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THE 11TH LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (10 – 19 January 2014).

“Art revolves around creating something that isn’t there”, says Kathleen Hanna (ex of groundbreaking bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre); Hanna is a figure close to London Short Film Festival’s heart, with an unflinching dedication to an independent cause with her music and art, and because of this we open the 11th Festival with The Punk Singer, a documentary feature film about her.

At a time when supposedly everything has been done, with nothing new out there, Hanna’s quote is a contradiction, as filmmakers can raid a whole history of over a hundred years of images and pictures to create new work. Stealing is essential to create something where there is nothing, and that empty space is there to be filled with images and stories by any means necessary. Nothing is sacred anymore. With a record 32 programmes in this year’s LSFF of new short films selected from 1200 open submission entries, we hope to put even more images up there for future filmmakers to steal. LSFF is also filling spaces all over London with images, creating a community of filmmakers and film lovers; as well as our regular cinemas such as ICA, Curzon Soho, Hackney Picturehouse, Riverside Studios and others, we’ve spread out south to the Victorian environs of Horniman Museum and east into the bars of Dalston and Hackney. We’re also filling the spaces with debate with a new series of panel lectures ‘Discussion @ LSFF’. Maybe audiences will be inspired to start up their own screening nights or festivals, to steal from LSFF as the next generation of film exhibitors.

We hope that visitors to the Festival are inspired to steal for their art; perhaps an image seen will inspire a new film, or an event will spark an idea to start something up. After all, a film isn’t just for LSFF, it’s for life!


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