The 20th London Short Film Festival will be held from 20th-29th January 2023.

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 up to 500 British and international films, collaboratively selected from 5000+ open submissions, alongside Special Events and an industry programme of workshops, panels and discussion for filmmakers and cinema workers.

Each edition, we award cash prizes to the UK and international short films screening in our annual competition. We are a BAFTA-affiliated festival, enabling accepted UK filmmakers to apply for the 2023 BAFTAs.

Each year the festival appoints an international jury who deliberate on the following categories and award prizes.

Our LSFF jury in recent years has comprised of filmmakers such as Ngozi Onwurah (Welcome II the Terrordome), Lucille Hadžihalilović (Innocence), Nick Rowland (Calm With Horses), Baloji (Zombies), producer Jacqui Davies (Ray & Liz), film industry professionals such as actors Stacy Martin (Nymphomania, Vox Lux) and Jessica Barden (The Lobster, The End of the Fucking World), journalist Wendy Ide,and festival programmers from Hamburg Short Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Dokufest Kosovo, imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Open City Docs, and Short Waves Poland.

BEST UK SHORT FILM

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

The Best UK Short Film Award winner will receive a £1000 cash prize courtesy of the British Council.

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

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM

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 £1000 grant towards their next project.

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

THE TAASH AWARD FOR COMEDY IN FILM

Sponsored by Mark Rylance and the Van Kampen family in partnership with Sky Arts

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.

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.

BEST LO-BUDGET SHORT FILM

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 programme 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 welcome artists’ moving image and video works.

Films must be no longer than 45 minutes in length.

FEES & DEADLINES:

Opening - Tuesday 1 February 2022
Early bird deadline - Monday 4 April 2022
Regular deadline - Monday 13 June 2022
Late deadline - Monday 8 August 2022
Selection notification date - Friday 28 October 2022
LSFF 2023 - 20-29 January 2023

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.

PREMIERE STATUS
Films must have been completed after 1st January 2021, though LSFF does not require any premiere status.

FORMATS AND CAPTIONS
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.

SELECTION
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.

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

TERMS
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
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  • The experience was very enjoyable. I wish we were in person at this festival, but the conditions of our country, Iran, do not allow us to do this easily. But the festival was held at a very high level and it was very exciting.

    February 2022
  • It was really special for us getting to be a part of the 2022 edition of LSFF! So so thankful for the warmness of the whole team. Such an amazing experience, the passion and love for films at LSFF is something really inspiring to us!!

    February 2022
  • Lorraine Nolan

    Incredible films, very interesting programming and amazing venues. We were thrilled to be a part of it!

    February 2022
  • Catriona Gallagher

    Brilliant programmes of great films - it was intriguing to see my film in such an innovative programme which gave it a different feel. Thanks to the programming team!

    February 2022
  • Ashley Defoe

    Beautiful programme of films and amazing support from the organisers.

    February 2022