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NEW SHORTS

From short, sharp comedic hits and science-infused fictions, to digital abstractions and kaleidoscopic animations, our New Shorts programmes offer the best of global and homegrown short filmmaking.

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  • NEW SHORTS: Funny Shit

    Online

    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

    Online

    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

    Online

    Artists’ film and video works abstract and interpret a chaotic world, from the diarising of Barbara Hammer to Noël Carroll’s theories on horror.

  • UK COMPETITION: I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know (at BFI)

    BFI Southbank

    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.

  • NEW SHORTS: Animation Variety Show

    Online

    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.

  • UK COMPETITION: The Double Life Of... (at BFI)

    BFI Southbank

    Who we present to the real world often isn't the person we really are. This eclectic batch of interior fictions digs into true selves, concealment and catharsis.

  • UK COMPETITION: Close Quarters (at BFI)

    BFI Southbank

    Compulsions, crushes and cravings come to a head in these portraits of social dysfunction and bad company kept, with new work from Daniel Kaluuya and Sophia Di Martino.

  • INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: Things To Come

    Online

    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.

  • NEW SHORTS: London Lives

    Online

    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.

  • NEW SHORTS: A Winter's Matinee of Romantic Films

    Online

    To bolster hearts in trying times, our LSFF staple of modern romances (and some old school meet-cutes) is back.

  • UK COMPETITION: Lessons In Survival (at BFI)

    BFI Southbank

    Whether old friends or strangers we meet along the way, protecting those around us is essential to our morality and survival. Featuring the latest from Riz Ahmed and visual artist Rhea Dillon.

  • UK COMPETITION: The Devil's In The Details (at BFI)

    BFI Southbank

    Layering fantasy over reality, these works comprise speculative futures, dream logics and waking nightmares, from tricksy megachurches in Lagos to the utopian otherworlds of Somerset's Wookey Hole Caves.

  • NEW SHORTS: Science Fictions

    Online

    Visions of cosmic presents and imagined futures. With existential gems from artist filmmakers Jacqueline Lentzou and Linh Duong.

  • NEW SHORTS: Pulp Fictions

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    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.

  • NEW SHORTS: Animation Variety Show (at Catford Mews)

    Catford Mews

    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.

  • UK COMPETITION: I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know

    Online

    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

    Online

    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

    Online

    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.

  • NEW SHORTS: A Rural Gothic (at Curzon Soho)

    Curzon Soho

    Unrested spirits, supernatural stalkings and the Devil’s Dyke: for a dark winter’s night, a macabre dose of folk horror and dark deeds out in the sticks.

  • DOCUMENTARY: Who Speaks For A Space?

    Online

    Tripoli, London, virtual reality: for whom are the spaces we inhabit daily built? These incisive non-fictions consider occupation and ownership.

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