The Story So Far...
“…a vital moment in the UK film calendar, and a beacon of inclusive and groundbreaking filmmaking from a diverse range of backgrounds.” - The Voice
Broaching its sixteenth year, London Short Film Festival has been recognised as the premiere UK showcase for cutting edge homegrown and international short film.
Renowned as the capital’s ‘cornucopia of new and beloved shorts from around the world’ (CineVue) and for our consistently ambitious cross-arts programming, we strive always to platform emerging talent alongside the established with a 16 year old soft spot for the independent.
The first significant date on the UK’s film calendar, each January sees diverse audiences of 10,000+ flock to LSFF helming some of London’s most historic cinematic venues, from the Institute of Contemporary Arts to BFI Southbank, Curzon Soho to Hackney’s MOTH Club and Dalston’s Grade II listed Rio.
“The best short film festival in the world!” – The Guardian Guide
“…an unmissable treat… With fifteen editions under its belt and wrapping up one of the most politically charged years in its existence, this LSFF will be a meditation on the festival’s impact on British cinema and its legacy as promoter of uncompromising auteurs.” - HISKIND
“Now entering its fifteenth year, the London Short Film Festival is proving it’s worth for the long term.” - LeCool
“A premier showcase for cutting-edge UK independent film, LSFF is renowned for its innovative cross-arts programming and showcase of the country’s raw talent for 15 years.” - RunRiot
“Film fans who prefer multimedia thrills to multiplex fodder have flocked to this festival since its inception.” - Metro
“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
“…a cornerstone of London’s cultural calendar.” - Evening Standard
“…London’s bastion of cutting edge short films and multimedia.” - The Times
“With so few platforms left for aspiring directors, DoPs, editors and actors their hone their art, LSFF has never been more vital.” - CineVue
Over 10,000 tickets sold 500+ films screened every year, carefully curated from over 2500 UK and international submissions 94% of events sold to capacity 2018 saw us establishing a 58% female audience, 20% BAME, 23% LGBTQ, 6% Disabled The team
Sarah Chorley, Festival Director
Philip Ilson, Artistic Director
Gerry Maguire, Producer
Jenna Roberts, Marketing
Thomas Grimshaw, International and Special Events Programmer
Miranda Mungai, Documentary Programmer
The whistle-stop tour
In 2003, co-founders 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) Jo Duncombe (2015 - 2016), and Johanna Brooks (2017). Following the January 2015 festival, Sarah Chorley joined the team as Development Director, then progressing to become Festival Director in 2017. Gerry Maguire has joined the team as Festival Producer for the 2018 Festival.