London Short Film Festival (LSFF) presents its first screening series exclusively for D/deaf audiences, curated by LSFF's young Deaf programmer Zoe McWhinney, with the support of the BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery. The programme comprises a selection of thought provoking contemporary short films spanning drama, horror and comedy that each bring stories about D/deaf culture and experience to the big screen. It's a fresh selection of contemporary short films foregrounding the richness of D/deaf culture and reality of the D/deaf experience.
Helmed by this year’s Academy Award-winning Best Short, The Silent Child, the programme spans genres, refuting tired tropes to tell D/deaf stories outside of convention - from the surrealist comedy of Max Clendaniel’s Nonsense to bite-sized dystopian conspiracy, Samuel Ash’s Imagine; a romance of stolen glances in Lina Jakobi’s Deaf to Young Deaffest’s Best Short of 2015, Ian Bustard’s reinterpretation of Romeo & Juliet, A Love Divided.
All films include BSL dialogue and/or subtitles, and additional BSL support where necessary, and the programme is introduced on screen by programmer Zoë McWhinney.