London Short Film Festival (LSFF) announces its full 2018 programme, screening over 500 UK and international short films over 10 days, from 12-21 January 2018.

Celebrating its 15th year, LSFF is a vital moment in the UK film calendar, a beacon of inclusive and ground-breaking film-making from a diverse range of backgrounds. The festival will show a huge selection of UK and international short films across music, culture, and politics.

With a heavy schedule full of diverse content, here are some of the films you may be interested in:

See the schedule below

Fri 12 Jan

  • TIGHT JEANS –  by Destiny Ekaragha – Three black teenagers are becoming frustrated while waiting for their friend.
  • LEROY  – by Marley Morrison  – On a North London council estate, oddball teenager Leroy, spends his days fighting with brother Kenny, making his own jewelry & playing dance game ‘Planet funk’ with best friend Yukiko.

Sat 13 Jan 

  • ALL OF ME by Daphne Schmon – A talented musician faces late stage Leukemia that threatens the life she’s built in London.
  • L.A. REBELLION  – ‘L.A. Rebellion’, coined by Black Film Review’s Clyde Taylor, refers to a critical mass of American filmmakers of African origin or descent brought together at the UCLA Film School in the late ‘60s. This event showcases this body of work, which features Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, To Sleep With Anger) followed by a panel discussion hosted by Dr. Clive Nwonga (LSE).
  • A MILLION WAVES by Daniel Ali is about Kadiatu Kamara, or KK, the only female surfer in Sierra Leone at just 19-years-old.
  • AMBER by Andi Osho – Teen fan fiction writer, Amber Gorman, takes her boyband obsession too far in a tense, late-night confrontation with the object of her desires.
  • EMKHATSINI (BETWEEN) by Toa Stappard – A woman finds herself, lost in the Swazi outback.

Sun 14th Jan

  • DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST by Julie Dash – When director Julie Dash conceived of the groundbreaking Daughters of the Dust – a multi-generational tale of the Black women of Gullah struggling to hold on to their culture – little did she know that 25 years later, her work would resurge to take its place on the world stage. Dash’s film has provided an obvious touchstone to inspire Beyoncé’s vision of Black womanhood, Lemonade.
  • ROBOT AND SCARECROW by Kibwe Tavares 15 – A fairy tale set against the backdrop of a heady summer music festival, where a robot and a scarecrow meet and fall in love.
BODY LANGUAGE by Michael Mante

BODY LANGUAGE by Michael Mante

Mon 15th Jan

  • 1745 by Gordon Napier – 1745: two African slave sisters escape into the Scottish wilderness.
 by Shola Amoo – 
An exploration of Shakespeare’s intentions when writing Othello, exploring the play’s racial themes in a historical and contemporary setting and drawing wider parallels between immigration and blackness in the UK today.
  • BODY LANGUAGE by Michael Mante – A krump dancer performs amidst the within his degraded home in this surreal art exploration of identity, classism and racism.

Tues 16th Jan

  • ALL OF ME by Daphne Schmon – A talented musician faces late stage Leukemia that threatens the life she’s built in London.
  • LIVES IN SIGN LANGUAGES: A Screening for Deaf and HoH audiences – LSFF present their first screening exclusively for D/deaf audiences, curated by LSFF’s young Deaf programmer Zoe McWhinney.
  • BECHDEL TEST FEST PRESENTS Mati Diop: The Life Farawa –  celebrate the work of Senegalese-French filmmaker and actress, Mati Diop, and her dreamlike ruminations on space, place, and home, showing a selection of her short films accompanied by readings and reflections.
  • CLA’AM by Nathaniel Martello-White – A dark, surreal comedy about a local man who becomes convinced that a vast conspiracy is behind the impossibly rapid gentrification in his London area.

Weds 17th Jan

  • MASTERPIECE by Runyararo Mapfumo – A group of young men try to interpret their friend’s art so they can save face and show support.
  • WORK by Aneil Karia – Jess is an eighteen-year-old from London is confronted with just how cold and unjust life can be during a journey to work, her perspective of the world around her begins to shift.

Thurs 18th Jan

  • CAKE by Alan Friel – Two women sit in a barren desert and discuss the best way to die. Starring Letitia Wright (Humans, Black Panther).
  • NYO VWETA NAFTA by Ico Costa – Inhambane. Mozambique. King-Best. Samsung Galaxy. Versace. Babes. White rooster.

Fri 19 Jan 

  • 1745 by Gordon Napier – 1745 two black African slave sisters escape into the Scottish wilderness…
  • INDUSTRY: Female Collectives ‑ Driving Change – Founder of the Bechdel Test Fest Corrina Antrobus features on a panel discussion about women taking matters into their own hands by celebrating and supporting female-lead cinema.

Sat 20 Jan 

  • BRIXTON ROCK by Ethosheia Hylton – Set in 1980 Brixton South London, a mixed raced teenager who grew up in a children’s home goes in search of his birth mother.
  • REBIRTH IS NECESSARY by Jenn Nkiru – This film explores the magic and dynamism of Blackness in a realm where time and space are altered.
  • WHITE RIOT: LONDON by Rubika Shah – In 1977, immigration divides Britain. What happens when a punk fanzine challenges the status quo?
  • THE ANCESTORS CAME by Cecile Emeke – a short film exploring the life and work of prolific artist Faith Ringgold.
  • HOME GIRLS: From Cookie Crew to Now – In a riot of matching outfits and confrontational lyrics, British acts The Cookie Crew, Wee Papa Girl Rappers and She Rockers burst onto the scene in the ’80s and ’90s, recording sessions for John Peel and winning chart success bringing with them their own powerful onscreen image. This event previews forthcoming documentary Home Girls which reclaims this incredible legacy. Panellists include Donna McConnell (She Rockers), and musician, activist & journalist Chardine Taylor-Stone.
  • Closing Night: Home Girls: Live With Paigey Cakey – To celebrate the legacy of the OG Home Girls, LSFF showcases London’s contemporary female MC’s currently raising the bar in a scene too long dominated by men. Featuring a special guest appearance from Hackney’s Paigey Cakey, audiovisual surprises and more, come celebrate our homegrown as the 15th London Short Film Festival draws to a close.

London Short Film Festival (LSFF) runs from 12-21 January 2018. Screening over 500 UK and international short films over 10 days find out more here.