London Short Film Festival

United Kingdom


Founded in 2003, London Short Festival (LSFF) is a BAFTA-qualifying, internationally regarded independent short film festival. Each January, LSFF hosts ten days of short form, conversation and multidisciplinary curation. We present between 250-500 British and international films each edition, collaboratively programmed down from 5000+ open submissions, alongside Special Events and an industry offering of workshops, panels and discussion for filmmakers and workers. LSFF exists to spotlight a multiplicity of filmmakers, visual artists and creatives, across intersections and with a commitment to peripheral voices. We pride ourselves on a 20 year ethos of giving screen-space and visibility to unconventional and thoroughly independent filmmaking, and our programming seeks to situate the contemporary in dialogue with its history and the world at large. We consider LSFF both a platform where filmmakers can cut their teeth and define their careers, and a celebrator of the archival treasures and talent that got us here.

Event date

19.01.2024 ⟶ 28.01.2024

LSFF hosts two competition selections – International and UK, with additional award for Best Lo-Budget film.

The Best International Short Film award winner will receive a £2000 grant towards their next project. An International Special Mention will be awarded £500 towards their next project.

The Best British Short Film Award winner will receive £1000 in cash and £1000 grant towards supporting travel to an international festival, or to attend a training and development opportunity of their choice. A British Special Mention will be awarded £500 grant for the same type of support.

The Best Lo-Budget Short winner will receive an award of £500. 

Admin Adress

London Short Film Festival
c/o Clearfin
Churchill House
137-139 Brent Street
London NW4 4DJ

Entry fee: 
Early bird deadline – UK + international – £18 Gold Members: £14 Regular deadline – UK + international – £25 Gold Members: £20 Late deadline – UK + international: £32 Gold Members: £27 Under 5 minutes – UK + International – £9 Gold members – £6

Philip Ilson


Philip Ilson co-founded London Short Film Festival in 2004 and is now Festival Co-Director alongside Charlotte Ashcroft. He was the short film programmer for the BFI London Film Festival between 2006 and 2022, and has worked as a freelance programmer, including at the East End Film Festival (London), Cork Film Festival (Ireland), the Branchage Festival (Jersey), Latitude music festival, and at Curzon Soho Cinema.