12th annual British Shorts film festival features original, genre-spanning films and retrospective on British working class

Photo features a still from Black Sheep by Ed Perkins.


The 12th annual British Shorts film festival begins on Thursday, Jan. 17, highlighting British and Irish short films in genres including animation, documentary, comedy, drama, thriller, and more. We spoke to festival co-founder, Julia Elger, about what to expect from the event.

“We like films that are a little bit offbeat and [have] humor. Interesting topics. Contemporary topics. We don’t have a problem with people going back to the past to explore things,” Elger says. As Brexit looms, there’s also some thematic recurrences. ”It’s about housing, about austerity, about jobs, about refugees,” she says, topics which are also present in the retrospective program on the British working class with films from 1935 to 1959.

The 12th Lichtspielklub Short Film Festival “British Shorts” runs from Jan. 17 through Jan. 23. More information is available via their website.


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