The London Short Film Festival (LSFF) 2022 festival programme, to screen at venues across London 14-23 January 2022. The festival programme, made up of UK and International Competition programmes, curated selections of New Shorts submitted from around the world, and a comprehensive Special Events and Industry programme curated by T A P E Collective, brings over 600 short films to London audiences. This year’s festival slogan, ‘What Golden Joys Do We Need Now’, coined by International Programmer Qila Gill, reflects power of collective creativity and working, represented in a festival programming ethos that brings together film collectives, clubs and curators from across London’s vibrant film scene and beyond. Filmmaker John Ogunmuyiwa has created this year’s incredible festival trailer, which reflects the diversity and range of talent featured within LSFF and our accessible, open ethos.
T A P E Collective collaborate with UNDR LDN, Baesianz, Invisible Women, Apne Film
Club, Cinesisters, Otherness Archive, F(r)ictions and many more across their Special Events and Industry Programme, focusing on underrepresented groups working within their communities to improve access to film and the power of the archive to uncover hidden narratives and works. As always, LSFF puts independent filmmaking in the spotlight, with retrospectives of filmmakers Farah Nabulsi, Aneil Karia, Bryan M. Ferguson and the collaborations between Canadian actors/directors Anna Maguire, Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli.
This year’s UK and International Shorts Competitions bring together the best of the submitted shorts, to be considered for awards by our Jury; Fiona Lamptey (Director of UK Features, Netflix) Nick Rowland (Filmmaker, Calm With Horses) and María Palacios Cruz (Director, Open City Docs Festival). Each juror brings with them a unique and discerning perspective and as a jury, they represent a wealth of experience and passion for short film. Our judges will decide the winning films from our UK and International Competition strands, with the Best UK Short winner receiving £1,000 towards their next project or a career development opportunity from The British Council.
We also announce the return of our partnership with Sky Arts and actor Mark Rylance with the
TAASH Award for Comedy in Film. 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.
Below are some thematic highlights from this year’s expansive programme.
To celebrate the publication of Dr Rachel Garfield’s Experimental Film and Punk: Feminist Audio Visual Culture of the 1970s and 1980s, we present alive music and film event includes screenings of works featured in the book and live performances from bands Shade Ray and Es.
Invisible Women celebrate the work of the collectivised feminist film movement across Latin
America in the 1970s. This programme includes the work of Cine Mujer Colombia, Cine Mujer Mexico and Brazil’s Via TV Mulher, tackling perennial feminist issues such as abortion, sex work and domestic labour.
Artists’ Moving Image
The world premiere of three newly commissioned artists’ films inspired by the life and work of boundary-pushing experimental filmmaker Stephen Dwoskin.
This is the first in-dialogue screening between artist, Onyeka Igwe and Sky Hopinka, with screenings of their films.
Baesianz presents super☆sonic: Ans M + Nuka Nayu + Suren Seneviratne super☆sonic is an audio-visual project curated by the collective Baesianz, a London-based collective that celebrates artists of Asian heritage from all around the world. . Bringing together artists from the Asian diaspora, super☆sonic includes live performance and visuals.
Black British History
A celebration of Black regionality through still and moving images, exploring the exterior and interior lives and sense of belonging as experienced by Black Britons beyond London.
An afternoon symposium of documentary films and panels featuring music, visuals and discussion around underground Black British music of the 80s and 90s.
Co-curated by T A P E and Invisible Women, TOUCHED celebrates the diversity and fluidity of desire with sensuous shorts by female and non-binary filmmakers.
Otherness Archive’s programme focuses on the forgotten archives of the trans masc experience in a programme of two halves: one looking at the trans masc experience in documentary and art house films, and the other dedicated to the erotic.
D/deaf and Accessible Screenings
LSF early programme exploring the multitude of d/Deaf experiences returns, guest programmed by multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker Rinkoo Barpaga.
Prepare to be tickled by a circus of shorts focusing on raging hormones, deadly semen allergies, human CAPTCHA tests, zombie apocalypses, and the widespread traumatic effects of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP. This event is fully BSL interpreted.