The Story So Far

The London Short Film Festival, now in its 12th year, has been recognised as the premiere UK showcase for cutting-edge UK independent film. For the January 2015 Festival, we are opening to international filmmakers.

Renowned for daring cross-arts programming, we have showcased the very best of the country’s raw talent for 11 years. The London Short Film Festival is a Mecca for the UK’s young creative talent and a significant date in the UK film calender.

Every year the Festival’s large and loyal audience flock to screenings and events, and this network has grown steadily over almost a decade.

A brief history

In 2003 Philip Ilson and Kate Taylor organised the first Halloween Short Film Festival at the ICA. This was formed as a continuation of The Halloween Short Film Club which Philip had been programming since 1994. In 2008 the festival became the London Short Film Festival and has been growing year-on-year to take in more films, live music, industry and training events and diverse, high-quality venues.

Kate Taylor's last Festival was in 2009 and since then the Festival Producer has been Carla MacKinnon (2010), Chloe Roddick (2011 - 2012), Cassandra Neal (2013 - 2014), and we now welcome Joanna Duncombe as the 2015 Producer alongside a new partnership with Shooting People (who have created a new Festival submissions platform: flock).

The team

2013 facts & figures


What they say

“The Best Short Film Festival in the World” – Guardian Guide

“Too good a party to miss - Time Out

“A London bastion of cutting-edge short films and multimedia - The Times

“Film fans who prefer multimedia thrills to multiplex fodder have flocked to this festival since its inception - Metro

“Excellent film/music festival - Critics Choice, Time Out

"This is a festival not afraid to take creative risks and nurture new talent, something rarely seen in this age of austerity and conformity." - i-D Magazine

"With so few platforms left for aspiring directors, DoPs, editors and actors their hone their art, the LSFF has never been more vital." - CineVue

"You could experience 20 things in the time it takes to watch The Hobbit. Take that Bilbo!" - Guardian Guide 2013