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London Short Film Festival announced! #LSFF2015 continues to challenge & entertain in its 12th year. 9-18th January - SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

London  Short Film Festival 2015 The London Short Film Festival - "the best short film festival in the world.” according to The Guardian is back for its 12th year and it seems more determined than ever to challenge and entertain - on its quest to prove that the UK is a hotbed of film creativity.

The London Short Film Festival 2015 is set to take place from 9-18th January 2015 at various venues around London including: the ICA, Hackney Picturehouse and Oval Space. Over the 9 days of The London Short Film Festival 2015 they will be hosting a number of events and screenings, too many for me to to list but I have included the official press release further below or visit : to browse the full The London Short Film Festival 2015 programme.

LSFF still prides itself on being the biggest showcase of UK short film. Away from the mainstream, UK film culture is alive with incredible artistes and original voices which will be showcased at this year’s Festival. The core programme of selected shorts will screen across Hackney Picturehouse and the ICA.

With 34 programmes of predominantly new UK work across all venues, this is a real snapshot of 21st century Britain: love stories, horror stories, comedy, documentary, music and lo-budget gems.

Our themed programmes include perennial favourites such as Fucked Up Love, Lo-Budget Mayhem, Night of the Living Docs, Surreal Worlds, Teenage Girls Go Crazy! and Funny Shit, to new kids on the block such as Tales of the Unexpected, WTF: Outside the Box, Gothic! and A Musical Box. Plus a chance to see longer work in Long[er] Docs and Short Longes.

The #LSFF2015 programme has something for everyone but if I may make a personal recommendation it's probably worth catching I FINK U FREEKY: The Cinematic Vision of Roger Ballen & Saskia Vredeveld on Sat 10 Jan 18:00 at the ICA.

I Fink U Freeky - Roger Ballen & Ninja & Yolandi Visser
I Fink U Freeky - Roger Ballen & Ninja & Yolandi Visser
"Roger Ballen is one of the most influential and important photographic artists of the 21st century, spanning over a forty year career in South Africa before his video for Die Antwoord, I FINK U FREEKY, received over 55 million hits on YouTube in 2012."

Saskia Vredeveld is a South African filmmaker who lives in Amsterdam, with over 20 years of documentary experience."

More than likely it will be on the challenging side of the spectrum more than the entertaining but his striking and engaging visuals will certainly make an impact on you in a similar vein to David Lynch or Harmony Korine.

After the screening, they'll be showing a selection of music videos by Die Antwoord, followed by a guest DJ set by post-pitbull maximal house terrorists, Bear Nang in the bar.

We’re not here to entertain you, we’re here to make you feel uncomfortable” - Viv Albertine, after Luis Buñuel)

London Short Film Festival 2015
London Short Film Festival 2015

The London Short Film Festival returns to London for the 12th year to be as confrontational as ever and prove that the UK is truly a hotbed of film creativity.

This year, LSFF received an unprecedented number of submissions – 1500 in total, including international submissions for the first time – via our new submissions platform FLOCK, developed by LSFF’s strategic partner, SHOOTING PEOPLE. For the 2015 festival, taking place from 9-18th January, LSFF is working principally with PICTUREHOUSE CINEMAS as a venue partner, streamlining the programmed events to the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and Hackney Picturehouse

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The Attic at Hackney Picturehouse will host the LSFF INDUSTRY PROGRAMME, running from Saturday 10th to Saturday 17th Jan – including workshops from MOFILM, BRITDOC & BRITISH COUNCIL FILM. We’ll also be hosting HAPPY HOUR DRINKS for filmmakers on Monday 12th – Friday 15th Jan, 6-7pm, courtesy of our industry sponsors PERFORMANCE INSURANCE.

The ICA will play host to LSFF’s experimental new short film programmes, including the regular Leftfield & Luscious alongside Celluloid Traces and a showcase of the best of UK animation, plus our special events. 

We're pleased to announce that we have an ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND funded music & film crossover, with a commission for electronica artiste GAZELLE TWIN working alongside experimental animator CARLA MACKINNON to create a new live show. This will be playing the ICA Theatre on Thursday 15th January (before touring to Watershed, Bristol and FACT, Liverpool in Spring ‘15). Gazelle Twin recently received the number one spot on The Quietus top 100 albums of 2014, and The Quietus are a key LSFF media partner for our music programme.

We will also present the London premiere of the Branchage Festival commission of Jersey-based band SEMU CA’s new score to the bizarre classic silent documentary HAXAN: WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES. (in association with Filmphonics live scores at the Hackney Attic).

In partnership with MUBI, we present “The Teenage Girl Aesthetic” featuring a JENNIFER REEDER short film retrospective (+ Q&A), plus a screening of 1982 teen flick VALLEY GIRL (starring a young Nicholas Cage). The event will be followed by live set by riot grrrl trio SKINNY GIRL DIET. MUBI are also offering LSFF’ers a 30 day free trial of their hand-picked selection of the best films at

Other music related festival event includes:
  • A documentary screening of I DREAM OF WIRES (about analogue synthesizer obsessives, in association with Dazzle London) followed by a live set by electronic duo SHITWIFE and analogue visual projections by Julian Hand.
  • DAVID HOLMES presents the UK Premiere of his directorial debut I AM HERE, and joins us at the ICA in conversation with MARK KERMODE, in partnership with Channel 4’s Alpha Fund and Northern Ireland Screen.
  • A showcase of film work by South African photographer ROGER BALLEN, best known for his I FINK YOU FREEKY video for Die Antwoord, followed by a Die Antwoord video and music celebration in the ICA bar featuring a DJ set from BEAR NANG.
  • THE ERRORISTS present “The Ascendant Accumulation of Realism” featuring live cello by Andreas Köhler and the videowork of Hilary Koob-Sassen.

For our awards night party (Saturday 17th Jan), we rekindle our summer-romance with DOMINO PUBLISHING to host a party at the brilliant OVAL SPACE, where specially invited Domino bands will perform and LSFF Award Winners will be announced. Our Award partners are the British Council (UK Short), Sheffield Doc/Fest (documentary), ICA (experimental), Lomography (lo-budget), Shooting People (student), ShortsTV (horror & sci-fi), LOCO London Comedy Film Festival (comedy), Women in Film & TV (woman director), and Encounters Short Film Festival (animation).

  • I am Dora presents “Is it peculiar that she twerks in the mirror?", a panel about female representation in music video
  • Club des Femmes presents “Papa’s Cinema is dead: looking through the Greek female lens” with a filmmakers panel.
  • ANDREW KOTTING and IAIN SINCLAIR in conversation, discussing their new project BY OUR SELVES.
  • A FASHION FILM programme presented in partnership with UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS, LONDON
  • Short film screenings in association with Short Sighted Cinema, particularly Sketch Night, mixing funny shorts with live comedy.
  • A night of queer short film and music in New Queer Visions at the Hackney Attic.
  • A retrospective of award winning short films by BAFTA nominated SIMON ELLIS followed by a Q&A.
  • LOCO London Comedy Film Festival partner on two NYC web-series related screenings: THE SLOPE: SUPERFICIAL, HOMOPHOBIC LESBIANS by Desiree Akhavan, who’s debut feature Appropriate Behaviour will be released by Peccadillo Pictures in February, and tj misny: INTIMATE SEMAPHORES; both a mix of Woody Allen-esque New York wit and a Lena Durham aesthetic. 
  • THE FILM THAT BUYS THE CINEMA is a chance to see the 70 x 1 minute films made to support Bristol’s Cube Cinema, and includes work by Peter Strickland, Mark Cousins, Nicholas Roeg, Ben Rivers and Andrew Kotting. 
  • We present the world premiere of SILVER SHOES, the portmanteau feature by Jennifer Lyon Bell, who works with feminist erotic content, plus filmmaker Q&A.
For our final evening at the ICA on Sunday 18th, we hope to excite Cineastes and celluloid lovers, with the opportunity to experience all things 16mm at ANALOGUE RECURRING, a 16mm film showcase and multi-projection event curated by DAVID LEISTER featuring work by GREG POPE.

Throughout the Festival dates at Hackney Picturehouse, we will also be hosting DVD-Bang, a pop-up micro cinema based on the South Korean movie rental shops. DVD-bangs are South Korean entertainment spaces where you can enjoy a film in a private movie room with your friends and delicious snacks! 

Also at the festival is FOURWALLS: an exciting new short film project which aims to give Londoners an opportunity to express their views about housing in the capital. A jury of housing, film and design industry experts, chaired by David Lammy MP, will shortlist the most compelling and thought-provoking short films to premiere at the London Short Film Festival in January 2015. The top prize is £1,000! 

Also this year, LSFF is helping to support the JAMESON FIRST SHOT film competition. Jameson are on the hunt for the globe’s most gifted, undiscovered filmmakers with compelling stories to tell. Three talented winners from across the world will have the once-in-a-life-time opportunity to have their scripts turned into short films with the help of KEVIN SPACEY and DANA BRUNETTI of Trigger Street Productions, and to direct ADRIEN BRODY. At LSFF we’re helping Jameson seek out and connect with the very best of British filmmaking talent for this incredible opportunity!

The London Short Film Festival was incredibly saddened to here of the recent death of a great supporter of short film: Chris Collins of BFI Production and previously the UK Film Council (and an LSFF jury member). We will host a charity fund-raiser screening of work produced by Chris, with all profits going to Dimbelby Cancer Care charity.

Philip Ilson, creative director of the London Short Film Festival, said:
LSFF is like a cinematic toy shop to me; it’s an amazing feeling to get wowed by the amazing groundbreaking creative work coming through year after year and get that out in front of excited audiences who flock to screenings and events. Of course, our core remit is to showcase new short film, but we’ve always been rabidly cross-arts, with music and live events galore, as well as showcasing the filmmakers who’ve been rocking our worlds this last year in a series of special events and retrospectives.

But, in keeping with this year’s Festival tagline, we truly believe that you’re not here for bland easy entertainment (go to TV talent shows for that!), but we want you to challenge and excite you with unique stuff that you’re simply not going to get anywhere else. The perfect start to the New Year!”

Full programme details and booking info can be found on the LSFF website:

For more information about the 12th London Short Film Festival and the full programme head over to:

12th London Short Film Festival 2015
Between 9-18th January 2015

Institute Of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH
Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, London E2 9DT, United Kingdom


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