“(LSFF) is a festival not afraid to take creative risks and nurture new talent, something rarely seen in this age of austerity and conformity.” — i-D
Founded in 2003, London Short Festival (LSFF) is a BAFTA-qualifying, internationally regarded independent short film festival.
Each January, LSFF hosts ten days of short form, conversation and multidisciplinary curation. We present between 250-500 British and international films each edition, collaboratively programmed down from 5000+ open submissions, alongside Special Events and an industry offering of workshops, panels and discussion for filmmakers and workers.
LSFF exists to spotlight a multiplicity of filmmakers, visual artists and creatives, across intersections and with a commitment to peripheral voices. We pride ourselves on an 18 year ethos of giving screen-space and visibility to unconventional and thoroughly independent filmmaking, and our programming seeks to situate the contemporary in dialogue with its history and the world at large. We consider LSFF both a platform where filmmakers can cut their teeth and define their careers, and a celebrator of the archival treasures and talent that got us here.
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AMANDA PARKER, Festival Director
Amanda joined the team in 2020. A former BBC TV Development Producer and Campaigns Manager, Amanda’s held communications leadership roles across media, arts and cultural sector organisations including Creative England, Directors UK and London Film School. She sits on Film London’s management board, and is an FRSA Fellow and Clore Leadership graduate.
PHILIP ILSON, Artistic Director
Philip co-founded LSFF with Kate Taylor in 2003 under its original nominer Halloween Short Film Festival, following ten years of running its predecessor The Halloween Society through its various guises as a film and club night. He is Short Film Programmer for the BFI London Film Festival and has previously programmed for East End Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, Branchage Festival, Latitude and Curzon Soho.
AKINNA AQUINO, Operations Manager
Akinna joined the team in 2020 as Festival Producer having just delivered the first virtual London Screenwriters’ Festival during the height of the initial UK lockdown. Previously, she worked with Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity as Production Manager for the Awards Production Team.
FRANCESCA EADES, Marketing & Events Manager
Francesca joined the LSFF team in 2021 as the Marketing and Events Manager. Previously, she’s worked across international film and documentary releases with organisations including Everyman Cinemas, ODEON and Together Films. She’s passionate about film, art, and literature and loves to work with creative teams to make great ideas reality.
VARUN RAMAN, UK Programming Lead
Varun has previously programmed for the UK Student Competition at Encounters, the New Talents Live Action Competition at PÖFF Shorts and was on the SXSW and Fantastic Fest screening teams. He was also Festival Coordinator at Grimmfest and is a writer, filmmaker and Script Reader for the BFI NETWORK's Short Film and Early Development Funds.
QILA GILL, International Programming Lead
Qila Gill is a film programmer and producer. Alongside being the International Programmer at LSFF, she is a selection committee member at Sheffield Doc/Fest and has programmed for London Film Festival and Aesthetica Film Festival. She is a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts,
a member of BGDM, POC2, and an alumnus of IFFR Sessions.
Kit Mason, Designer
Georgia Lowe, Website design
Sylvie Dumont, UK Pre-Selector
Laura Jacobs, International Pre-Selector
Mo-Jai Mckeown, International Pre-Selector