London Short Film Festival is a celebration of ground-breaking talent, alternative filmmaking, music and art.
Now in its 16th year, the festival has rapidly become the destination for independent film fans, industry luminaries and the best new creative talent from the UK and abroad.
Spooky goings on and stories with a twist. We find ourselves in many a house with a dark secret, with nightmarish London landlords, feminist conspiracies from the Neighbourhood Watch and secrets stashed in biscuit tins. Look out for small screen turns from Jane Asher, Alison Steadman (Abigail's Party), Julia Deakin (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead) and Some Girls' Nathan Bryon.
CN: Please note, this programme contains violence and allusions to domestic abuse.
Saturday 12 January 2019 4.00pm, Curzon Soho.
This fair city in all its glory. We criss-cross from the skyscraper forest of Canary Wharf back east to Dalston and across the river for a whistle-stop tour of Greenwich. There’s big business and capitalist excess, coming of age buffering against culture clashes, missed romances and magical realism. Even the humble fox gets their story told. Featuring Ed Skrein's (Deadpool) directorial debut and Shiraz Haq (I Am Nasrine).
Sunday 13 January 2019 4.00pm, Curzon Soho.
Bad day? That’s nothing in comparison to this lot. Whether finding themselves lured into the jaws of loan sharks or lost for purpose in the industrial relics of Scotland, these characters must pool their inner strength to overcome life’s myriad obstacles.
Monday 14 January 2019 6.30pm.
These characters face off against injustices both systemic and singular, buffering against structures of power and odds stacked against them. Mothers and daughters confront old family traditions, whilst young boys dare to dream beyond the confines of the world's largest e-waste dump. Watch out for Anthony Welsh (Starred Up, Top Boy) and veteran Spitting Image comedian John Sessions in the latest from Lily Cole.
Tuesday 15 January 2019 6.30pm.
A psychosomatic workout for all the senses mixing animation, moving image, prose and performance. 2018 Jarman Award nominee Larry Achiampong pieces through fragments of neglected colonial histories, whilst Cait Lyn Adamson’s fever dream female gaze reveals one young girl's burgeoning sexuality. These shorts are doing something at the cusp of the cerebral and the visceral.
Wednesday 16 January 2019 6.30pm.
Bright lights sadly fade, whether it be selfhood eroded in the face of daily racist abuse or Blackpool looking to a future of collective anxieties and Brexit parochialism. This programme looks to memory, nostalgia and that fading of something special in a world that makes forgetting all too easy. Featuring cult hit doc Black Sheep.
Thursday 17 January 2019 6.30pm.
Behind the masks we hide behind and into the personas that make us feel the most us. We look to the disconnect between body and owner, clashes of culture and identity, crises of confidence and those with a flair for performance. Featuring Neil Maskell (Humans), the real-life soul musician Geno Washington talking about his early life and the latest from Amrou Al-Kadhi.
Friday 18 January 2019 6.30pm.
The short films here are about the things unsaid and figurative walls put up as communication between people falls apart. Catch Julia Deakin (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead) and the directorial debut of actress Maxine Peake (Funny Cow, The Theory of Everything).
Saturday 19 January 2019 4.00pm.
A chance to see all the winning films from this year’s LSFF in one programme. See LSFF 2019’s Best UK and International short films, and many more fresh from Awards glory!
Full programme announced on Sunday 20th January 2019.
Sunday 20 January 2019 3.15pm