London Short Film Festival opens

London Short Film Festival

January 10, 2014

The eleventh London Short Film Festival kicks off on the 10th of January with an array of Curtis Brown talent screening their work in what is recognised as the biggest UK based Short Film Festival. LSFF will take place over ten days at around twenty major London venues from 10th – 19th January 2014, combining independent shorts, live music, training and parties.

Touch, written and directed by NFTS graduate Shola Amoo is an arthouse/sci-fi/fantasy film which follows Jessica and George, who meet in an open field at a specific time and place everyday. George is in love – but unbeknownst to him, Jessica hides a devastating secret. As Jessica’s feelings for George grow, she must make an important decision that will change her life forever. Touch will be screening as part of the Landscape as a character strand on Sun 12 Jan 20:00 at the Ritzy Picturehouse.

Award winning thriller short, Shallow, directed by Will Bridges will also feature as part of LSFF. Shallow stars Dan Stevens as newly elected MP Richard Dove, who, after a traumatic car accident with a young girl on a deserted forest road fatally decides to bury her in the woods and save his blossoming career. New Shorts Thriller! On the 11th of Januaryat 23:30 at the Rio Cinema.

Simon EllisStew & Punch will feature as part of the strand God’s Lonely Men part 1: Under Attack on the 14th of January at 18:45 at Riverside Studios. Stew & Punch looks-in on a dinner party with beef stew and much punch. The party eventually spirals out of control when the host couple are sucked into a bout of light-hearted arm wrestling.

Corinna Faith's new short film The Beast, one of the BFI Lighthouse Shorts 2012 and produced with Warp Film follows a young girl who is captivated by the romantic myth of a beast on a moor; but finds the real beast is closer than she realises.As part of th Father strand, The Beast will show on the 16th of January at 18:45 at the Hackney Picture House.

Room 8, directed by James W Griffiths and recently BAFTA nominated for Best Short Film, plays in the Surreal Worlds strand. A prisoner makes a fantastical discovery when thrown into a cell with an unspeaking and unsettling cellmate. As the secrets of the prison are revealed this unique and brilliant short takes a turn for the unexpected. Showing on the 12th of January, 12:30 at the Curzon Soho.

Aneil Karia’s short film Beat, starring Ben Whishaw going crazy on the streets of East London, has been nominated for Best British Short and will screen at Cuzon Soho at 12.30 this Sunday as part of Surreal Worlds.

Nida Manzoor’s Arcade will be playing in the Teenage Girls Go Crazy! Strand. Arcade follows two young schoolgirls engrossed in a shoot-em-up computer game whose jokes turn to jibes before escalating further, with deadly consequences. A witty and fresh short from a unique new female voice. Showing on the 11th January at 18:00 at ICA.

Chloe ThomasShopgirl Blog, features in Funny Shit on Friday the 10th of January, 21:00 at the ICA. A comedy for hard times, ShopGirl is an unsuccessful writer, with a day job. A 6-day-a-week day job. She works in her mum's struggling Bermondsey lighting shop, and blogs about their strange customers. Today is their best day ever – the first day of their closing down sale.

For more information see the official London Short Film Festival website.

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