OPENING NIGHT: Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: an Opera
HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican?'s transportive visual opera explores the multiplicity of Black selfhood through Afrofuturist abstraction.
NEW SHORTS: Funny Shit
From ASMR for white liberals to homoerotic rivalries at the badminton club, these quick-fire comedies might just prove 2020 gave us something to laugh about after all.
NEW SHORTS: Midnight Movies
A visceral, fluid-splattered ride through sinister cults, nightmarish microdosing, human taxidermy and more. Horrors to be consumed, as is tradition, at the witching hour.
NEW SHORTS: Screen On Screen
Artists’ film and video works abstract and interpret a chaotic world, from the diarising of Barbara Hammer to Noël Carroll’s theories on horror.
NEW SHORTS: Animation Variety Show
Plasticine, sexed up washing machines and a cruise ship sinking in style illuminate this staple animation programme, featuring LSFF 2020 Best Animation winner Astrid Goldsmith.
ONLINE TOGETHER: Keiken In Conversation
Cross-dimensional digital arts collective Keiken (Augmented Empathy) will be hosted in open conversation on their collaborative creative and working process.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Things To Come
Otherworldly phenomena and an incarcerated anthropomorphic cow feature in this panorama of a world in stasis. With new animated fables from Wong Ping, Meriem Bennani and Orian Barki.
ONLINE TOGETHER: Live Chat
How do we foster intimacy across the flatness of our screens? The White Pube's Gabrielle de la Puente leads discussion on seeking and building community in virtual spaces.
NEW SHORTS: London Lives
Life in the capital has shaped up differently of late. These affectionate works survey the highs and lows of pre-pandemic and locked down London.
LFS: The Space Between Us: Remi Itani and Rafael Manuel
London Film School alumni Remi Itani and Rafael Manuel join us in conversation on the intricacies of their characters and world-building.
NEW SHORTS: A Winter's Matinee of Romantic Films
To bolster hearts in trying times, our LSFF staple of modern romances (and some old school meet-cutes) is back.
WITH WARMTH AND ECSTATIC SOLIDARITY
This curation of short documentaries interrogates the form itself as a politically useful tool for marginalised and displaced peoples and cultures.
RADICAL TV: Videofreex
Collective television-makers Videofreex revolutionised citizen journalism in the late ‘60s, documenting protests and profiles of activists like Black Panther Party Deputy Chairman, Fred Hampton.
NEW SHORTS: Science Fictions
Visions of cosmic presents and imagined futures. With existential gems from artist filmmakers Jacqueline Lentzou and Linh Duong.
NEW SHORTS: Pulp Fictions
Assassinations, family feuds, vampiric seductions and tough crooks are the order of the day in this hard-boiled selection of short stories, starring Downton’s Jessica Brown-Findlay and Game of Thrones’ Joe Dempsie.
MY EYE IS MY EAR
Connecting on a level with D/deaf identity, culture and language makes each film unique and allows for audience engagement whether D/deaf or hearing.
UK COMPETITION: I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know
From the afrofuturist currents of carnival in the Bahamas to the mellower cadences of Patrick Cowley’s San Francisco, these short works offer evocations and elegies of past lives and shared legacies.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: On Body And Soul
Expressions of love, vulnerability and solidarity. Featuring personal excavations of family archive and inner worlds from Sohrab Hura and Sylvia Schedelbauer.
NEW SHORTS: This Is Me Trying
Half truths and white lies come to the surface in these tenderly handled domestic dramas, including new work from LSFF 2020 Best British Short winner Lucy Bridger.
INTERMISSION YOUTH: Shakespeare On Smartphone
Intermission Youth’s smartphone filmmakers talk with industry producers on first short films, first steps into the industry and Shakespeare as inspiration.