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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 seventeenth 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.

The team

Sarah Chorley, Festival Director

Philip Ilson, Artistic Director

Helen MacKenzie, Producer

Tom Grimshaw, Senior Programmer

Jenna Roberts, Marketing Manager and Access Coordinator, Industry Events Producer, Programming Assistant

Miranda Mungai, Documentary Programmer, Industry Events Producer, Print Production Coordinator

Dan Guthrie, Programming and Marketing Assistant

Tony Mbogori, Festival Assistant

Harry Løvstrøm, Volunteer Coordinator

Tom Harrington, Live Events Producer

Jim Dummett, Technical Manager

Will Swinburne, Print Transport

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