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.