IRL is a touring short film event from the London Short Film Festival, programmed by and for under 25s.
When did we disconnect? How do we reconnect? And do we even want to? The London Short Film Festival presents IRL, short films taking us to the cornerstones of millennial existence - dance floors, grotty flatshares, grottier Wetherspoons and Grindr inboxes - in the pursuit of connection, online and off.
Our hero/ines navigate burnout, the binary and a reality both anxiety-inducing and mundane in equal measure in a programme looking to community across the intersection and beyond the ether. With cameos from Liv Wynter, Kate Nash and Brigitte Aphrodite.
Programmed by Jenny Clarke, presented by LSFF’s Young Programmer Dan Guthrie.
The Ditch Dir. Anabel Barnston, 12 mins, UK, 2018
Broke twenty-something Ed is forced to take matters into her own hands when her ex-boyfriend forgets to return her belongings, a week after he dumped her on their moving-in day.
Cakes & Candles - Episode 1: Preheat Oven Dir. Nicola Chue, 11 mins, UK, 2018
Dee’s ideal birthday would be a quiet get-together with close friends, but her gregarious younger sister Cristina has different plans for their joint party.
Ladies Day Dir. Abena Taylor-Smith, 9 mins, UK, 2018
Amma, a young, black lesbian, spends the day in an Afro-Caribbean hair salon full of fun, sheen spray, gossip and laughter - but how will she deal with the casual homophobia?
Without A Map Dir. Thomas Lawes, 3 mins, UK, 2018
The dance floor at a school prom serves as a platform to explore asexuality amongst a sea of slow dancing peers.
Jeebies Dir. Tim Bunn, Joseph Patrick, 3 mins, UK, 2018
Whilst Lubna is trying to convince the 999 operator that she really is in danger, a stranger approaches her front door.
Wilson Dir. John Ogunmuyiwa, 3 mins, UK, 2018
This the story of Wilson, a regular black guy whose battle with his feelings and expression leads to a timely yet dark outburst.
Fun Only Dir. Lukas Revzin, 10 mins, UK, 2018
Trawling the digital spaces, Matt yearns for something more than just him and his screen.
Woman In Stall Dir. Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli, 10 mins, UK, 2018
A woman finds herself trapped in a bathroom stall by a man whose intentions are not entirely clear.
Fuck The Boxes Dir. Abel Rubinstein, 11 mins, UK, 2018
Gay 20-year-old student Dan has to find a way to deal with an emotion he is not used to.
Disconnect Dir. Arnold Chukwu, 4 mins, UK, 2018
After an abrupt break up over the phone, Rachel ventures out into the world and finds new status and superfluous attention as strangers start to commune and follow her like a herd of smartphone zombies.
Clockworks Dir. Mark Corden, 3 mins, UK, 2017
Siblings, eh? Can't live with them, can't live without them. Alana can relate to that more than anyone.
To The Front: Scenes From A Women’s Rock Camp Dir. Fran Broadhurst, 13 mins, UK, 2017
A group of unacquainted women, with no musical experience, have three days to learn an instrument, form a band and perform live.