LSFF is here! The opening weekend...

With kick-off tonight, the London Short Film Festival team wanted to flag up their personal pics for the coming first weekend.
LSFF is here! The opening weekend...

above: Jean-Marc Barr & Radha Mitchell in 'Whoever Was Using This Bed' (Andrew Kotatko), based on the short story by Raymond Carver

Our new shorts programmes of UK and international shorts and documentaries from open submission are at the core of the Festival, screening across our three main venues: Hackney Picturehouse, the ICA and Picturehouse Central. Full information of these programmes can be found here 

Don’t forget LSFF Happy Hour Drinks which take place in Hackney Attic on weekdays between 5.30-6.30. Show us your LSFF industry or screening ticket for a complimentary Jameson, Ginger & Lime.

Check out the full industry programme here

And the Festival has lots of other groovy activity going on, not least at our alternative venue Moth Club in Hackney. Here’s what the team are looking forward to:

Philip Ilson (Artistic Director)

A celebration of Raymond Carver

Join us for two screenings of Carver adaptations, in association with MUBI. The late US writer Raymond Carver (who sadly died in 1988) is best known for his short stories. Robert Altman adapted a number of these (nine stories plus one poem) for his all-star cast epic Short Cuts, which we’re screening from 35mm with an intro by journalist Ian Hayden Smith. We are also showcasing a number of short films based on Carver’s work, followed by a panel about adaptation featuring former Bloomsbury commissioning editor and an early UK publisher of Carver’s poems, Bill Swainson.

Raymond Carver: Short Stories 

Raymond Carver: Short Cuts 

Begotten (1990) + live score by The Begotten

Wanna be disturbed? Well, Begotten is listed as one of the most disturbing films ever made, and on Sunday night you can watch it on 16mm film at Moth Club Hackney with a live score by The Begotten.Not for the faint hearted....

The New Underground Cinema + panel

Does underground cinema exist in 2017? On Monday 9 January at Moth Club Hackney, we're screening Jett Hollywood's new documentary about the underground film scene in the UK now, and we have a panel afterwards bringing together some of the stalwarts of the underground, including Duncan Reekie (Exploding Cinema), Laura Shacham (Kino London), Anna Bogutskaya (Final Girls / Underwire) and director Fabrizio Federico, hosted by LSFF co-founder Kate Taylor.

Johanna Brooks (Festival Producer)

Docs: Regeneration + panel

A hot topic in 2017, as much of London is being gentrified with new flats and apartments, from Brixton to East London, and music venues such as Fabric being forced to close (though luckily saved!). These short documentaries address what’s going on, giving voices to displaced residents, artists and musicians who are experiencing these changes first hand. The filmmakers and special guests will be joining us for a panel discussion following the screening.

Oska Bright on Tour

The leading international festival of shorts made by people and artists with learning disabilities brings its eclectic mix to LSFF. Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, American Honey) says “Oska Bright is brilliant!” – come and see why…!

Jenna Roberts (Festival Assistant)

International shorts

Picturehouse Central plays host to our four programmes of international shorts selected from open submission to the Festival this year. It’s the very brightest filmmaking talent from across the globe; short films from Mexico, France, Philippines, The Netherlands, Columbia, Estonia, USA, Italy, Greece, and many more feature in unique curated programmes.

Annette Kennerley: Smoulder & Curl + filmmaker Q&A


From the late eighties through to the late nineties, artist-filmmaker Annette Kennerley created a unique and deeply personal body of 16mm films that explored the emotional ebb and flow of lesbian relationships and sexuality. At times joyous, witty and sexy yet tinged with melancholy, these films offer an emotionally frank and at times voyeuristic journey through the memories of contentment, desire and regret, with specific reference to her relationship with her young son Jack. Annette was also an early enquirer into trans relationships and identities, mixing straight to camera interviews with her and Jack’s own playful experiments with gender fluidity. Selina Robertson (Club des Femmes) will host a Q&A with Annette.

And don’t forget our Saturday prom night, Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us Now. With Hello Mozart (a DJ resident at Hot Boy Dancing Spot) on the decks, expect American pop-rock, power ballads from movie soundtracks and cheesy tunes galore. And because we know that Christmas and New Years have probably left us all broke, tickets are only a fiver and there’s a free beer, thanks to Warsteiner. Prost!