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“…a vital moment in the UK film calendar, and a beacon of inclusive and groundbreaking filmmaking from a diverse range of backgrounds.” - The Voice

Renowned as the capital’s ‘cornucopia of new and beloved shorts from around the world’ (CineVue), London Short Film Festival enters its eighteenth year as the UK’s premiere showcase for emerging and established, homegrown and international short form.

The first significant date on the UK’s film calendar, each January sees diverse audiences of 10,000+ at some of London’s most historic cinematic venues, from the Institute of Contemporary Arts, to BFI Southbank, to Dalston’s Grade II listed Rio.

The festival was founded in 2003 by Philip Ilson and Kate Taylor under the nominer ‘Halloween Short Film Festival’, a continuation of The Halloween Short Film Club Philip had been programming since 1994. In 2008, the festival became the London Short Film Festival and 2020 marks its seventeenth edition.

A message from LSFF on COVID-19

The team

Amanda Parker, Festival Director

Philip Ilson, Artistic Director

Tom Grimshaw, Senior Programmer

Akinno Aquino, Producer

Jenna Roberts, Marketing and Operations Manager, Industry Producer

Miranda Mungai, Documentary Programmer, Industry Producer

Dan Guthrie, Programming Assistant

Jim Dummett, Technical Manager

UK selection committee: Philip Ilson, Sylvie Dumont, Dan Guthrie

International selection committe: Tom Grimshaw, Laura Jacobs, Mo-Jai Mckeown, Ben Nicholson, Maria Paradinas, Jenna Roberts

Clara Helbig, Documentary Pre-selector

Zoe McWhinney, Deaf Programmer

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