Our top tips for London Short Film Festival


London Film Festival opens tomorrow and yep, they’ve done it again… get ready for a strong, eclectic and edgy programme of exciting screenings and events across the city. Feeling spoilt for choice and not sure what to go to? Here are Fashion Popcorn picks for each day of the festival.

Friday 4th: Opening Night and New Shorts #1: Funny Shit
Whet your appetite for the Festival to come at the ICA bar with guest DJs and plenty of beer courtesy of Vedett. Then head over to New Shorts #1: Funny Shit. The popular kick off to LSFF returns to put a smile on your face for the New Year. Thank fuck it’s Friday, so drown the January blues with a few belly laughs, both dark and more light hearted. Watch out for the Will Self adaptation THE NORTH LONDON BOOK OFTHE DEAD, and Russell Tovey and Jarred Christmas in IS THIS A JOKE?


Saturday 5thNew Shorts #7: MIDNIGHT MOVIES
London Short Film Festival teams up with Midnight Movies for a third year running, for a mixture of strange cinema, out and out horror, and creepy dreams and nightmares, all in the majestic surroundings of the Rio Cinema.


Sunday 6th: New Shorts #9: LEFTFIELD AND LUSCIOUS
The popular Sunday matinee screening of the best in new experimental work, from stunning animations to groundbreaking artists work, including new films from Ben Rivers, Max Hattler, Stuart Pound, Liane Lang, Jessica Sarah Rinland and Tim Webb. Watch out for Anna Friel in the gorgeous looking METAMORPHOSIS, and join Hastings residents including filmmaker Andrew Kotting sea swimming in GLITTER AND STORM.


Monday 7th: Through the Looking Glass, Underwire Forum
Underwire , the short film festival showcasing shorts by women, brings their UK Forum Tour home to London to host an intimate dinner at BAFTA for female cinematographers as part of LSFF. Creating a space to allow you to think ambitiously and confidently about progressing in your creative career, Underwire invites a female mentor to share with the forum her experiences and advice. They want you to talk about your work, what problems you might be facing in progressing in your career and together we will set goals for the new year.


Tuesday 8th: Fashion Popcorn #6 and party (well, what else?!!)
Fashion Popcorn returns to LSFF this year to host a selection of contemporary fashion films and a chance to network with filmmakers, fashion aficionados and digital media practitioners. Fashion Popcorn #6 presents a short selection of new fashion films, some with a twist of innovation, some just simply a cinematic delight, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Then up to the Hackney Picturehouse Attic for a free drink and a chance to play with interactive luxury fashion supplement O: by TANK, accompanied by stunning visuals and invigorating tunes from the fabulous Blackout and Straightola.

Wednesday 9: Al + Al: Mythical Portraits
Join the London premiere screening of The Creator, a beautiful and surreal film by award-winning British filmmakers AL and AL, which follows Thinking Machines from the future on a mystical odyssey to discover their creator: legendary computer scientist Alan Turing. Decades ago, Turing famously asked, ‘Can machines think?’ and ever since, the notion of computers exceeding human intelligence has transfixed researchers and popular culture alike.


Thursday 10th: Rich Pickings presents the Sleep Paralysis project
An evening of short films and discussion exploring the space between sleeping and waking, with a focus on the phenomena of sleep paralysis and hypnogogic hallucination. Sleep paralysis – the experience of becoming conscious during sleep while the body is paralysed, often with a crushing sensation and the sense of a presence in the room – is experienced by up to 50% of people at some point in their lives. This event will explore its scientific basis and cultural significance.


Friday 11th: Club des Femmes presents…The Art of Conscience: A Pussy Riot Fundraiser
In February 2012 punk band Pussy Riot played a gig in Moscow’s Orthodox cathedral. By March, Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samutsevich were arrested and later convicted to two years imprisonment for ‘hooliganism on grounds of religious hatred’. One year on, Club de Femmes want to reconsider the censorship that turned these artists into prisoners of conscience, raising money for Amnesty UK’s Free Pussy Riot campaign on the way.

Saturday 12th: At Home with the Ludskis 
Intriguing & inspiring moving image makers, artists, music makers and performers take over Rio Cinema, Dalston, for another unique late night art club, curated by Granny Ludski.


Sunday 13th: New Shorts #25: FAMILY AFFAIRS and Closing Night
You can choose your friends but not your relatives. A powerful selection of family drama; family bonds can be a hindrance and a blessing. Watch out for Edward Hogg starring in DAWN and see new work from Screen International’s director to watch Mahalia Belo in VOLUME. Then after the screening why not join the closing night celebrations where Festival awards will be announced, and the winners screened!

For the full programme visit the London Short Film Festival website.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!


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