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London Short Film Festival 2019
Institute of Contemporary Arts
11 – 20 January 2019

London Short Film Festival is a celebration of ground-breaking talent, alternative filmmaking, music and art. Now in its 16th year, the festival has rapidly become the destination for independent film fans, industry luminaries and the best new creative talent from the UK and abroad.


Friday 11 January, 6:30pm
Helming a loose festival-wide retrospective we present the formative calling cards of the decade’s graduating class.

Friday 11 January, 8pm
LSFF’s opening night excavates the scratch video the early 1980s which recontextualized found footage into ‘televisual punk rock’.

Friday 11 January, 9pm
A balm for the January blues. LSFF’s traditional opener of laughing matter returns.

Saturday 12 January, 1pm
A  selection of surreal scenarios and minute marvels to leave you just the right amount of uneasy.

Saturday 12 January, 3pm
Inspired by Bert Haanstra’s Oscar-winning 1958 Dutch short Glas this non-fiction programme looks to the humanity of industry.

Saturday 12 January, 5pm
Another Gaze journal interrogates how we should (re)present sexual violence in a programme of shorts by women filmmakers.

Saturday 12 January, 7pm (Cinema 1)
Monday 14 January, 3pm (Cinema 2)
A selection of shorts exploring shared experience and collective memory of people en masse.

Saturday 12 January, 9pm (Cinema 1)
Wednesday 16 January, 3pm (Cinema 2)
An eclectic offering delving deep into the earth beneath our feet – how we cultivate, build on, plunder it.

Sunday 13 January, 1pm
LSFF’s annual showcase of short film at its most experimental.

Sunday 13 January, 3pm
LSFF’s returning programme of experiments paying their dues at the altar of analogue.

Sunday 13 January, 5pm (Cinema 1)
Thursday 17 January, 3pm (Cinema 2)
This collection surveys the multitudinous causes of anxiety in the 21st century from the personal to the political.

Sunday 13 January, 7pm (Cinema 1)
This international selection sifts through the rubble of history, finding new meaning in the aesthetics, ideology and artefacts of the past.

Monday 14 January, 3:30pm
A friendly, laid back screening for audiences on the autism spectrum or with sensory learning disabilities.

Monday 14 January
A look to the collective nostalgia of English Pastoral through the filter of the 2016 referendum.

Monday 14 January, 8:30pm
A retrospective of work produced by a new generation of working class male filmmakers at the turn of the 21st century. 

Tuesday 15 January, 6:30pm
Shorts that explore the complexity of leaving home, whether it’s up to you or when there’s no other choice.

Tuesday 15 January, 8:30pm
Antoinette Zwirchmayr explores the complexities of her baroque family history in her What I Remember short form trilogy.

Wednesday 16 January, 6:30pm
Morality and mortality, tragedies and silver linings, Brexit and the Euro Championships; one thing’s for certain, death is inevitable.  

Wednesday 16 January, 8:30pm
A look at obsessive tendencies on screen, whether it’s an infatuation with something, someone or synthesizers.

Thursday 17 January, 6:30pm
Documentaries that present us with a different perspective on the stories that make the news.

Thursday 17 January, 8:30pm
A screening and roundtable revisiting and reflecting on academic and activist Stuart Hall’s 1979 televisual essay, It Ain’t Half Racist, Mum.

Friday 18 January, 6:30pm
A screening of three of Cosey Fanny Tutti’s works that explore the extremities of sonic and visual language.

Saturday 19 January, 1pm
Examining sex, sexuality and desire, not from the view of male gaze but through the lens of female animation.

Tuesday 15 January, 3pm
Documentaries that ask you to trust your senses and fall into these films with more to perceive than to understand.

Saturday 19 January, 5pm
A mini-retrospective of the work of East German documentarian and painter Jürgen Böttcher.

Saturday 19 January, 6:30pm
Documentaries that show the therapeutic release from cinema that comes out of expressing our true feelings.

Sunday 20 January, 1pm
Exploring at the ephemeral and forgotten in the GDR, focussing on Judaism, disenfranchised youth and intimate photography.

Sunday 20 January, 3pm
Bold experimental explorations of the avant-garde and urban decay made in the GDR between 1976 and 1991.

Sunday 20 January, 5pm
Tracing the self-authored black British presence on screen from Windrush to the present day.