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.

The 15th-anniversary content of interest includes:

Pioneer of Black British cinema Ngozi Onwurah’s body of work weaves an autobiographical narrative with astute socio-political observation. As the first Black British woman filmmaker to have a feature film released in UK cinemas we celebrate Ngozi’s legacy with a screening of early works and panel discussion in Ngozi Onwurah: Shorts. A rare 35mm screening of Welcome II The Terrordome will also show at the festival.

NGOZI ONWURAH: Short Films – Wed 17 Jan 20:30 ICA – Followed by a panel discussion with Ngozi Onwurah, producer Simon Onwurah, Hilja Lindsay-Muwonge (actress, Flight of the Swan) and Sian Ejiwumi-Le Berre (actress, The Body Beautiful).

  • THE BODY BEAUTIFUL: 23 mins – A moving, autobiographical account of the mother-daughter relationship, and the female body within traditional beauty standards.
  • COFFEE COLOURED CHILDREN: 15 mins – A visceral look at growing up mixed-race in eighties England.
  • FLIGHT OF THE SWAN: 12 mins – Concerns a young black girl dreaming of performing as a lead ballerina.

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WELCOME II THE TERRORDOME – Fri 19 Jan 21:00 Regent Street Cinema Dir. Ngozi Onwurah 1995, UK 90 mins, 35mm In association with Cigarette Burns Cinema + cast & crew Q&A

In a futuristic city, racial tensions explode in the wake of a child’s death. This political action thriller was the first independent Black British feature film to be released commercially, retelling Black history through a dystopian, ghettoised future. LSFF profiles the work of Black British female director Ngozi Onwurah and we’re excited to be screening a rare 35mm print of her only theatrically released feature.

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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.