The London Short Film Festival returns for it's 15th anniversary from 12th-21st January 2018, hosting screenings and events at some of the capital's most prestigious venues including Picturehouse Central and Institute of the Contemporary Arts.

LSFF accepts UK and International submissions, and presents diverse and confrontational film programmes each year that aim to hold up a mirror to our rapidly changing world.

LSFF screens 500+ films every year, bringing London audiences the freshest new talent from around the globe, providing a platform for both emerging and established filmmakers.

Awards & Prizes

#LSFF2017's PRIZES & AWARDS:

BRITISH COUNCIL sponsored BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM
Last year's winning filmmaker, Your Mother and I's Anna Maguire, was supported to participate in a lab at Greenhouse Goa, a new space run by the organisers of UnBox, an India based roaming festival & platform celebrating action at the intersections of different disciplines.

BEST BRITISH JURORS
Kate Taylor: LSFF Co-founder & BFI London Film Festival programmer
Jemma Desai: British Council Film
Jessica Barden: Actress (The Lobster)

NOWNESS AWARD for BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM
NOWNESS is a global video channel showing the best in culture, who presented last year's Best International Film. The winner received a one-on-one development and mentoring session with Video Commissioner (and Sundance Film Festival programmer) Katie Metcalfe.

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM JURY
Tamra Davis: Filmmaker
Gavin Humphries: Nowness
Dave Calhoun: Global Film Editor, TimeOut

ICA sponsored BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILM
LSFF's experimental award-winning filmmaker won free ICA Membership for the year plus 10 free film tickets.

OPEN CITY DOCS sponsored BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
The winner of the Open City Docs Award won their film screened at Open City Documentary Festival 2017, plus a full industry pass to the festival.

SHOOTING PEOPLE sponsored BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM
Shooting People is the UK's largest community of independent filmmakers. Shooting People awarded the Best Student Filmmaker free Lifetime membership to their community.

BECHDEL TEST FEST sponsored BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR

LITTLE WHITE LIES sponsored BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Little White Lies awarded the prize for the best animated film, the prize winner receiving a one year subscription to the magazine as well as a full-page profile in the March/April issue.

LOMOGRAPHY sponsored BEST LO-BUDGET SHORT FILM
The winner of Best Lo-Budget Short Film won a beautiful vintage-inspired Lomo’instant Wide Central Park Edition camera, with 3 lenses and a remote control lens cap.

Rules & Terms

We are a BAFTA affiliated festival, enabling accepted UK filmmakers to apply for the 2018 BAFTAs.

Submissions are open to short films from every genre - we accept drama, comedy, horror & sci-fi, documentary, experimental, animation, music, viral and low-budget work (see info on low-budget submissions in side bar). All submissions are fully considered and curated by our programming team.

Entries are open to both the UK and international filmmakers based outside the UK, with two separate tiers of submission, broken down as follows:

Earlybird - 7th Feb - 21st April
UK Earlybird - $20
International Earlybird - $28

Regular - 22nd April - 30th June
UK Regular - $25
Int. Regular - $38

Late - 1st July - 21st August
UK Late - $38
Int. Reg - $38

All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles. Non-English entries without subtitles, or supplementary printed translations, will unfortunately be disqualified.

Films must have been completed after 1st January 2016, though LSFF does not require any premiere status.

Films must be no longer than 45 minutes.

Only completed entries with paid submission fees will be processed and considered for screening. Entry fees are not refundable. Only completed films may be submitted and will be considered.

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

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    Cheryl Gelover

    Thoroughly enjoyable festival- fantastic eclectic venues throughout London, excellent programming, and the festival staff are super friendly and approachable. This was our second time screening at LSFF, and we hope it won't be our last, definitely worth attending! Many thanks to the LSFF team!

    January 2017
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    Leo Ferri

    Great film selection and amazing venues to show the short films. Really thankful.

    January 2017