London Short Film Festival is a 10 day conversation of films from all backgrounds presented by 250-300 British and International film makers. With 5000+ submissions, LSFF serves to highlight short films from the very best in an open dialogue from all backgrounds.
For the first time, LSFF brings a 100% online experience making the festival open to a worldwide audience. So what can you expect to see?
LSFF opens with a first: the premiere UK presentation of filmic opera Good Stock On The Dimension Floor: An Opera, directed by HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? The film is a cinematic ode to Blackness and revolutionary possibility which has rarely been seen in its entirety after the collective withdrew it from the 2014 Whitney Biennial in protest at the art world’s racist practices. The collective is made up of a fluctuating roster of 38 predominantly Black and queer multidisciplinary artists - including cellist Kelsey Lu, Sienna Shields and award-winning poet-activist Dawn Lundy Martin
The screening will be followed by Toronto International Film Festival programmer and writer Lydia Ogwang in exclusive Q&A with several of the members - artists Sienna Shields, Jasmine Murrell, Andre Springer, poet and writer Dawn Lundy Martin and writer, artist and senior editor of the LA Review of Books Lisa Teasley.
Experimental artist filmmaking is celebrated annually in LSFF’s Platform strand, welcoming radical anonymous Mexican collective Colectivo Los Ingrávidos for the 2021 showcase. Their defiantly politicised and playful work disrupts through both form and content, tackling topics from femicides in Latin America to “making the rich pay for COVID-19”.
LSFF’s 2021 International Competition curates distinctive moving image from world-class names - one of the founders of the American avant-garde, we present the next in Ken Jacobs’ experimental series Eternalisms (The Whole Shebang), whilst New Delhi photographer and Oberhausen Jury Prize winner Sohrab Hura shares ten years of intimate photo journaling on film (Bittersweet).
Wong Ping’s candy-coloured, dystopian animation style satirises a modern Hong Kong (Wong Ping’s Fables 2), whilst Sylvia Schedelbauer spins Maggie Nelson-esque meditations on love through 16mm (Labor of Love) .
Video diaries come from first-time filmmaker Mouaad el Salem (This Day Won’t Last), self-documenting queer suppression and liberation in Tunisia, alongside the now-famous monologues of Berlinale Teddy Award nominee Steve Reinke (An Arrow Pointing To A Hole).
These are just a few of the highlights with much more to offer.
Starting today at 7pm and discoverable from the comfort of home.