Make the most of LSFF: Networking and Industry

LSFF hosts over 19 networking and industry opportunities for filmmakers over the 10 day festival. A perfect opportunity to hone your skills and meet other like-minded individuals.
Make the most of LSFF: Networking and Industry

Ever since the London Short Film Festival began, we have hosted and promoted a range of FREE industry events and networking opportunities for filmmakers to attend. This year is no different and we're delighted to present the biggest strand of 19 events across the 10 days. We welcome numerous partners to the festival to discuss the importance of short film in the industry; from the future of film festivals to hat makes a good documentary and current issues including sexism in music videos. With this range of opportunities, LSFF hopes to offer support and inspiration wherever you are in your filmmaking career. Here is a selection of events that will help you make the most of the 10 days.

Panels at LSFF

1. Shooting People and Vimeo

Head on down to the Curzon Soho as Shooting People and Vimeo join forces to present:The End of the Fucking World Case Study. Lead Curator at Vimeo, Jordan McGarry will be there to discuss the strategy for releasing a film to an online audience, together with Director Jonathan Entwistle and lead actor Craig Roberts (Submarine).

2. Film London and Creative England

In what will no doubt be a very popular event, Film London and Creative England return to LSFF to present: How to Get Public Funding for your Shorts. Film London's Talent Development Coordinator Jo Cadoret and Creative England's Senior Film Executive Celine Haddad will discuss what funding and opportunities are on offer for new and emerging talent through BFINET.WORK. As partners of the NET.WORK, they will reveal how best to get your projects funded and what will help you make the grade. 

3. Advance Films

David Pope from Advance Films will be holding 20 minute one to one surgeries with 5 LSFF  filmmakers who have feature film projects.

Filmmakers have 5 minutes to pitch projects and will receive feedback, tips and advice.

The first 5 filmmakers to email with ‘advance surgeries’ in the subject heading will be allocated a space. Please include a short synopsis of the project. Please include a short synopsis of the project.

*LSFF Insider Info - This event always gets booked up quickly so be sure to rsvp as soon as possible.

4. ThinkSync Music

ThinkSync Music present: A Music Supervision Workshop. Lead by Connie Farr and her ThinkSync colleagues, this is a MUST for every short filmmaker in the festival. Finding the right music can completely change your film. Get those RSVPs in early. 

Credits include Lilting which will open the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Working Title’sThe Borrowers, Film 4’s Dreams of a Life and Grand Jury winner of SXSWGimme The Loot.

5. LoCo Film Festival and Future Film

You’ve made your funny short film, but now what? Our expert panel of speakers discuss the best ways to get your work seen, shared and celebrated, both online and on the big screen.

6. British Council and International Delegation

Drawing on the expertise of a visiting delegation of European film festival programmers, this panel will attempt a little future gazing: How is the exhibition landscape evolving for festivals on digital platforms? What does this mean for filmmakers, and how can they strategize for the future?

7. Cinema Jam

This panel discussion will feature three unique perspectives on how people working in the short film format can do the unthinkable – build a viable career! The panelists are all rising stars pulled from the ranks of Cinema Jam, an international membership organisation of emerging film talent based in London. 
After the discussion, participants are invited to stick around to have a few drinks and enjoy some of Cinema Jam’s trademark non-networky mingling. RSVP here

8. Radar Music

Caroline Bottomley from Radar Music Videos is joined by an established industry rep to offer one to one advice in an on-stage music video career surgery. Get specific advice for your career by bringing your laptop, coming to the front and sharing your work. Or for more general advice, stay in the audience and ask questions. WOMEN! You are particularly welcome – women are very under-represented as music video directors and we want to encourage more of you. Men, of course welcome too.

Alexa Freeman or FreeAgent UK will be one of the 2 other panel members. She represents some of the best production companies in the world and also represents 11 independent

9. iFeatures

iFeatures is funded by Creative England, BFIFilm Fund, BBCFilms and Creative Skillset. Aimed at 1st and 2nd time feature filmmakers, 16 teams go through development and 3 films are greenlit with budgets of £350,000.

iFeatures launches in January 2014 and the new Executive Producer will detail the scheme and any changes, answering any questions.

10. RADA

This Q&A session aims to help directors and actors gain a clear understanding of their responsibilities and working relationships when collaborating on a film project. Led by Edward Hicks, Head of Film, TV and Radio at RADA, the audience can ask questions about casting, difficult on-set situations, helping to overcome insecurities and encouraging cast and crew to deliver first- rate performances.

11. London Film Academy and the Institute for International Film Financing

A panel of industry experts will provide you with up-to-date insider knowledge and tips on how to secure film funding. Aimed at individuals who would like to learn about the opportunities in independent film.  As well as being a good opportunity to expand your knowledge, this will be a great chance to expand your network of industry professionals.

Documentary at LSFF

With 4 documentary programmes screening at this year's LSFF, we're huge fans of the genre and want to provide as many opportunities for documentary filmmakers as possible.

1. Sheffield Doc/Fest

What makes a good documentary? Charlie Philips, deputy director of Sheffield Doc Fest will talk to documentary filmmakers about capitalising on your unique style to help your film stand out from the crowd. This panel is about the importance of voice and style in the industry.


How to get on that Documentary Funder's radar. Luke W Moody, Grants Officer at BRITDOCFoundation offers some introductory advice for emerging filmmakers seeking attention from funders and engaged audiences. The session will discuss international opportunities to pitch your project and how to prepare your proposal.

Networking at LSFF

This year's programme offers plenty of networking events and parties where you can meet other filmmakers and industry professionals.

1. Mosaic Winter Networking

Come in from the cold and celebrate the festival with Mosaic Networking. Book your ticket here

2. LSFF Afternoon Tea

Join LSFFand key industry professionals for an informal networking session. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and get advice from some of the UK’s most connected movers and shakers and hopefully gain valuable insight into all things short film.

3. Shooters in the Pub

Head down to the ICA for a spot of networking with Shooting People and see what they have up their sleeves for 2014!

Unless stated otherwise, please book your place by emailing: including the name of the event/ partner in the subject heading. See you there!