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The 12th London Short Film Festival

LFF 2015
LSFF 2015

The 12th London Short Film Festival

Dates: 9-18 January 2015

ICA, Hackney Picturehouse, Oval Space, London

LSFF website

For its 12th edition, the London Short Film Festival presents another exciting and jam-packed line-up, inluding 34 themed film programmes alongside a number of live shows and inventive events. Running from 9 to 18 January, the LSFF core programme of selected shorts will screen across Hackney Picturehouse and the ICA, where the festival kicks off in style with a screening of the British Council Best UK Short Award nominees, followed by the ever popular Funny Shit selection.

Other themed programmes include the ever popular Fucked Up Love, Lo-Budget Mayhem, Night of the Living Docs, Surreal Worlds, Teenage Girls Go Crazy! as well as new additions Tales of the Unexpected, WTF: Outside the Box, Gothic! and A Musical Box.

We are particularly excited about the music and film crossover event that sees Gazelle Twin working alongside experimental animator Carla MacKinnon to create a new live show at the ICA on 15 January. Also worth checking out is the London premiere of the Branchage Festival commission of Jersey-based band Semu Ca’s new score to outlandish silent documentary-fiction hybrid Häxan: Witchcraft through the Ages (in association with Filmphonics live scores at the Hackney Attic).

Other noteworthy events include analogue synthesizer obsessives documentary I Dream of Wires (in association with Dazzle London), followed by a live set by electronic duo Shitwife and analogue visual projections by Julian Hand; The Errorists‘ ‘The Ascendant Accumulation of Realism’ featuring live cello by Andreas Köhler and the videowork of Hilary Koob-Sassen; and the world premiere of Silver Shoes, the portmanteau feature by Jennifer Lyon Bell, who works with feminist erotic content.

Throughout the Festival Hackney Picturehouse will host DVD-Bang, a pop-up micro cinema based on the South Korean movie rental shops, as well as the industry programmes, including workshops and happy hour drinks. The ICA will screen LSFF’s experimental new short film programmes, including the regular Leftfield & Luscious, alongside Celluloid Traces and a showcase of the best of UK animation.

For more information and the full programme, please visit the LSFF website.

The 11th London Short Film Festival

The Punk Singer

The 11th London Short Film Festival

Dates: 10-19 January 2014

Various venues, London

LSFF website

The London Short Film Festival has just announced its programme and it’s packed with inventive and exciting events. The festival opens on January 10 with a screening of The Punk Singer (presented in association with Birds Eye View Film Festival), a documentary about radical musician and activist Kathleen Hanna, of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, who embodies many of LSFF’s ideals.

Running from January 10 to 19, the festival has expanded to 32 programmes, including their regular strands (Femmes Fantastique, Left and Luscious), to which they’ve added a Gothic and Grotesque selection to tie in with the current BFI season, Celluloid Traces, for experimental and documentary filmmakers working with film stock, and a late-night Thriller programme. Retrospectives include renowned screenwriter Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Red Riding) and animator Chris Shepherd. As always the festival has numerous music-related events, including Lisa Gunning’s new Goldfrapp video project and a Music Video Showcase playing for free in East London bars.

At Electric Sheep we are particularly looking forward to the live visual and aural remix of Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England by category-defying electro-post-rock band Teeth of the Sea, which promises to expand the psychedelic thrills of the film. The Ghost Box record label, which impressed us at the Flatpack Festival in 2010, will present one of their eerie visual and sonic shows, incorporating children’s programmes, 1960s underground animation, abstract op-art and 1970s TV to create a brilliantly hallucinatory experience. We are also intrigued by the performance of harpist and songwriter Serafina Steer in the magical Victorian surroundings of the Horniman Museum, alongside the work of animator Sam Steer.

Watch out for the Teeth of the Sea’s Film Jukebox in early January, in which the band discuss their 10 favourite films.

The festival will also feature a Straight 8 filmmaking challenge, debates and discussions, as well as industry events. Always buzzing with energy and ideas, LSFF is a terrific way to start the filmic year.