“(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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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
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:
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
Our short filmmakers, for keeping on creating and entertaining in trying times.
All of our beloved independent cinemas, who’ve hosted LSFFs past and future. Support UK Cinema Workers here.