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LFF For Free: Short Films

A programme of free short film screenings.

These screenings are FREE and open to all (subject to age restrictions). Please note that places are limited and can be booked at the LFF For Free desk in the BFI Southbank foyer from 10am on the day of the event on a first come, first served basis.* If you have reserved a place please arrive 10 minutes before the start time or your place may be reallocated.

*Advance booking required for The Doll’s Breath + Q&A with the Quay Brothers.

 

Programme 1

Network@LFF Shorts Programme 1: Atomisation and Loss

Films that explore the importance of community and companionship through the prism of immigration and bereavement.

Sat 5 Oct 12:00-12:45 Studio, BFI Southbank

NETWORK@LFF is an internationally focused talent development programme at the very heart of the BFI London Film Festival, delivered by BFI NETWORK. Now in its sixth year, we’ve selected 12 new UK-based writers, directors and producers to join us for an intensive programme of masterclasses, screenings, events and one-to-ones with industry professionals. This year, we’ve focused on filmmakers telling stories with global ambitions; stories that can be culturally specific whilst resonating internationally. Join us to see a selection of shorts from this year’s selected filmmakers. This programme brings together films that explore the importance of community and companionship through the prism of immigration and bereavement.
Age 15+

Fluorescence
Dir. Carys Lewis (7min)
Written by Syrian artist Kinana Issa, the film explores the themes of liberation and captivity. It follows a woman whose journey of immigration is over, but whose suffering continues. The story gives voice to women who have been impacted by immigration. This was created as part of a series of three films.

As He Lay Falling
Dir. Ian Waugh (19min)
Georgios has travelled to Scotland from Greece, settling on a peninsula at the edge of the remote Scottish Highlands. A ghost in a foreign land, he digs peat for food and board on Bronte’s rundown croft - his unwelcome presence hanging darkly over her partner William, an English incomer. Trapped within a forced intimacy, lost from a life he left behind, Georgios discovers the stark difference between choosing to disappear and losing yourself completely. Similar in atmosphere to director Ian Waugh’s previous short Strayed, As He Lay Falling is a penetrating short about identity, self-worth, and displacement.

As He Lay Falling premiered in competition for the Best Short Film Award at the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival, received Special Mentions at the 11th Reykjavik International Film Festival and the International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, and won the Directors Jury Award at the 16th International Short Film Festival of Soria.

A Paradise
Dir. Jayisha Patel (14min)
Director Jayisha Patel travels to the province of Granma, Cuba, named after the yacht with which Fidel Castro, Ernesto Che Guevara and their revolutionaries landed in Cuba in 1956. There, she encounters a young family who mourn the death of their son, who at merely 12 years of age has comitted suicide. The province is known for its loyalty to the revolution. It is lesser known for the tragic fact concerning the high suicide rate amongst youth. The film depicts the families’ grieving, who, accompanied by the community, search for affirmation in life.

Programme 2

Anatomy of a Film - Q&A with Tony Grisoni

Using Tony Grisoni’s new short film as a jumping off point, we ask him to talk through his creative process.

Sat 5 Oct 13:15-14:15 Studio, BFI Southbank

BAFTA Winner Tony Grisoni is one of the UK's great established film and TV screenwriters with hugely impressive credits ranging from In This World directed by Michael Winterbottom to C4 series, Red Riding Trilogy and Southcliffe; his longstanding film collaboration with Terry Gilliam included the dazzling Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Tideland and LFF2018 Laugh Gala The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. As writer/director, he has also made a number of short films (including BAFTA-nominated Kingsland #1: The Dreamer) and the brand new The Sands of Venus. Using his new short film as a jumping off point, we ask him to talk through his creative process - where do film ideas come from, are there different storytelling ‘muscles’ used for writing and directing, do you ever stop learning, and does it ever get any easier?
Age 15+

Programme 3

Film4 Shorts

A selection of recent Film4 shorts including Naptha, Pompeii and Rebecca.

Sat 5 Oct 15:00-16:00 Studio, BFI Southbank

A selection of recent Film4 shorts including Naptha, directed by Moin Hussain, which was selected for Critics Week at Cannes Film Festival 2019, Pompeii from directors Harry Lighton, Marco Alessi and Matthew Jacobs Morgan, and Rebecca, the directorial debut from screenwriter Keith Akushie (Fresh Meat, Siblings, The Festival). There will also be a sneak peek at some upcoming Film4 shorts! Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, both new and established.
Age 15+

Programme 4

Network@LFF Shorts Screening Programme 2: We Are Family

NETWORK@LFF is an internationally focused talent development programme at the very heart of the BFI London Film Festival, delivered by BFI NETWORK.

Sun 6 Oct 12:00-13:00 Studio, BFI Southbank

NETWORK@LFF is an internationally focused talent development programme at the very heart of the BFI London Film Festival, delivered by BFI NETWORK. Now in its sixth year, we’ve selected 12 new UK-based writers, directors and producers to join us for an intensive programme of masterclasses, screenings, events and one to ones with industry professionals. This year, we’ve focused on filmmakers telling stories with global ambitions; stories that can be culturally specific whilst resonating internationally. Join us to see a selection of shorts from this year’s selected filmmakers. We Are Family explores family relationships from conception to death; prospective parents, absent fathers and disconnected brothers all attempt to understand each other.
Age 15+

Right Choice
Dir. Tomisin Adepeju (10min)
Shot over two days in the heart of Kings Cross, The Right Choice follows a husband and wife who, with the help of an advisor, must answer three seemingly harmless questions to create their perfect designer baby. Brought to life by a team of BAME cast and crew, The Right Choice beat over 8,000 entries to be one of only 17 shorts selected for the International Narrative Short section at Sundance Film Festival in 2018, which marked its world premiere. It also screened as part of Sundance London, and went on to screen at over 45 international film festivals.

Son Of Ned
Dir. Jack King (15min)
Feeling shut-out from Alfie’s new family and life, a dead-beat dad takes drastic action to reconnect with his 6-year-old son.

Pommel
Dir. Paris Zarcilla (20min)
Set within the world of competitive gymnastics, Pommel is a coming-of-age drama about the tumultuous relationship between two young brothers as they compete for recognition and approval in an upcoming gymnastics competition. Pommel was supported by Creative England and the BFI. Nominated at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) for 2018 Best British Short.

A Bird With No Legs
Dir. Nick Cinelli (9min)
Scr. Karim Khan
James cannot process the loss of his wife and is lost in an isolated, oppressive and dissonant world. His son, Theo, plays the songs he needs to hear to overcome his emotional and musical block, and put their world back in harmony.

Programme 5

Network@LFF Shorts Screening Programme 3: Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves

NETWORK@LFF is an internationally focused talent development programme at the very heart of the BFI London Film Festival, delivered by BFI NETWORK.

Sun 6 Oct 13:15-14:15 Studio, BFI Southbank

NETWORK@LFF is an internationally focused talent development programme at the very heart of the BFI London Film Festival, delivered by BFI NETWORK. Now in its sixth year, we’ve selected 12 new UK-based writers, directors and producers to join us for an intensive programme of masterclasses, screenings, events and one to ones with industry professionals. This year, we’ve focused on filmmakers telling stories with global ambitions; stories that can be culturally specific whilst resonating internationally. Join us to see a selection of shorts from this year’s selected filmmakers. Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves explores a multitude of female experiences in the 21st century. In this selection we find films that feature women striving for empowerment, respect and actualisation; from playing in punk bands to grappling with their sexuality.
Age 15+

To the Front
Prod. Jen Corcoran (13min)
A group of unacquainted women with no musical experience have three days to learn an instrument, form a band and perform live. This short recently screened at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018.

Unseen
Dir-Scr. Lotus Hannon (16min)
Prod. Chi Thai
Unseen explores racial fetishisation and micro-aggressions through the eyes of Lien, a young woman who hopes for more than society is willing to offer her and is desperately trying to escape the underclass. The film explores a tension between how we see ourselves and how society see us. Everyone can relate to having to conform or compromise to enable ourselves to get ahead sometimes, to push through barriers in life that hold us back. Lien plays the system, takes on an identity which she thinks will help her get ahead. But how long can you be someone else before the real you is diminished?

Merched Parchus
Prod. Alice Lusher (14min)
True-crime obsessed, murder fantasist and lazy writer Carys is failing - full on failing. 27 years old. Dumped. No house. No job. No idea what’s going to happen next. Carys is back where she was 10 years ago - only now she’s got a 2:1 and no hymen. A bilingual, darkly comic, raw portrayal of Cardiff’s lost generation, Merched Parchus is ie ie productions’ first short form drama series. Written by and starring Hanna Jarman and Mari Beard, Merched Parchus is a commentary on what it’s really like for Cardiff’s desensitised, social media generation of 20-30 somethings - as they strive to live, love and get their shit together.

Something in the Closet
Dir. Nosa Eke (14min)
A queer teenager struggles with her sexuality, as desires manifest their way from the depths of her eerie closet into reality.

Programme 6

Film4 Shorts

A selection of recent Film4 shorts.

Sun 6 Oct 15:00-16:00 Studio, BFI Southbank

A selection of recent Film4 shorts including Naptha, directed by Moin Hussain, which was selected for Critics Week at Cannes Film Festival 2019, Pompeii from directors Harry Lighton, Marco Alessi and Matthew Jacobs Morgan, and Rebecca, the directorial debut from screenwriter Keith Akushie (Fresh Meat, Siblings, The Festival). There will also be a sneak peek at some upcoming Film4 shorts! Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, both new and established.
Age 15+

Programme 7

The Doll’s Breath + Q&A with the Quay Brothers

Join us for the Quay Brothers’ latest animated film, The Doll’s Breath.

Sun 13 Oct 15:00-16:00 NFT3, BFI Southbank

Tickets for this event are FREE but should be booked from the BFI Box Office in person or by calling 020 7928 3232. Click here for The Doll’s Breath booking page.
Max 2 tickets per customer. This is a 15+ screening.

Influenced by a tradition of Eastern European animation, the Quay Brothers display a passion for detail, a breath-taking command of colour and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognisable. Commissioned by Syncopy Films Inc., the production company owned and run by Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas, The Quays’ latest 22-minute animated work The Doll's Breath tells the story of Horacio, a former window dresser, who sets up complicated charades where women and life-sized dolls change places in a web of jealousy, betrayal and murder.

Shot and presented on 35mm.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the Quay Brothers hosted by film critic, programmer and lecturer Geoff Andrew.


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