London Short Film Festival

January 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

The Key has been chosen by the “London Short Film Festival” film festival to screen between the 8th-17th January.

LSFF Laurel 2016

The London Short Film Festival returns to London for the 11th year to be as confrontational as ever and prove that the UK is truly a hotbed of film creativity.

The London Short Film Festival, now in its 12th year, has been recognised as the premiere UK showcase for cutting-edge UK independent film. For the January 2015 Festival, we are opening to international filmmakers.

Renowned for daring cross-arts programming, we have showcased the very best of the country’s raw talent for 11 years. The London Short Film Festival is a Mecca for the UK’s young creative talent and a significant date in the UK film calender.

Every year the Festival’s large and loyal audience flock to screenings and events, and this network has grown steadily over almost a decade.


In 2003 Philip Ilson and Kate Taylor organised the first Halloween Short Film Festival at the ICA. This was formed as a continuation of The Halloween Short Film Club which Philip had been programming since 1994. In 2008 the festival became the London Short Film Festival and has been growing year-on-year to take in more films, live music, industry and training events and diverse, high-quality venues.

Kate Taylor’s last Festival was in 2009 and since then the Festival Producer has been Carla MacKinnon (2010), Chloe Roddick (2011 – 2012), Cassandra Neal (2013 – 2014), and we now welcome Joanna Duncombe as the 2015 Producer alongside a new partnership with Shooting People (who have created a new Festival submissions platform: flock).


  • Philip Ilson (Festival Director)
  • Joanna Duncombe (Festival Producer)


  • Over 7,000 tickets sold
  • 75+ events across 10 days and 25 venues
  • 85% of events sold to capacity
  • Over 300 films screened


“The Best Short Film Festival in the World” – Guardian Guide

“Too good a party to miss” – Time Out

“A London bastion of cutting-edge short films and multimedia” – The Times

“Film fans who prefer multimedia thrills to multiplex fodder have flocked to this festival since its inception” – Metro

“Excellent film/music festival” – Critics Choice, Time Out

“This is a festival not afraid to take creative risks and nurture new talent, something rarely seen in this age of austerity and conformity.” – i-D Magazine

“With so few platforms left for aspiring directors, DoPs, editors and actors their hone their art, the LSFF has never been more vital.” – CineVue

“You could experience 20 things in the time it takes to watch The Hobbit. Take that Bilbo!” – Guardian Guide 2013

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