The London Short Film Festival will return for its 12th year from January 9-18.

The festival this year received a record 1500 submissions, which included international submissions – a first for the festival – via its new online submissions platform, Flock.​

Screenings of the festival’s 34 programmes will be shared between the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Hackney Picturehouse, while industry-related talks and workshops will be restricted to the Hackney Picturehouse.

The awards ceremony will take place on Jan 17 at Oval Space with award sponsors including British Council and Women in Film & Television.

Progammes include F*cked Up Love, Lo-Budget Mayhem, Night of the Living Docs, Surreal Worlds, Teenage Girls Go Crazy!, Funny Sh*t, Tales of the Unexpected, WTF: Outside the Box, Gothic! and A Musical Box.

Industry talks will focus on development, working with a casting director, documentary funding, improv, insurance, music in film and many more.

The festival will include a tribute to the BFI’s Chris Collins, who died of cancer this year. Proceeds from a charity fund-raiser screening of work produced by him will go to Dimbleby Cancer Care.

The festival is headed by director Philip Ilson and producer Jo Duncombe (pictured).

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