London Short Film Festival is now finished for 2020. Hope you had a fantastic short film time and we'll see you next year when we go again!
London Short Film Festival is a celebration of ground-breaking talent, alternative filmmaking, music and art.
Now in its 17th 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.
91mins | cert 18
Baby, it’s cold outside! From strange corners and hopeless places, a programme of uncynical and unconventional love stories.
Indulge in the naïveté of puppy love, tender queer autobiography, tricksy triangles and the turmoil of unrequited affections. We’ve got sweet and sometimes sour sojourns from Belle & Sebastian-infused ‘80s Glasgow to earth-orbiting satellites, with animated grandpas falling head over heels at first sight and romance transcending language back in London.
This programme contains reference to suicide.
Saturday 11th January 4.00pm | Curzon Soho.
96mins | cert 18
From the “listening ears” of Dungeness, through the industrial districts of Manchester, and back down to the Essex coastline reimagined à la Éric Rohmer, these shorts survey the state of our small island.
Through the lens of British filmmakers, the fall-out of misplaced confidences and simmering anxieties reveals itself, asking questions of how we might now define Britishness and our individual senses of national identity. With performances from homegrown actors Kate Hardie (National Treasure) and Tim Plester (Bohemian Rhapsody), and new work from documentarians Duncan Cowles and Ross Hogg.
Sunday 12th January, 3.30pm | Curzon Soho.
97mins | cert 18
A generous helping of twists and turns, paranormal activity and the phantasmagorical. Embrace the unknowable with grotesque mermaids, black holes opening up in old lady’s living rooms, narratives caught in unbearable time loops and sentient sculptures fleeing the Louvre.
From the outright supernatural to subtler hints at the surreal, catch new work from Gabriel Abrantes (Diamantino) and the directorial debut of Beyond Clueless producer Anthony Ing. With turns from Gerard Kearns (Shameless), Joe Absolom (Doc Martin) and Jessica Gunning (Pride).
This programme contains violent imagery.
Monday 13 January 6.45pm | Curzon Soho.
97mins | cert 18
The destination falls into obscurity with this programme of journeys: sometimes poignant, sometimes thrilling, and sometimes dangerous.
Take rides through a remote Norwegian village where mysterious tyre tracks tease out controversy, and a stark Eastern Serbia where father-son relationships are pushed to their limits.
Changes of scenery reveal interior transformations with buddies on the move through sun drenched California and bonfire night on the British coast. Featuring works from names to watch out for, Dazed 100 listee Lucy Luscombe (Blood Orange - High Street) and Locarno alumni Stefanie Kolk (Harbour).
Tuesday 14 January 6.45pm | Curzon Soho.
92mins | cert 18
Fiction bleeds into biography as we find ourselves behind the closed doors of London’s cultural melting pot.
Steering us from North to South, these films chart the precarious adventure of making it in our fair capital. Below the river masculinity is tested by a simple smile, whilst faith and family harmonize in an African East End community struck by grief. In Chinatown we find masseuses with secrets, whilst elsewhere hook-ups thrive into romance in the face of HIV stigma.
With turns from Ben Aldridge (Our Girl) and Karla Crome (Misfits).
Wedneday 15 January 6.45pm | Curzon Soho.
48mins + Q&A | cert 18
Thirty years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of liberal democracy, the European Union now faces new challenges. While British politics is dominated by a divisive Brexit, what are the themes consuming other EU countries and how have their unique histories defined their relationship to the union?
The Guardian and Headlong Theatre have co-produced a political monologue series directed by Amy Hodge, commissioning seven writers from across Europe to write intimate fictional scripts, performed in their original language. Followed by a reading of the UK script and a panel discussion with The Guardian and the creative team.
Thursday 16 January 6.45pm | Curzon Soho.
95mins | cert 18
From the genre playbook of Du Maurier and Mary Shelley, these macabre shorts arouse a pleasing sort of terror, toying with the unsettling, exciting possibility of something ominous in the shadows.
With curiosities from connoisseurs of unease Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Mark Jenkin (Bait) and Anna Maguire (Your Mother and I), you’re invited into an uncanny world of ghosts and mystery, with apparitions stalking from Paris to Cornwall, scholars overpowered by dark secrets and obsessive hole diggers.
This programme contains violent and bloody imagery.
Friday 17 January 6.45pm | Curzon Soho.
87mins | cert 18
A new and dedicated programme for LSFF 2020 brings together diverse music videos from across the globe, showcasing original conceptual direction and emotive cinematic narratives. Highlights include FKA Twigs, Rosalía and Four Tet with stories of love, loss and the digital age. Guest-programmed by Tash Tung.
Saturday 18 January 6.00pm | Curzon Soho.
Runtime TBC | cert 18
A chance to see all the competition winners from this year’s festival in one programme. See LSFF 2020’s Best UK, Best International and more fresh from awards glory. Running order TBC post-LSFF 2020 Awards!
Sunday 19 January 3.00pm | Curzon Soho.