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. 




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.




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.



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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. 




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JENNA ROBERTS, Industry Producer

Jenna has been with the festival since 2016, where she began interning in a marketing capacity. She has contributed to Special Events and New Shorts programming, international preselection and co-produces the Industry offering.



MIRANDA MUNGAI, Documentary Programmer, Industry Producer

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



JIM DUMMETT, Technical Manager

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





Kit Mason, Designer 




Georgia Lowe, Website design 


Charlotte Tatham, Trailer designer

The Dots




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:


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


Our short filmmakers, for keeping on creating and entertaining in trying times.

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