London Short FIlm Festival kicks off

Written by Nic Wistreich on . Posted in Festivals

londonshortfilmfestival.jpgThe projector with teeth returns as the institution formerly known as Halloween rides into town for a a short film extravaganza spanning 13 programmes in ten venues across London. Highlights include a Berlin programme from Dazzle with Interfilm, a Kris Marhsall retrospective, a free Duane Hopkins screening, and the competitions, including the Vauxhaul Auteur Theory £750 prize for best auteur made film (where the majority of the production roles are by the same person) and the UK Film Council best short film prize.

What better way to lift the new year doldrums but with some of the best 'chronically challenged' films around.

More info from the website, and below...

Individual venue details about the Festival, as well as booking information, are at as follows:

Curzon Soho & Renoir -

Roxy Bar & Screen -

Rich Mix -


National Portrait Gallery -

Shunt Vaults - 

Outsiders music & film, with Jeremy Warmsley, Paloma Faith, Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring & others -

Darryl’s Hard Liquor & P0rn -

Howling Feedback industry networking sessions -

Sound & Vision: An Evening With Zan Lyons, ThinkSync Films & Warp -

Night of the Living Docs -

Vauxhall Auteur Theory Award -

Kris Marshall retrospective -

Beat Happening Sessions: One Man In The Band + Live Music & Video -

Club des Femmes -

Kino London -
And there’s more on-line shenanigans! They’ve teamed up with a number of on-line partners, and the London Short Film Festival has a presence here:
BBC Film Network – check out the London Short Film Festival page at
Shooting People – check out our daily bulletins on the UK’s number one independent film community and network
Shorts TV – Shorts TV will be covering some of the Festival, including our Kris Marshall event at BAFTA. Check out what they have on offer at
The 6th London Short Film Festival has individual Awards partners throughout the 10 days (Shooting People / Darryl’s Hard Liquor & P0rn / Current TV / East End Film Festival / Time Out London / SCI-FI-LONDON / Club Des Femmes / Beat Happening / Wallflower Press / Under The Influence), plus two major Awards are announced during the Festival:
VAUXHALL AUTEUR THEORY AWARD & screening (Thursday 15th January, 7pm, Roxy Bar & Screen), with Robert Elms presenting the Award.
The London Short Film Festival and Vauxhall are proud to showcase the new talents for whom filmmaking is a more rounded, person process as opposed to clear-cut, traditional filmmaking roles. In other words those cross disciplined filmmakers who WRITE, DIRECT, SHOOT, EDIT or WRITE THE MUSIC and ACT in their films! The short-listed filmmakers will have the chance to win £750 for first place and £250 for second place towards their next film project following in the footsteps of last year's winner Pinny Grylls with her film PETER AND BEN and Johnny Kelly with his film PROCRASTINATION. This year’s judges will include radio journalist and writer Robert Elms, who will attend to present the Award.
2009 short-listed films to be screened:
CAR (Richard Nockles)
ERIC’S SECRETS (Lucia Ashmore)
GROUND FLOOR RIGHT (Marlene Schlott Rasmussen)
HOLD ON TWICE (Francois Marry)
I DO (William Westway)
NANTES (Gillian Biddle)
PROJECT ONE (Yohan Forbes)
RYAN (David Schofield)
TASTY JAM (Ricky Martin)
UK FILM COUNCIL AWARD FOR BEST FILM OF THE FESTIVAL (Sunday 18th January, 6pm, Roxy Bar & Screen)
The UK Film Council team up with The London Short Film Festival to give a £500 cash prize to the Best Film of the Festival, for a second year running, following in the footsteps of last year's winner Scott Graham with his film SHELL. The short list is chosen by Festival Directors Philip Ilson and Kate Taylor, choosing one single film from each of the 13 programmes of ‘new shorts’ screening throughout the Festival.
·        Extra Extra – stop press at the 6th London Short Film Festival:
1. DAZZLE presents interfilm's 'Kurz in Berlin' /  'Berlin in Brief' @ the 6th London Short Film Festival
The Hospital Club, 24 Endell St, Covent Garden, London
Sat 10 Jan doors 4.30pm, screening 4.45pm
Sat 17 Jan doors 4.30pm, screening 4.45pm
dazzle have teamed up with Berlin's über short film label interfilm to bring you one of their hottest short film programmes to date 'Kurz in Berlin' /  'Berlin in Brief'.
'Kurz in Berlin' /  'Berlin in Brief'  is a selection of 8 award-winning films about Berlin including the OSCAR winner 'Schwarzfahrer' ('Black Rider') by Pepe Danquart
Running Time. 94' /
2. DUANE HOPKINS SHORTS, screening for free at ICA from Friday 9th January
Before making Better Things, British director Hopkins studied painting and photography, and made two highly acclaimed short films. The first, Field is a dark, unblinking tale of bored children living in an unwelcoming rural area. The second, Love Me Or Leave Me Alone, is an honest examination of first love.
Full details at and
3. KINO LONDON still open for business!!
LSFF this year is all about the journey - much the same can be said about the festival's Kino Kabaret project, except the journey here is likely to be somewhat rougher.
Run by Kino London, the newest branch of the worldwide Kino filmmaking movement, Kino Kabaret is four days of collective beg-borrow-and-stealing, and immediate screening of the results. In true Kino tradition, Kino Kabaret is open to everyone over the age of 18, regardless of experience. Whether camera's your thing, editing, writing, directing, acting, composing... Kabaret is a true shoot-from-the-hip experience.
For more info visit or contact Sam for an application form: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.