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FILMS

Browse all of the short films included in LSFF 2021's digital edition.

*THIS IS NOT A RECREATION

Danny Baldwin

Filming recreational crime footage at the scene of the crime probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Until the criminal they intended to catch turns up that is.

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NEW SHORTS: Funny Shit

2 LIZARDS (EPISODE 1)

Meriem Bennani, Orian Barki

A beautiful moment of communion through sound waves in socially distanced Brooklyn.

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INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Things To Come

2 LIZARDS (EPISODE 2)

Meriem Bennani, Orian Barki

Two lizards share thoughts and theories whilst driving through an uncanny locked-down New York.

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INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Things To Come

2 LIZARDS (EPISODE 3)

Meriem Bennani, Orian Barki

Weeks into quarantine, the lizards struggle to distinguish dream from reality.

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INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Things To Come

2 LIZARDS (EPISODE 4)

Meriem Bennani, Orian Barki

The intensity and immediacy of COVID's impact on the city is explored through a feline nurse voiced by Cady Chaplin.

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INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Things To Come

2 LIZARDS (EPISODE 5)

Meriem Bennani, Orian Barki

The lizards get caught short on a birthday stroll through a dreamily vacant Times Square.

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INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Things To Come

2 LIZARDS (EPISODE 6)

Meriem Bennani, Orian Barki

The boredom of lockdown leads the lizards to remember happy memories of dancing and Chinese dinners.

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INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: On Body And Soul

2 LIZARDS (EPISODE 7)

Meriem Bennani, Orian Barki

Three months into the pandemic, the lizards and their friends take to the streets in support of the Black Lives Matters protests.

Showing in event: 

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: On Body And Soul

2 LIZARDS (EPISODE 8)

Meriem Bennani, Orian Barki

As the world opens up a little more, talk of hook-ups, Xanax and landlords paves the way for melancholic goodbyes.

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INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: On Body And Soul

21:42

Baba Oyejide, Tristram Anyiam

Inspired by Chazz Palminteri’s screen play A Bronx Tale and lines from William Shakespeare’s Richard II, this is the story of a young black male, Bobby Kingsley, torn between the easily fascinating gangster lifestyle and his reformed, incarcerated older brother’s advice.

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INTERMISSION YOUTH: Shakespeare On Smartphone

4X6

Jamie Gyngell

A collage artist finds a killer photo.

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NEW SHORTS: Midnight Movies

7 BANANAS

Daisy Moore

Dara and Sophie's once friendship is now only sustained by likes, memes and ever-delayed meet-ups. When Sophie commits suicide, Dara is faced with some news that force her to look behind the surface of Sophie's last messages and posts.

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NEW SHORTS: London Lives

A BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE

Dafe Oboro

A fashionable portrait following a small town man’s pursuit of stardom against the vibrant, psychedelic backdrop of Lagos city.

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NEW SHORTS: Presence

A DEMONSTRATION

Beny Wagner, Sasha Litvintseva

A poetic exploration of how taxonomies of monsters in early European science organised our ideas of the natural world. The film picks up on these themes by tracing the boundaries of sight and the metamorphosis of form.

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INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Heaven Knows What

A HOME TRUTH

Rebecca King

A young Sámi woman faces conflicting emotions of having found a home far away from her family in Sápmi. Filmed entirely in isolation in London and northern Finland.

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NEW SHORTS: London Lives

A HORSE HAS MORE BLOOD THAN A HUMAN

Abolfazl Talooni

An older couple leave Tehran and return to their idyllic home town on the Turkish border, but their dreams of quiet retirement are shattered by the realisation that their town has become a smuggling gateway into Europe and everyone they know is involved.

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DOCUMENTARY: System Failure

A LIVING SCULPTURE

Diana Chire

Francesca, a horn player and music student, is contemplating the pros and cons of continuing a relationship with artist Nick and the problematic idea of the female muse.

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NEW SHORTS: A Winter's Matinee of Romantic Films

A MONTH OF SINGLE FRAMES

Lynne Sachs

In 1998, filmmaker Barbara Hammer had a one month artist residency in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with no running water or electricity. While there, she shot 16mm film with her Beaulieu camera, recorded sounds with her cassette recorder and kept a journal.

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NEW SHORTS: Screen On Screen

A NOBLE TRUTH

Tia Salisbury

When flat-earth activist Fawn takes her alternative beliefs offline and onto the streets, a face from the past leads her to wrestle with her newly found ideology.

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NEW SHORTS: Science Fictions

A PLACE TO STAY

Asham Kamboj

A man rents a room for a few days, however the apartment is not so welcoming to new tenants.

Showing in event: 

LO-BUDGET MAYHEM: Stay At Home

A PLACE TO STAY

Asham Kamboj

A man rents a room for a few days, however the apartment is not so welcoming to new tenants.

Showing in event: 

LO-BUDGET MAYHEM: Double Bill (at Rio Dalston)

A TRIP TO HEAVEN

Linh Duong

During a peculiar tour bus to Mekong Delta, 50-year-old Tam bumps into her high school sweetheart. She's hopeful for a chance of reconciliation, but maybe he's not.

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NEW SHORTS: Science Fictions

A U R O R A

Marcel Weber

Music by Ben Frost.

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MOTION SUSPENDED: Outdoor Projections

A WILDERNESS OF LOST CONNECTIONS

Dana Venezia

‘Where is the light coming from?’ What rhetorical structures do people set up to see the light? Three distinct belief systems are juxtapositioned to form an ambiguous understanding of its macro protagonist, America, raising questions of legitimacy, conspiracy, security and truth.


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DOCUMENTARY: Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart

ABECEDARIO/ B

Colectivo Los Ingrávidos

An audiovisual experience of the current Mexican war.

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PLATFORM: Colectivo Los Ingrávidos

ACRIMONIOUS

Olivia Emden

A non-acrimonious but sudden divorce wrenches the gay, working-class born Emeka out of a decade-long hiatus living the 'middle-class' dream, landing him back in the childhood council house he hoped he’d left behind.

Showing in event: 

NEW SHORTS: London Lives

AFTERMATH

Tal Rosner

Music by Daniel Wohl, for Alexander Whitley Dance Company.

Showing in event: 

MOTION SUSPENDED: Outdoor Projections

AFTERTASTE

Chloe Wicks

Moll and Alfie are getting together after a few years of friendship - but she has a secret that threatens not only their budding romance, but also his life. A film about intimacy, shame and appetite.

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NEW SHORTS: Pulp Fictions

ALL OF THE PEOPLE

Daisy Higgins

An animated psychedelia of floating wizards, heads, and cows.

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LO-BUDGET MAYHEM: ¡C’est du Cinéma!

ALL OF THE PEOPLE

Daisy Higgins

An animated psychedelia of floating wizards, heads, and cows.

Showing in event: 

LO-BUDGET MAYHEM: Double Bill (at Rio Dalston)

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