The 19th London Short Film Festival will be held from 14th-23rd January 2022.

LSFF exists to spotlight a multiplicity of filmmakers, visual artists and creatives, across intersections and with a commitment to peripheral voices.

Each January, the festival hosts ten days of short form, conversation and multidisciplinary curation. We present between 250-500 British and international films each edition, collaboratively programmed down from 5000+ open submissions, alongside Special Events and an industry offering of workshops, panels and discussion for filmmakers and workers.

Each edition, we award cash prizes to the UK and international short films screening in our annual competition, and are a BAFTA-affiliated festival, enabling accepted UK filmmakers to apply for the 2022 BAFTAs.

Each year, the festival appoints an international jury who deliberate on the following categories and award prizes of over £4500 in value.

Our LSFF 2021 jury comprised pioneering British-Nigerian filmmaker Ngozi Onwurah (Welcome II The Terrordome), performer, curator, film scholar and gender-queer art icon Vaginal Davis, and former executive director of imagiNATIVE Jason Ryle to award our key prizes.

Sponsored by the British Council

The Best British Short Film Award spotlights the multiplicity and diversity of British creators and creativity producing impactful, challenging work.

The Best British Short Film Award winner will receive a £1000 grant towards their next project and a choice of financial support to travel to an international festival or training and development opportunity, plus a £1000 cash prize from the festival itself.

A Special Mention will be awarded £500 towards their next project.


The Best International Short Film Award champions filmmaking from across the globe interpreting cultural, political and social concerns in bold and exploratory ways.

The Best International Short Film award winner will receive a £2000 grant towards their next project.

A Special Mention will be awarded £500 towards their next project.

Sponsored by Mark Rylance and the Van Kampen family

Getting a laugh is a rare talent - subjective to each one of us watching, whilst a universal experience when it’s gotten right - and this award acknowledges those filmmakers finessing comedy on screen.

All qualifying UK films can be found in the Funny Shit programme.

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.


LSFF has always championed a little DIY rebelliousness in short filmmaking, while being aware there’s a method to that madness.

Our Lo-Budget Mayhem programme has been the festival’s traditional celebration of such filmmaking, and this award recognises work that is imaginative, resourceful and tells stories with limited-to-no resources and a good dose of wit.

All qualifying films can be found in our Lo-Budget Mayhem programmes, and this award is deliberated on by a separate youth jury.

The Best Lo-Budget Short winner will receive an award of £500.

Submissions are open to short form of every genre - including fiction, comedy, horror, sci-fi, documentary, animation, music videos and more. We are particularly excited by artist’s filmmaking and moving image.

Films must be no longer than 45 minutes in length.


Opening - Tuesday 9 February 2021
Early bird deadline - Monday 5 April 2021
Regular deadline - Monday 14 June 2021
Late deadline - Monday 9 August 2021
Selection notification date - Friday 15 October 2021
LSFF 2022 - 14-23 January 2022

Early bird deadline - UK + international - £18
Gold Members: £14

Regular deadline - UK + international - £25
Gold Members: £20

Late deadline - UK + international: £32
Gold Members: £27

Under 5 minutes - UK + International - £9
Gold members - £6

Entries are open to both UK and international filmmakers based outside the UK, with two separate tiers of submission.

Both UK and international films under 5 minutes in length qualify for our Under 5 minute category.


Films must have been completed after 1st January 2020, though LSFF does not require any premiere status.


Should your film be selected, you will be required to provide a Quicktime ProRes file and a DCP of your film.

All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles if not in the English language. Non-English entries without subtitles, or supplementary printed translations, can unfortunately not be considered.

All films will be required to provide a subtitle track to ensure our ongoing commitment to accessibility, though the LSFF team will be able to assist and provide facilities to help on this.


We accept short films via FilmFreeway only. LSFF does not accept speculative submissions, and only entries received through FilmFreeway will be considered.

All submissions are fully considered and curated by our team of programmers, pre-selectors and review committee. Please note, due to the volume of entries received, we regret we cannot give individual feedback on submissions.

You will be notified of your film's acceptance in mid-October.

All filmmakers are asked to indicate on submission if they require geoblocking should their film be selected for online exhibition. Please note, this may affect where we are able to show your film if it is selected.

LSFF does not pay screening fees for submitted and accepted films, both in and out of competition.


Entry fees are not refundable, and only completed entries with paid submission fees will be processed and considered for screening.

Only completed films may be submitted and will be considered.

Overall Rating
  • Sarah Brown (Sweatmother)

    Amazing festival with such a great selection of work!

    February 2021
  • Thanks so much for selecting my film 'isle of Chair' for this year's programme. Really nice experience and selections of short films.

    February 2021
  • Tal Amiran

    LSFF is an incredible festival. I was delighted to return to the festival this year with my short doc Dafa Metti. The programming at the festival is outstanding and communication is always faultless.
    Do not hesitate to submit your film to one of the UK's best festivals!

    January 2021
  • Theo Panagopoulos

    Thank you for having my film "My Own Personal Lebanon" in the documentary section of the festival! The programming was great with an excellent curation based on very relevant themes to today's world. Very professional and friendly as always. Highly recommended!

    January 2021
  • Geraldine Snell

    Can't comment on hospitality because of covid and it's likely I just missed networking because the programme was so packed and I was just watching thigns but found the programming and streaming platform to be consistently excellent and the way things were aired for a limited time helped to wade through the huge quantity of wonderful stuff on offer. I've given 3 starts for value because whilst I had a free filmmaker pass, it seemed a bit pricey to charge per showing when it's online, rather than having some more general access or access to 3 showings etc.

    February 2021