London Film Festival announces diverse 2019 programme

The London Short Film Festival (LSFF), running from 11-20 January 2019, returns as the first vital moment of the new year’s film calendar.

The festival retains its status as the UK’s premiere destination for the best in UK and international independent short film. For its sixteenth edition, the festival will see a focus on alternative ’80s culture, a moment bringing outsider art across to the mainstream.

LSFF is a beacon of inclusive and ground-breaking filmmaking from a diverse range of backgrounds. In 2019 the Festival will show a huge selection of UK and international short films across a series of strands which include music, politics, culture, LGBTQ+ and BAME.

There will be a celebration of the ’80s agitprop Scratch Video movement with live music from electronic supergroup Wrangler.

SUPAKINO: Turbans Through Time will present a potted history of the changing representation of Sikhs.

Closing night will celebrate the black women redefining Afrofuturism through their electronic experimentation in No Woman Is An Island. Nkisi (UIQ) will be performing an exclusive live premiere ahead of her album launch (7 Directions) in January 2019.

New programming partnerships include Africa Is A Country, the Stuart Hall Foundation and London Migration Festival looking to the self-authored black British presence on screen and taking stock of academic Stuart Hall’s televisual legacy with the event ‘It (still) Ain’t Half Racist Mum!

As a champion of diverse and inclusive film, LSFF continues to see a huge contribution from young people, women, LGBT and BAME filmmakers. Once again, LSFF includes a programme led by and for the D/deaf community, also supported by the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust.

LSFF is also proud to have been awarded the Screen Diversity mark of good practice for meeting the BFI Diversity Standard, which recognises the Festival’s commitment in this endeavour.

TNT Entertainment

Photo Credit: hello LSFF

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