This year’s festival slogan, “What Golden Joys Do We Need Now,” coined by international programmer Qila Gill, reflects the power of collective creativity and work, embodied in a festival programming philosophy that brings together film collectives, clubs and curators from all of London’s vibrant film. stage and beyond. Filmmaker John Ogunmuyiwa created this incredible trailer for this year’s festival, which reflects the diversity and range of talent showcased within LSFF and our accessible and open philosophy.
TAPE Collective collaborates with UNDR LDN, Baesianz, Invisible Women, Apne Film Club, Cinesisters, Otherness Archive, F (r) ictions and many more as part of their industry and special events program, focusing on under-represented groups working within their communities to improve access to film and the power of archives to uncover hidden stories and works. As always, LSFF puts independent cinema in the spotlight, with retrospectives by filmmakers Farah Nabulsi, Aneil Karia, Bryan M. Ferguson and collaborations between Canadian actresses / directors Anna Maguire, Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli.
This year’s UK and International Short Film Competitions bring together the best of the short films submitted, to be considered for the prizes by our jury; Fiona Lamptey (Director of British Feature Films, Netflix) Nick Rowland (Director, Calm With Horses) and María Palacios Cruz (Director, Open City Docs Festival). Each juror brings with them a unique and insightful perspective and as a jury they represent a wealth of experience and passion for the short film. Our judges will decide which films will win from our UK and International competition strands, with the winner for Best UK Short Film receiving £ 1,000 for their next project or a career development opportunity from the British Council.
We are also announcing the return of our partnership with Sky Arts and actor Mark Rylance with the TAASH Award for Comedy in Film. Celebrating the life of promising filmmaker Nataasha Van Kampen, this award is a reminder of her boundless talent and humor, founded and sponsored by her stepfather, Mark Rylance.
Below are some thematic highlights from this year’s extensive program.
Highlights of the program
To you ! Post Punk & Feminism revisited with live performances by Shade Ray and Es
To celebrate the release of Dr Rachel Garfield’s Experimental and Punk Film: Feminist Audiovisual Culture of the 1970s and 1980s, we present a living musical and cinematic event featuring screenings of works featured in the book and live performances by Shade Ray bands. are.
Invisible women: and what is your mother doing?
Invisible Women celebrates the work of the collectivized feminist film movement across Latin America in the 1970s. This program includes the work of Cine Mujer Colombia, Cine Mujer Mexico and Via TV Mulher in Brazil, addressing enduring feminist issues such as the abortion, sex work and domestic work.
The world premiere of three films by newly commissioned artists inspired by the life and work of boundary-pushing experimental filmmaker Stephen Dwoskin.
Artists in conversation: Onyeka Igwe and Sky Hopinka
This is the first 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 audiovisual project organized by the Baesianz collective, a London-based collective that celebrates artists of Asian origin from around the world. . Bringing together artists from the Asian diaspora, Super Sonic ☆ includes live performances and visuals.
British Black History
TAPE Collective presents Black Country: Black Regionality on Film
A celebration of black regionality through still and moving images, exploring outer and inner lives and the sense of belonging as experienced by black Britons beyond London.
British Blak Symposium
An afternoon documentary film and panel symposium featuring music, visuals and discussions around black British underground music from the 80s and 90s.
TAPE Collective & Invisible Women present Touched + Q&A
Co-organized by TAPE and Invisible Women, TOUCHED celebrates the diversity and fluidity of desire with sultry short films by female and non-binary filmmakers.
Archives of otherness: the forgotten archives of the trans masc experience
The Otherness Archive program focuses on the forgotten archives of the trans masc experience in a two-part program: one dedicated to the trans masc experience in documentary and arthouse films, and the other devoted to eroticism.
D / deaf and accessible projections
My eye is my ear
Our annual program exploring the multitude of d / Deaf experiences returns, programmed by multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker Rinkoo Barpaga.
We look forward to the return of our classic variety show. Prepare to be tickled by a circus of shorts focused 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 interpreted in BSL.