It’s Friday. First, I have a song for Friday. Friday, this is for you.
Secondly, this means that London Short Film Festival
is kicking off today and we really don’t have any excuses not to go. It is the best of its kind. It’s a platform for directors yet undiscovered, and a lot of times it means the kind of creativity you won’t find elsewhere. Split across ICA in Central London and Hackney Picturehouse on our doorstep, we don’t even need to go far to experience it. We’re taking it slow tonight but tomorrow we’ll jump right in with Femmes Fantastiques
in Hackney. People talk about writing strong female characters but we’re not always strong. Sometimes we’re weak, sometimes we’re vulnerable, sometimes curious, wild and sometimes we’re desperate or silly. We’re multifaceted, and that’s exactly the kind of characters we look forward to meeting at the screening of short films, all led by fantastic femmes. There's a slight dilemma as Transgression & Convention In The Fashion Film
is happening at the same time at the ICA. We're bound to stay on our home turf but should you happen to be nearer to ICA, many of tomorrow's fashion film leaders will be screening their shorts, followed by discussion on the definitions of the undefinable. To a degree more visual than many other genres, done bad fashion film can be really quite awful. But, that's unlikely to be the case at this screening - expressive, forward thinking and visually beautiful are likelier to be the keywords. Celluloid Traces
is another chance to experience some visual pleasures. 87 minutes of film shot on film? Sign us up. There are personal stories and stories with no real ending, films that touch the surreal and even one edited together from 2334 photographs. Film isn't just a story on a screen and this embodies that quite well. It's an ode to the medium that is the message. All this fiction begs for a bit of a reality check and Monday's Night of the Living Docs
is just that. Wildlife is wonderous but no creature is quite like a human being. The two back-to-back sessions focus on people. The first part focuses on them in action, the second in relation to others. From following Daedalian thoughts to the meeting the simply weird and witty, real life characters are often the most fascinating to get to know. Last but not least, we want to lose ourselves in Surreal Worlds
. It's here that pictures come to life and moving images take us travelling through someone's thoughts and dreams. The dreamlike takes over the storylines as well as the visual, and our minds are ready to be expanded, bended and twisted. Distorting reality and playing around with the alternate is the beauty of film and we have every intention on embracing it. There's about a thousand other events we want to go to - have a look at the timetable here
and tweet us @miistashoes if there's anything else we should definitely not miss out on!