The London Short Film Festival (LSFF) launched Friday 6th Jan and will screen 500 UK and international short films over ten days until January 15th.

Now in its 14th year, LSFF is recognised as the premiere showcase for cutting-edge UK independent films. Critically lauded for its provocative cross-arts programming, the festival has become synonymous with unique, zeitgeist capturing experiences and events, making it a mecca for creative talent and an important moment in the UK film calendar.

The festival will show a huge selection of UK short films across music, comedy, LGBTQ, fashion and culture. LSFF will also look at the rise of social media culture, as this year’s comedy strand will see 600 of Glaswegian comedian Limmy’s vines screened today for the first time.

This 14th edition of the London Short Film Festival is as always a showcase of the best of British talent with around 350 short UK shorts selected from 2000 open submissions. The festival continues to highlight international talent for a 3rd year, as well as an ongoing dedication to documentary short film.

The festival takes in all forms and styles of moving images, a highlight being the 16mm film and analogue synthesisers used as part of the LSFF 2017’s launch event, in collaboration with Moog Sound Lab, Savages and Analogue Recurring.
LSFF continues its pioneering work through its Young Programmer scheme, supported with Lottery funding through the BFI Film Festival Fund, which will host an exploration of silent cinema and its association with the Deaf community.

2017 also sees the launch of With Teeth; a long-term short film commissioning fund, with an aim to become a solid support base for the most exciting emerging cinematic voices and auteurs, supported by Arts Council England National Lottery Funding. Grace LaDoja’s Evolve will be premiered alongside a showcase of Grace’s work, which spans the worlds of music, art, fashion, and street culture. From creating music videos for peers including Skepta and FKA Twiggs, to directing campaigns for global brands, her films always return to a single theme: telling the stories of true individuals, and doing so in the most authentic way possible.

With an established network of sponsors and supporters who help champion the festival, LSFF strives to become more accessible and inclusive with the support of the BFI Film Festival Fund, awarding funds from The National Lottery. LSFF is also proud to have been awarded the Screen Diversity mark of good practise, which recognises the festival’s commitment in this endeavour.

Events of note:

  • A Black Rock Symposium | Friday 13th  Jan | 7:00pm  11:00pm @ Moth Club – In the early 80’s, it was called Black Rock, and today is known as Afro-punk (following the setting up of the Afro-punk message board in 2002 leading to a full scale global brand and festival). LSFF looks at black identity in punk and rock at this night of film, discussion and live music. Book tickets
  • WITH TEETH: Grace Ladoja ‑ Evolve + filmmaker Q&A | Sunday 15 Jan | 14:00 @ ICA -As part of With Teeth 2017, LSFF has commissioned Grace LaDoja to create a new short film, premiered here alongside a showcase of her work, which spans the worlds of music, art, fashion, and street culture. From creating music videos to directing campaigns for global brands, her films always return to a single theme: telling the stories of true individuals, and doing so in the most authentic way possible. Grace made her first film for Nike at 18. Now, she is at the forefront of elevating British youth culture, as the creative director for Skepta. This screening brings together her work, exploring ideas of youth and youth culture in an age when conventional ideals of gender, success, and style are fast evolving. Book tickets
  • Fashion Adventures In The Sonic Landscape | Sun 15th Jan | 17:00 @ ICA – Fashion VJs! Live cinema! Grime! …and glamour! This programme of live multi-sensory visual projections curated by London College of Fashion, UAL and Domino Publishing will re-create the spontaneity and immediacy of the fashion world through fashion film, interactive audio-visual performance and intoxicating beats, performed with a custom AV system designed by Dimitrios Coumados.  WBW Awards photographer of the year 2016, Olivia Rose, will present her photographic work for This Is Grime, the definitive book on Britain’s most provocative music genre (written by Hattie Collins) as live projections, accompanied by a suitable DJ soundtrack from Domino Record Co including artistes such as The Range, Mr Mitch, and Ragz Originale. Book tickets

To see the full London Short Film Festival schedule of events and screenings to their website.

The British Blacklist have partnered with LSFF 2017 to offer 2 FREE tickets to the Fashion Adventures In The Sonic Landscape screening on Sunday 15th January, 17:00 at the ICA  – The Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH

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