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Check out our list of short films we are looking out for at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival

Promising a diverse selection of films from both established and emerging talent, the BFI London Film Festival (LFF) is a celebration of cinema.

This year, the Festival hosts 21 World Premieres, 9 International Premieres and 29 European Premieres – and welcomes a stellar line-up of cast and crew for many of the films.

The 225-feature programmes include: 46 documentaries, 4 animations, 18 archive restorations and 7 artists’ moving image features.

The line-up also includes 160 short films, with 77 countries represented across short films and features.

During the 12-day Festival, LFF brings you Galas, Special Presentations, Competitive sections and an events programme with some of the world’s most inspiring creative leaders. Their strands (Love, Debate, Laugh, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Create, Experimenta, Family, and Treasures) are back, providing you with pathways to navigate the extensive programme of the world’s best new films.

The films TBB are particularly excited to see on the British Black talent would be Widows – directed by Oscar winning Steve McQueen and starring Cynthia Erivo and Daniel Kaluuya. Then Been So Long the stage play adapted for the big screen into a hip hop r&p musical starring Michaela Coel and Arinze Kene, and co-produced by Nadine Marsh Edwards of Greenacre Productions.

The short film strands feature a range of British Black shorts in the London Calling strand including Jenn Nkiru’s Rebirth is Necessary and Koby Adom’s haircut. *side thought – though the shorts strands are heaving with British Black and Brown diversity, the main feature programme is still not as strong.

TBB’s BFI LFF 2018 shorts programme.

THIS IS THE SOUND, THIS IS THE PICTURE – It takes the power of recorded images, sounds, and dance to capture and transform the world around us. Jump in, sit back and explore. Programmed by Nellie Alston | Total running time 107min

Films in this programme… 

JUCK [THRUST] – Strutting and unapologetic, this female dance troupe will express themselves. Dir Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert, Ulrika Bandeira. Sweden 2018. 17min

*British* FOUR QUARTETS – Dance along with this teen as he learns to stop forcing the narrative and just lets himself go with the music in queer UK. Dir Marco Alessi. UK 2018. 11min

*British* REBIRTH IS NECESSARY – A personal and powerful exploration of blackness, piecing together dreamlike portraits, including Afrofuturism pioneer Sun Ra and the revolutionary Black Panther Party. Dir Jenn Nkiru. UK 2017. 10min

*British* ENTITLED – Take a ride from Peckham to Nigeria and back again. Dir Adeyemi Michael. UK 2018. 4min

SCREENING DATES: Tuesday 16 October 2018 20:40 @ Prince Charles Cinema, Downstairs Screen | Wednesday 17 October 2018 14:45 @ Vue Leicester Sq, Screen 6

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A WORLD OF CONFLICT – Conflicts are all around us – in our families, communities and in the world. Local and international stories reveal the effect of how interconnected our lives have become. Programmed by Aga Baranowska | Total running time 104min

Films in this programme… 

*British* BLACK SHEEP – An 11-year-old boy struggles to navigate his way through a new and hostile environment. Dir Ed Perkins. UK 2018. 27min

*British* PICKING UP THE PIECES – John and Quiandre try to come to terms with the reality of their new life following the devastation left by Hurricane Irma. Dir Sebastian Feehan, Josh Bamford. UK 2018. 7min

SCREENING DATES: Wednesday 17 October 2018 20:45 @ BFI Southbank, NFT2 | Friday 19 October 2018 14:45 @ Vue Leicester Sq, Screen 6

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STOP MAKING SENSE – Laughter at its most bizarre, taking both surreal and all-too-real forms. A programme of laugh-out-loud shorts for these nonsensical times. Programmed by Seán McGovern | Total running time 104min

Films in this programme… 

HAIR WOLF In this Brooklyn beauty shop, there are definitely some things more terrifying than a white girl who thinks it’s okay to have dreads. Dir Mariama Diallo. USA 2018. 12min

SCREENING DATES: Thursday 11 October 2018 20:45 @ Prince Charles Cinema | Friday 12 October 2018 15:15 @ BFI Southbank, NFT3

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LONDON CALLING – A selection of new shorts from some of the capital’s most exciting upcoming filmmakers, supported by Film London. Programmed by Josic Cadoret | Total running time 104min

Films in this programme… 

JERK – A Jamaican man of the community battles depression and disillusionment. Dir Raine Allen-Miller. UK 2018. 10min

HOLY BEEF – Due to a bad case of the mumps, Slicker and his crew risk defeat in an escalating college beef. Only divine intervention will help them now. Dir Dwayne Gumbs, Iain Simpson. UK 2018. 11min

FLY – When you are a female rapper from Bermondsey, you only have one chance to fly. Make it count. Dir Nadira Amrani. UK 2018. 9min

HAIRCUT – A middle-aged barber has to calm the situation when a desperate teenage drug dealer holds up the barbershop at gunpoint. Dir Koby Adom. UK 2018. 15min

NIGHT OUT – Being a teenager is hard. Figuring out who you want to be is harder. Sometimes a night out can change everything. Dir Amelia Hashemi. UK 2018. 10min

SCREENING DATES: Thursday 18 October 2018 20:50 @ BFI Southbank, NFT1 | Saturday 20 October 2018 20:30
@ Curzon Mayfair Cinema, Screen 1

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IS IT ME OR IS IT THE WORLD? – Stories of creative resistance to dominant personal, cultural or political forces that seek to control the self; these films treasure artistic beauty, philosophical discourse, diverse sexuality and personal integrity. Programmed by Helen de Witt | Total running time 69mi 

Films in this programme… 

MAHOGANY TOO – Nigerian actress Esosa E beautifully re-enacts Diana Ross’s role in Mahogany as nostalgic Afro-Futurism. Dir Akosua Adoma Owusu. USA-Ghana 2018. 3min

*British* A IS FOR ARTIST – A young woman discovers her future by looking into her family’s past. Dir Ayo Akingbade. UK 2018. 4min

SCREENING DATES: Sunday 14 October 2018 18:10 @ BFI Southbank, NFT3

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TODAY IS A THING OF THE PAST – The unknown behind the familiar and the history behind the present combine to invite us on expeditions into new cinematic territories. Programmed by Helen de Witt | Total running time 85min

RICHLAND BLUE – A corrupt Police Dept produced several films. This is what they could have been like. Dir Kevin Jerome Everson. USA 2018. 4min

GODDESS – Inspired by a stag film by American photographer Garry Winogrand and corrupt police. Dir Kevin Jerome Everson. USA 2018. 2min

SCREENING DATES: Saturday 13 October 2018 13:45 @ BFI Southbank, NFT3

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PERFORMANCE ANXIETY – A series of distinctive short artists’ films exploring the ways sexuality, gender, masculinity and labour are expressed through performance and dance.

They offer a diverse range of approaches, from the highly stylised dance/movement work of Catherine Sullivan to the painfully sadomasochistic interactions of Stephen Sutcliffe’s vignettes and the fragile masculinity of Benjamin Crotty’s eponymous chauvinist. Programmed by Benjamin Cook | Total running time 72mi 

THE STARTLED FACTION – An extraordinary stylised exploration of self-possession and ambiguous labour explored though dance idioms, movement, mise-en-scène and drama, in collaboration with Chicago Dancemakers Forum. Dir Catherine Sullivan. USA 2018. 35min

SCREENING DATES: Monday 15 October 2018 18:30 @ BFI Southbank, NFT3

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WE WOULD BE LOST WITHOUT YOU – A sense-expanding programme of short artists’ films that investigate the limits of perception and new sensual relationships with technologies and things, and how these might be re-negotiated into new affective orders.

Taking a range of positions and methodologies, the programme includes two new 3D films that propose a whole new relationship with the screen. Programmed by Benjamin Cook | Total running time 82min

*British* MIC DROP – Investigating the performative gesture of the mic drop and expanding out to consider the interface and anxiety of the voice in relation to processing and technology. Dir Keith Piper. UK 2017. 12min

SCREENING DATES: Saturday 13 October 2018 11:30 @ BFI Southbank, NFT3

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WHAT’S MY AGE AGAIN? – Growing up is hard to do and there’s no denying we all undertake an important journey during our teenage years. In fact, those growing pangs are what connects us across continents and cultures. Programmed by Philip Ilson | Total running time 108min

SKIP DAY – School’s almost out. For seniors in Pahokee, the Monday after prom is Skip Day. Dir Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan. USA-UK 2018. 17min

*British* BESIDA – In a small tribal village, certain men are on the look-out to drive young girls to the big city. Besida’s older brother steps in to make sure that it doesn’t happen to her. Dir Chuko Esiri. UK 2017. 11min

*British* GIRL – A young refugee. Her period. Dir Lowri Roberts. UK 2018. 6min

SCREENING DATES: Saturday 13 October 2018 18:20 @ Rich Mix Cinema, Screen 1 | Wednesday 17 October 2018 12:30
@ Odeon Tottenham Court Road, Screen 3

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KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY – Family life is never easy. A multitude of evils and secrets can lurk behind closed doors. These shorts draw some of those secrets out into the open in order to explore what is acceptable behaviour within the domestic space. Programmed by Philip Ilson | Total running time 106min

STILL WATER RUNS DEEP – A son goes missing. A father must preserve his pride. Dir Abbesi Akhamie. Nigeria-USA 2017. 15min

*British* THIRD SORROW – Yejide is a single mother preparing for her daughter’s first cutting ceremony. Dir Myriam Raja. UK 2018. 9min

TWEEN – Being the only girl of African-American descent at the slumber party can lead to both prejudices and jealousy. Dir Raven Johnson. USA 2016. 8min

SCREENING DATES: Sunday 14 October 2018 20:30 @ BFI Southbank, NFT2 | Thursday 18 October 2018 13:00 @ ICA Cinema, Screen 1

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SHORT FILM AWARD PROGRAMME 1 – The Short Film Award recognises short form works with a unique cinematic voice and a confident handling of chosen theme and content. Total running time 80min

HELLO, RAIN – A scientist-witch who, through an alchemical combination of juju and technology, creates wigs that grant both her and her friends supernatural powers. Dir C J ‘Fiery’ Obasi. Nigeria 2018. 30min

SCREENING DATES: Saturday 20 October 2018 12:30 @ Odeon Tottenham Court Road, Screen 3

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SHORT FILM AWARD PROGRAMME 2 – The Short Film Award recognises short form works with a unique cinematic voice and a confident handling of chosen theme and content. Total running time 78min

*British* ANOTHER DECADE – A montage of 1990s-era archival video and recent footage, exhuming cultural debates from history’s grave to re-animate a once-promised future, still to arrive. Dir Morgan Quaintance. UK 2018. 13min

SCREENING DATES: Saturday 20 October 2018 15:30 @ Odeon Tottenham Court Road, Screen 3

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Check out the TBB BFI London Film Festival features programme schedule which includes British film, Widow, Been So Long and Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records here.


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