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Thursday 20th April, 2023

London Short Film Festival are looking to recruit new members for our Selection Committee, to join the programming team for our January 2024 festival edition.

Overseen and supported by Festival Co-Director Philip Ilson and Heads of Programme Qila Gill and Varun Raman, each member of the Selection Committee will be required to watch and write short reviews of upwards of 600 short films between May and September 2023.

We’re looking for candidates who are excited by discovering new work and enjoy watching short films with a critical eye. There will be an introductory session to get you acquainted with the LSFF programme, your fellow committee members and the pre-selection process. There will then be two meetings per month to discuss submissions, potential programme ideas and competition selections.

We receive over 5000 short film submissions each year, and are looking for film enthusiasts with the ability to concisely articulate their thoughts and engage discerningly with a large number of submissions.

These positions are intended for people looking for experience in film festivals or who are interested in becoming film programmers. Previous industry or academic experience is not required but we’re always keen to see an interest in film or film festivals. This is an excellent opportunity to gain programming experience, network and play a key role in shaping the festival for 2024 and beyond.

The fee is £1000. Interested candidates must be able to commit to watching all assigned submissions in keeping with the festival’s timeline.

Applicants do not need to be based in London or the UK but will be expected to attend the monthly meetings via Zoom. You will also receive complimentary tickets to attend the London Short Film Festival in January 2024. If you have access requirements to attend meetings via Zoom, we will ensure that these are met.

To apply, please submit a CV, and two short reviews (max. 200 words each) of a short film you have seen and wouldprogramme for the festival, and a short film you’ve seen and would not programme (and why) to info@shortfilms.org.uk

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 25 April 2023, 12pm
Start date: As soon as possible

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Thursday 19th January, 2023

Join us for our annual LSFF awards ceremony, share a drink and enjoy some live DJs. With the support of Script Compass, and drinks supplied by MOTH Drinks.

Showtime Photo Booth will be joining us for the awards with their Open Air Photo Booth, so make sure you pop by to create a lasting memory of the night.

Book a ticket here.

Best British Short Film
Sponsored by British Council
The Best British Short Film Award celebrates groundbreaking short filmmaking from within the UK, using both form and content to produce impactful, challenging work. The Best British Short Film Award winner will receive a £1000 grant towards supporting travel to an international festival, or to attend a training and development opportunity of their choice. A Special Mention will be awarded a £500 grant for the same type of support.

Best International Short Film
Sponsored by NOWNESS
The Best International Short Film Award champions filmmaking from across the globe that interprets cultural, political and social concerns in bold and exploratory ways. The Best International Short Film award winner will receive a £1000 grant towards their next project. A Special Mention will be awarded £500 towards their next project.

Best Lo-Budget Short Film
In association with Intermission Youth
Our Lo-Budget Mayhem programme has been the festival’s traditional celebration of rebellious, low-to-no budget filmmaking that goes far, far outside of the box, and this award recognises the pure imagination and creativity that goes into our selected programme. This festival’s award will be deliberated on by members from Intermission Youth theatre. The Best Lo-Budget Short winner will receive an award of £500.

Intermission Youth gives disadvantaged young Londoners the tools to make positive choices and become the best version of themselves through drama, film and mentoring.

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Monday 19th December, 2022

In our 20th year we welcome a prestigious industry Jury to judge our Best UK and Best International Short Film awards. We welcome back Mark Rylance and the Van Kaampen family to judge and present the TAASH Award for Comedy, and Intermission Youth to judge our Best Lo-Budget Short award.

Best UK Short Film
Sponsored by British Council

The Best British Short Film Award celebrates groundbreaking short filmmaking from within the UK, using both form and content to produce impactful, challenging work.

The Best British Short Film Award winner will receive a £1000 grant towards supporting travel to an international festival, or to attend a training and development opportunity of their choice. A Special Mention will be awarded a £500 grant for the same type of support.

Best International Short Film
Sponsored by NOWNESS

The Best International Short Film Award champions filmmaking from across the globe that interprets cultural, political and social concerns in bold and exploratory ways. The Best International Short Film award winner will receive a £1000 grant towards their next project. A Special Mention will be awarded £500 towards their next project.

The TAASH Award for Comedy in Short Film
Sponsored by Mark Rylance and the Van Kampen family

In celebration of the life of promising filmmaker Nataasha Van Kampen, this award remembers her boundless talent and humour, as founded and sponsored by her stepfather, Mark Rylance. The winner of the Taash Award For Comedy In Film will receive an award of £1000 towards their next project. The shortlisted films will be available to watch on BFI Player after the festival, introduced by Mark Rylance.

Best Lo-Budget Short Film
In association with Intermission Youth

Our Lo-Budget Mayhem programme has been the festival’s traditional celebration of rebellious, low-to-no budget filmmaking that goes far, far outside of the box, and this award recognises the pure imagination and creativity that goes into our selected programme. This festival’s award will be deliberated on by members from Intermission Youth theatre. The Best Lo-Budget Short winner will receive an award of £500.

Intermission Youth gives disadvantaged young Londoners the tools to make positive choices and become the best version of themselves through drama, film and mentoring.

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Monday 19th December, 2022

We are delighted to announced year’s festival jury; selected for their breadth of industry experience across filmmaking, producing, curating and talent development: artist, academic and filmmaker Maryam Tafakory, BFI Network Talent Executive Aaliah Simpson and film programmer and founder of Brixton Community Cinema Abiba Coulibaly.

Maryam Tafakory

Maryam Tafakory (b. Iran) is an artist filmmaker whose textual and filmic collages interweave poetry, documentary, archival, and found material. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at MoMA Doc Fortnight; IFFR Rotterdam; ICA London; True/False; Pergamon Museum; M HKA; and Anthology Film Archives amongst others.She was awarded the Flaherty/Colgate Distinguished Global Filmmaker in Residence (NY) in 2019, and she received a MacDowell Fellowship in 2022.

Aaliah Simpson

Aaliah Simpson is one of two BFI NETWORK Talent Executives for London. She has supported and developed short filmmakers including Adjani Salmon and writers including Isher Sahota. Before her focus switched to BFI NETWORK, she worked more broadly across Film London’s Talent Development and Production Department, where she coordinated the Production Finance Market’s New Talent strand and the Film London Labs series, as well as various other training and development events, including for BFI. She graduated from the NFTS’s prestigious Script Development diploma in 2021.

Previously, she worked for FilmFixer sourcing locations for productions, and in on set production across an array of shorts.

Abiba Coulibaly

Abiba Coulibaly is a film programmer with a background in critical geography, interested in exploring the intersection between ethics and aesthetics. She runs Brixton Community Cinema, a pay-what-you-can pop-up cinema that attempts to make independent cinema more accessible in Lambeth.

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