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“In a time of major cuts and period of recession, short films are not high on the agenda in the general scheme of things…It’s year zero, but it’s also a creative time for UK film; a time where the possibilities are endless and the rule-book can be re-written.”

Philip Ilson, Director of the London Short Film Festival

The 8th London Short Film Festival runs from the 7th – 16th of January 2011 at more than 20 venues across London.  The festival will celebrate the very best in contemporary British short filmmaking, with 19 programmes of new shorts, showcasing more than 200 new short films from British filmmakers.

Rushes Soho Shorts have found a spot in there, with our guest programme, Queer Brit, a showcase of LGBT shorts, showing at the Greenwich Picturehouse on the 10th of January.

·        Branchage Proposes Marriage in the magical surroundings of Shoreditch Church



The London Short Film Festival and Jersey’s Branchage Festival have been closely linked since Branchage was founded in 2008, and following previous LSFF / Branchage events such as Outsiders at Bishopsgate in 2009 (with live sets by Paloma Faith, Jeremy Warmsley and Breton) and the ISOLATION live soundtrack event at the Roundhouse in 2010, comes an original exclusive premiere where film meets cabaret. Influenced by Kusturica-style Gypsy weddings to lavish Bollywood affairs to a quickie in Las Vegas, this theatrical and filmic live event showcases pre-1930 silent cinema alongside Russian wedding folk songs and surreal haunting musics. With live sets from Plaster of ParisRhosyn, pianistJames KeayDJ Penny Metal, and compered by Uncle Dennis (Freddie Syborn), this promises to be a magical and immersive evening of live music and film. Plus free wedding cake!

And don’t forget, Branchage is open for submission for the 2011 festival at http://www.branchagefestival.com/2011-submissions/

·        Truth, Myths and Copyright Protection


This free training seminar from Future Copyright will give you indispensible insights into copyright laws in the film industry. www.futurecopyright.com

The event is part of the LSFF exhaustive training and industry programme, many of which are free; full details at http://2011.shortfilms.org.uk/industry/

·        Digicult

Our short film friends at Digicult in Glasgow come down south to present a screening and seminar.

The Shame and The Glory celebrates a decade of adventurous commissioning with this retrospective screening of award winning and lesser known work from the projects back catalogue of short films, highlighting the amazing talent in Scotland. Digicult producer Paul Welsh will introduce. http://2011.shortfilms.org.uk/event/?event_id=59

New Talent Old Routine looks at the state of short film production across the whole of the UK, particularly following the recent changes at the UK Film Council and the BFI. This free seminar hosted by Digicult brings together a panel of executives, producers, sales agents, exhibitors and filmmakers to make sense of the new climate.http://2011.shortfilms.org.uk/event/?event_id=48

·        Ruth Paxton


Also from Scotland comes Ruth Paxton, an impassioned and talented young filmmaker and visual artist to present a retrospective of her provocative, surreal, unique and humorous short film work so far. Seamy, sexy, scary and sad, and drawing on pop culture with a bold style, this is a unique chance to see some original and exciting young talent. Ruth will be in attendance in conversation with journalist and producer Hannah Patterson following the screening..

Check out the trailers for her short films SHE WANTED TO BE BURNT at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiX-fcE6Tcw and her new film PARIS /SEXY athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znSRCsCubKM .

·        Clio Barnard: Before The Arbor


Clio Barnard was the toast of the 2010 BFI London Film Festival with her debut feature THE ARBOR, which won the Best British Newcomer Award. Having been working as a filmmaker and visual artist for a number of years, here’s a chance to see her earlier work, and to see how her relationship between fictional film language and documentary led to THE ARBOR, which itself was an Artangel commission. Clio will be in attendance in conversation with journalist and producer Hannah Patterson following the screening.

THE ARBOR can still be seen on general release – check out the trailer at http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/video/2010/sep/28/the-arbor-trailer-andrea-dunbar

·        Ben Rivers: This Is My Land (+ in conversation with Andrew Kotting)


Ben Rivers is a filmmaker whose work treads a line between documentary and fiction, often filming people who have separated themselves from society. Rivers always shoots on film, using super-8, 16mm, and other near antique cameras, and he often self develops. following the screening, Rivers will be in conversation with filmmaker and artist Andrew Kotting, best known for his award winning documentary GALLIVANT and IVUL released in 2010 by Artificial Eye. Kotting and Rivers have previously collaborated, particularly on the Channel swim documentary OFFSHORE.

See an interview with Ben Rivers discussing his work at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRAu4hpkV1U

See SLOW ACTION by BEN RIVERS at Matt’s Gallery, from 26 Jan – 20 Mar [Weds – Sun 12-6pm]

Matt’s Gallery, 42–44 Copperfield Road, London E3 4RR


·        FOLK///Projects


Rosie Pedlow and Joe King are two British artists working primarily in the moving image. Here’s a chance to see their work to date, starting with their earlier individual pieces and leading to their collaborative works as FOLK///Projects such as their latest STRANGE LIGHTS which re-visits the site of an alleged UFO incident in a Norfolk forest; check out the films trailer at http://vimeo.com/14732196 . Rosie and Joe will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

·        Richard Kern: Submit To Me Now


In collaboration with VBS, we take a look at the retrospective work of controversial New Yorker Richard Kern alongside the more recent films as he travels the world in search of girls he can persuade to undress for him. Be warned that Kern has always flirted with pornography, from his 1980’s collaborations with transgressive performance artist Lydia Lunch, to his SHOT BY KERN films airing on VBS. As a taster check out his DEATH VALLEY 69 music video for Sonic Youth at http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x58ey7_sonic-youth-death-valley-69-richard_music , a prime piece of exploitative violence with a kick-ass soundtrack, and see this trailer for the recent SHOT BY KERNhttp://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9ztrc_shot-by-kern_sexy .

·        Curzon Soho Doc Days – see dogs dancing to Iggy Pop’s I Wanna Be Your Dog, & other eccentricities and character studies


Three short documentary films, followed by the three directors in conversation with journalist and producer Hannah Patterson following the screening.

ANALOGUE KINGDOM, dir Esther Johnson. Gerald Wells stole his first radio in 1943 at the age of 13. The house he was born in and still inhabits is now home to over 1,500 wireless objects and 45,000 valves.

DOGHOUSE, dir Nick Abrahams. A tribute to Ron Asheton of the Stooges and an examination of the role rock ‘n’ roll plays in our current group psyche, plus dancing dogs! Using Iggy and the Stooges classic track ‘I Wanna be your Dog’, filmmaker Nick Abrahams (THE POSTERS CAME FROM THE WALLS / NO AGE NEW YORK) explores the iconic status of the Stooges within alternative and mainstream culture. Featuring Lee Black Childers and the Top Lodge Dancing Dogs. Trailer athttp://www.nicholasabrahams.com/doghouse.htm

I WON’T GO, dir Georgina Hurcombe. Oli is an elderly eccentric ex-headmistress in her nineties, who now lives isolated and housebound in her condemned country cottage. This is an intimate portrait of a determined, lively and thoroughly unconventional elderly woman – a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, a celebration of independence and the desire to live our own lives. View trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH5Ztk9C360&feature=related

·        Shorts at la Carte – watch films on the tabletop while you eat!!


A unique screening for LSFF – order a delicious oriental meal for a late Sunday lunch and then watch the film programme on the table top as you eat! And have a free drink on us!

Inamo is a pioneering interactive restaurant in Soho. Reserve a table at inamo@shortfilms.org.uk and enjoy your food as you watch the colourful abstract work of Max Hattler,Kayla Parker & Stuart MooreNaren Wilks and Julian Hand. As a taster (no pun intended) check out Julian Hand’s video for The Oscillation at http://vimeo.com/11291723



Salon des Refusés is an experiment in film curation with a simple philosophy: only screen short films that have been rejected by other film festivals.

At LSFF, the Salon will put together a programme of short films that were submitted to, but not accepted by, the LSFF. The programme will be a free screening as part of the LSFF’s Closing Night, at the Shortwave Cinema.

The Salon’s aim is to highlight the subjectivity of the programming process and destabilise the notion that there are “good” shorts (which appear at festivals) and “bad” shorts (which don’t). The Salon celebrates the diversity of the short film format and offers an alternative space for its exhibition, as a challenge to the standard festival shorts programme.

“..an innovation in cinema” (Snipe)

“…a parade of cinematic oddities unlike anything we’ve ever seen (Best for Film)

·        Club Des Femmes and Spinster take New Berlin


Join us for this exclusive night of music and film at Dalston’s Rio Cinema dedicated to all spinsters, misfits, malcontents and miss-behaviours. Club Des Femmes and Spinster link arms in the twilight hours to deliver a double drop of nostalgic, wistful folky-pop and feminist filmmaking.

SPINSTER are Sadie Lee, vocals and electric ukulele; Em Fitzgerald, bass; classically-trained pianist Kathy Gledhill on keyboards and Lea Andrews – former front-woman of indie band Spy 51, on drums and backing vocals. Legendary blogger Joe Pop describes them as ‘like Cockney Rebel and the Shangri-la’s shoplifting in Biba then going round to the Velvet Underground’s house to raid their parents’ drinks cabinet, before beating up the Partridge Family at the school gates’http://www.myspace.com/londonspinster

EINE FLEXIBLE FRAU (The Drifter) Dir. Tatjana Turanskyj, Germany 2010, 97 mins

Berlin. The beginning of the 21st century. A woman under the influence. Greta, an outcast architect, drinks and drifts through the so-called New Berlin. Her journey reveals a city of wastelands and brand new town houses. Torn between the pressure to conform and the spirit of revolution, Greta navigates the modern landscapes of globalized capitalism and post-feminism. check out the film’s trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzQfjhwaXQY

After, join us for a night cap at Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland Road E8 2PB


·        Disability & Filmmaking – Film Nation: Shorts an Introduction to Directing


This free workshop is open to anyone between 19-25 years old with a disability. Working with 104 Films, learn the necessary skills & techniques to successfully direct actors on screen and about the opportunities to make films for Film Nation: Shorts. Spaces are limited to 15 places, so make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. The event will be preceded by a screening of films looking at disability, in the same venue. For more information or to request a place, email carla@shortfilms.org.uk

Check out the trailer to the powerful short film THIS CHAIR IS NOT ME by Andy Taylor Smith http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvTp7fwvPpA

e-mail carla@shortfilms.org.uk to reserve a place.

·       Rushes Soho Shorts presents Queer Brit


Queer Brit showcases films with queer and transgender themes made by filmmakers working in the UK. Curated by Rushes Soho Shorts the programme mixes the dark and the camp, the sexy and the savage for an evening of films that will challenge and undermine your presumptions about LGBT cinema.

Check out the trailer for the sci-fi DARKSIDE by Michael Wright at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adT8F8QlKrc screening in the programme.

·        Kino London: Borderlands – become your very own psycho-geographer in this unique filmmaking challenge! Then screen your film at an amazing location on London’s edgelands!


This January Kino London partners with LSFF to bring you a filmmaking challenge to really sink your teeth into.

Over five days, and working within pre-designated areas on the far edgelands of South-East, East and North-East London, participants will venture into the city’s furthermost parts to make short films. Drawing inspiration from Iain Sinclair’s writings on London’s Edgelands and films such as Andrew Kötting’s GALLIVANT exploring the coast of Britain, the challenge aims to explore and document the psychogeography of the city’s outer limits. Here there be monsters… perhaps!

·         The challenge will launch with a Kino production meeting on Saturday 8th January. Anybody wishing to take part in the event must attend the meeting.
Participants from all areas of filmmaking are encouraged to take part — from writers through to actors, camera operators and editors – just let us know your area of expertise when you sign up. You can take part as an individual or as a team. To take part, get your name on our list at screen@kinolondon.com

·         The Kino screening will take place at the Malthouse on Thursday 13th January, in the far reaches of East London, for this gala screening of all the films made during the challenge. Join Kino for an evening picnic: Kino will bring the popcorn, you bring your own booze and everyone will settle in for a cinematic treat.

BORDERLANDS screening:

The Malthouse

62-76 Abbey Road

Barking IG11 7BT

Barking tube on the District Line

·        SOLACE – free installation

http://2011.shortfilms.org.uk/event/?event_id=40 including trailer

Luke Seomore and Joseph Bull’s film installation SOLACE is a non-narrative piece that captures fragments in the daily lives of a group of East London teenagers, exploring friendship, mortality and human interaction. Through a series of monologues, SOLACE reveals moments of warmth, teenage isolation and the transition from adolescence into adulthood. The originally composed score pulses and glides through the film, revealing the nuances of the teenagers’ lives; moments of joy, bravado, aggression and vulnerability. These sequences demonstrate the warmth between friends, while exploring the sharp exchanges and crueller nature of teenage life. Directed in a non-conventional style, SOLACEblurs the line between fiction, documentary and art.

Screening for free at the ICA on Weds, Thurs and Fri afternoons of the Festival, the directors will be in attendance for a Q&A on Weds 13 Jan.



Making Tracks is a unique experience: a live cinematic event that combines up-and-coming filmmaking talent with live music. In a programme tailored exclusively for the LSFF,Whirlygig Cinema and The Cabinet of Living Cinema will continue their collaboration, the former curating a programme of exciting films and the latter performing brand new scores for them. The aim is to bring a magical dimension to these already exceptional short films, offering a whole new perception for audience and filmmakers alike.

This exclusive London Short Film Festival themed event features work by filmmakers who have screened and been championed by the Festival in previous years, including older work of filmmakers who are screening this year, including Jake and Helena AstburyMax HattlerKayla ParkerKiron HusseinMagali Charrier and Sophie Windsor Clive.

·        GLEANERS – Tonight we go a-gleaming – direct from Abandon Normal Devices


An evening of recent artists’ films using moving image archives, featuring the London premiere of the Gleaners project, commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices.

Experimental filmmakers Jenna Collins and Sam Meech present two new kaleidoscopic short films, made during residencies in the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Diving into the amateur fiction footage, Jenna Collins arrives at a new film that focuses on accent, atmosphere and what might be just over the North West horizon.

Meanwhile, building up a classic narrative with a dream-inflected twist, Sam Meech’s epic collage will be narrated live by poet Nathan Jones of the Mercy Collective, with a score by Carl Brown of Wave Machines.

An accompanying programme of short films will expand on the spectrum of artistic approaches to mixing found footage with electric results, including films from Jordan Baseman,Sarah Wood and Dave Griffiths. Curated by Kate Taylor.



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