London Short Film Festival (LSFF) has announced its full 2017 programme, and it boasts 500 UK and international short films to be shown over ten days, from 6th-15th January 2017.
Now in its 14th year, LSFF has become recognised as the premiere showcase for cutting-edge UK independent films. Critically lauded for its provocative cross-arts programming, the festival has become synonymous with unique, zeitgeist capturing experiences and events, making it a mecca for creative talent and an important moment in the UK film calendar.
Organiser’s have said that this year’s festival mantra comes from Huggy Bear’s 1992 single Her Jazz, one of the rare UK representatives of riot grrrl in the early nineties. Based on the song’s ethos ‘this is happening without your permission’, LSFF 2017 has embraced this ideology, showing a huge wealth of diverse and challenging content, especially in the light of the events and news of 2016.
There will be a huge selection of UK short films across music, comedy, LGBTQ, fashion and culture. Highlights of this year’s festival include a programme that tells the story of the birth of riot grrrl, which resonates with today’s disillusioned youth. Using confrontational imagery, a generation of female filmmakers also paved the way alongside their punk counterparts, looking to the scene for inspiration.
David Bowie Sound & Vision, a series of screenings at 19 Picturehouse cinemas across the UK, captures the story of his career, taking in three decades, from his experimental beginnings of the sixties to the golden era of the seventies to his world of domination in the eighties with a series of critically acclaimed films that have rarely been seen cinematically.
LSFF will also look at the rise of social media culture, as this year’s comedy strand will see 600 of Glaswegian comedian Limmy’s vines screened today for the first time.
Also set to make an appearance during the course of the festival is Alan Yentob, Michael Armstrong, Julien Temple, Tamra Davis, The Begotten, Big Joanie, Limmy, Armando Ianucci, Fay Milton & Ayse Hassan (Savages), David Leister & Bea Haut (Analogue Recurring), Annette Kennerley.
It promises to be one hell of a ride. For the full line up, details of venues and times, click here.