The Story So Far

The London Short Film Festival, now in its 13th year, has been recognised as the premiere UK showcase for cutting-edge UK independent film, while now accepting international submissions.

Renowned for daring cross-arts programming, we have showcased the very best of the country’s raw talent for 12 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 decade and beyond.

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), with Jo Duncombe joining as the 2015 Producer alongside a one-year partnership with Shooting People. Following the January 2015 Festival, Sarah Chorley joined the team as Business Development Director, to take the Festival forward with Philip and Jo still on board, and moving to new office space in East London. 

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