About us

 

“(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.

Need to get in touch? You can drop a line to info@shortfilms.org.uk and we’ll get back to you.

 

The team

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. 

 

@IncArtsUK1

@amandaparker.ldn

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.

 

@ilsonphilip

philip@shortfilms.org.uk 

TOM GRIMSHAW, Senior Programmer

Tom is the Senior Programmer at LSFF where he’s worked since 2014. He curates both the International Competition selection and Special Events with an emphasis on experimental and artist-based work. He holds an MA in Documentary Filmmaking from LCC, and also works on the selection committees of Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and Filmfest Dresden.

 

@TAGrimshaw

AKINNA AQUINO, Producer

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. 

 

@akinnakinna

akinna@shortfilms.org.uk

JENNA ROBERTS, Operations and Marketing Manager, Industry Producer, Programming contributor

Jenna has been with the festival since 2016, where she began interning. She now heads up marketing and operations, as well as contributing to Special Events and New Shorts programming, international preselection and co-producing the Industry offering.

 

@jennarobuts

hello@shortfilms.org.uk 

MIRANDA MUNGAI, Documentary Programmer, Industry Producer

Miranda has been with the festival as Documentary Programmer and Industry events co-producer since 2018. 

 

@mirandamungai

JIM DUMMETT, Technical Manager

Jim runs Cinebox, who specialise in technical delivery of film festivals and events.

 

info@cinebox.co 

DESIGN

 

Kit Mason, Designer 

kitmason.squarespace.com

christopherwallacemason@gmail.com 

 

Georgia Lowe, Website design 

georgialowe.net

Charlotte Tatham, Trailer designer

The Dots

 

EXTENDED PROGRAMMING

 

UK selection committee: Philip Ilson, Sylvie Dumont, Dan Guthrie

International selection committee: Tom Grimshaw, Laura Jacobs, Mo-Jai Mckeown, Ben Nicholson, Maria Paradinas, Jenna Roberts

 

Clara Helbig, Documentary preselector 

 

Sarah Chorley, Animation programmer

 

Grant Gulczynski, Martha Kate Margetson, Alex Karotsch, Fringe! Queer Arts & Film Fest

 

Miranda Mungai, With Warmth and Ecstatic Solidarity

 

Tal Rosner, Sophie Clements, Motion Suspended

 

 

PRODUCTION

 

Helen MacKenzie, Will Swinburne, Motion Suspended, LSFF 2021 Awards

 

Nick Randles, Cinebox

 

Natalie Williams, Subly

 

Stuart Brown, Sophie Kendrick, Simon Duffy, Justin Johnson, Ruby McGuigan, Kimberley Sheehan, Charlie Bligh, Dominic Sissons, Chris Clarke, BFI Southbank

 

Michael Garrad, Curzon Soho

 

Peter Howden, Andrew Woodyatt, Rio Cinema

 

Federica Pugliese, Catford Mews

 

Adam Hemming, The Space

 

Caragh Davison, BFI NETWORK

 

Ginette Harrold, LFS

Darren Raymond, Sue Radford, Intermission Theatre

Niks Delanancy, Marketing Assistant

Maya Sfakianaki, Marketing assistance

 

With special thanks to:

 

Sarah Chorley

 

Mike Fallows

 

Dan Guthrie

Miguel Armas, Light Cone

 

Hannah Barry, Hannah Barry Gallery

Tamara Becerra Valdez, Video Data Bank

Nico Marzano, ICA

 

Bob Hunter, Icarus Films

Matthieu de Laborde, Iskara

 

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