London Short Film Festival at Hackney Picturehouse

Head to Hackney during LSFF for 4 fantastic New Shorts programmes featuring stars, sons, sisters, sci-fi, sex and the odd musical number.
London Short Film Festival at Hackney Picturehouse

Things kick off at Hackney Attic on Saturday 11th with a special programme of longer shorts followed by a Q&A with filmmakers and a music set from Bare Fists DJs.

At Hackney Picturehouse, Thursday 16th promises a night of family drama with NEW SHORTS #22 FATHER and NEW SHORTS #23 MOTHER. And on Sunday 19th we round things off with festival favourite NEW SHORTS #30 A WINTER'S MATINEE OF ROMANTIC FILMS.


Sat 11 Jan 15:00 Hackney Attic

In association with Short-Sighted Cinema.

A chance to spend a relaxed afternoon with a series of longer form drama shorts. Join us in the Hackney Picturehouse Attic for a full session of varied cinematic treats, including new work from comedian Josie Long and the hit sci-fi epic Hereafter starring Lydia Wilson (Misfits) which premiered as a YouTube web series on The Multiverse channel.

Where possible, each film will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, hosted by Short Sighted Cinema. Total duration: 4 hours


Soundtrack heavy club night lead by none other than Stanley Schtinter, the man behind too many projects to list, but more recently behind Ian Sinclair’s 70×70. Expect music from forgotten films and all the cinematic classics with stunning visuals as a backdrop to your post-short-film gorge. 

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Thu 16 Jan 18:45

The father is the bedrock of the family, or that’s the traditional notion. But no punches are pulled in this selection of films tackling parental love and the fraught relationships between child and father, whether absent or very much in charge. There’s Joseph Mawle as an alcoholic in The Beast (opposite Kate Dickie), and Michael Smiley as a priest in Father (opposite Antonia Campbell Hughes, and directed by Tamara Drewe’s writer Moira Buffini).

97 min

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Thu 16 Jan 21:00

Experience a powerful programme of drama with a selection of films that zone in on the fraught relationships between the women in the family. Mothers don’t always see eye to eye with their offspring, but the bond is so strong it’s tough to break. Watch out for Maxine Peake looking after her anorexic daughter in The Heart Fails Without Warning written by Hilary Mantell, and Primeval’s Lucy Brown as a young mother protecting her family from bullies in This Is Vanity.

91 min

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Sun 19 Jan 13:00

You may think “sweet and twee” at the sight of blossoming romance and young lovers, but this selection will bring a warmth to your heart on a cold winter’s afternoon. See marriage in the air in Fish Love and Popping The Question, romance blossom in Lou & Henry, and unrequited love in A German Word. Plus we like a film with a choreographed dance scene so look out for Moments and I Want To Be Happy Cha Cha.

104 min

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