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Institute of Contemporary Arts ( ICA ) www.ica.org.uk/lsff Curzon Soho cinema www.curzoncinemas.com Roxy Bar & Screen www.roxybarandscreen.com Amersham Arms www.amersham-arms.co.uk

The Projector with Teeth returns to 4 major London venues this January, with a new identity and a new name, celebrating 5 uncompromising years of short film and punk attitude.

After 4 years, the Halloween Short Film Festival now emerges as the London Short Film Festival, still proud to be the edgiest film festival in the UK , and bringing with it the best in new film and music across 10 days of screenings and multi-media mayhem. The cornerstone of the previous Festivals has always been imaginative and challenging programming, so for this year?s screenings, the Festival are pulling some special events out of the bag, alongside the best in new short films.

Including 14 programmes of new short films, selected from an open submissions process, which this year has seen record entries, the 2008 festival includes everything from comedy to horror, to experimental to documentary.

Awards and prizes will be awarded by UK Film Council and the VX Auteur Theory, plus Time Out, the LUX, Fortean Times, Dead By Dawn, Shooting People, a teenage jury, Channel 4?s FourDocs and others.

The festival also offers filmmakers and industry participants Howling Feedback, an ongoing array of free industry events and networking at the Curzon Soho and ICA bars, supported by UK Film Council, Film London, Rushes Soho Shorts, and Shooting People.

This year?s live events, part of Halloween?s on-going commitment to bring strong live music themed film & visual events to our annual Festival include Soundtracks ? Post-Rock vs. Found Footage, a night at the ICA to celebrate found-footage films! Award winning filmmakers Sarah Wood, Ben Rivers and Max Hattler use archive and found footage to create short films and visuals sets to screen tonight, to be accompanied by live music from three of the most experimental avant-garde outfits around, The Exploits of Elaine, Blood Stereo (along with a bunch of screaming ladyfriend guests) and Ladyscraper.
The night will also include a selection of classic found footage work by People Like Us, Cordelia Swann and Anne McGuire. The ICA bar will also offer StreamLounge, open access ?YouTube?-style VJing software, open to everyone to take part in. (This event is supported by Animate
Projects.)

Music-oriented events include, Bristol Meth, focused around The Cube independent cinema in Bristol, a night of live music and independent short film from David Hopkinson (who brings Mr Hopkinson?s Computer), Lady Lucy, Rozi Plain, and others;

Roxy Acoustica bringing together a selection of live acts, including Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring, Monkey Don?t, and Roman from Bretton alongside showcase visuals from Prime Objective and BuzzardBuzzard.

Filmmakers-in-bands is the theme of the festival?s final night awards ceremony at the newly re-opened Amersham Arms in New Cross, with live sets from short filmmakers who?s sideline in rockin? guitar outfits fits our Festival ethos perfectly. Headline set comes from Economy Wolf alongside VJ Max Hattler, and see Ben Blaine, Greg Butler, and Joe Tunmer away from behind the camera and with their bands!

Filmmakers Focuses include a Q&A with Asif Kapadia (FAR NORTH, THE
WARRIOR) who will be in conversation, after a screening of his earlier shorts and short films that he admires, as well as a preview of his new FAR NORTH feature; Filmmaker Jes Benstock will overview his own 10 year career from performance to animation to documentary to music video; SeaBuzzard give us an insight into working on music videos and documentary with The Mighty Boosh, Foals, The Noisettes and The Mystery Jets.

The Guest List screenings programme invites partners & friends to showcase events and films, including Saint Etienne?s Turntable Café, which arrives with The Caravan Gallery for a night of discussion and photography;

Club des Femmes, who celebrate punk feminist filmmaker Kathy Acker with a screening of her feature VARIETY plus shorts and readings inspired by Acker;

Toronto?s Darryl?s Hard Liquor & P0rn Film Festival visit with a night of debauchery, comedy and?. fancy dress!

Plus, the London cinema premiere of music documentary feature AMERICAN HARDCORE, with guest DJs beforehand showcasing their 7? hardcore collections (in conjunction with Visible Noise);

Radar Festival, who premiere their new short film & music video selection alongside Q&A?s with the filmmakers;

The DepicT! 90 second film competition, ThinkSync Films, BBC Film Network New Music Shorts all showcase new work alongside Q&A?s to meet the filmmakers involved.

Plus screenings curated by UK Film Council, FourDocs, Dazzle Short Film Label, Shorts International, Bitesize Cinema. And not forgetting the Shooting People film pub quiz!!

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