, On the Bridge showcases our city in the London Stories strand at Hackney Picturehouse

Waterloo Bridge is the locus of a life-changing encounter between two men in On the Bridge. Sameer Patel's tale of modern manhood is screened with an array of stories from all across the city – featuring Gospel Oak, Shoreditch, the canals and the Tube, London looks great in this shorts programme.

LOCO: London Comedy Film Festival

The UK's only international comedy film festival, LOCO celebrates the funny in film. We are delighted to have two Film London supported films playing in its evening of comedy shorts.

4:10pm Saturday 24 January, Satan Has a Bushy Tail and Two Dosas bring the laughs in LOCO Comedy Shorts at BFI Southbank

Satan Has a Bushy Tail is a charming buddy comedy about grandparents, bereavement and a demonic squirrel. It plays alongside Sarmad Masud's London Calling Plus Award-winner Two Dosas, a cleverly funny short that puts the spotlight on Pavan, a young man who takes his 'English Rose' on a date that makes him squirm.



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