This Must Be the Place

One of four programmes celebrating the latest in short filmmaking talent.

Places that we arrive at, leave from, and end up. Places that conjure up a memory that knocks you sideways, makes you laugh, evokes a yearning for something that can never return. This collection of competition films, selected from across the LSFF programme, traverse time and space and the spectrum of human emotion. Secrets, grief, the time you felt happiest, the place that feels like home. From the bustling streets of Tehran to sleepy suburban Scotland, these films invite you to peek into communal and deeply personal histories and spaces.

Duncan Cowles (Scary Adult Things for BBC, Taking Stock) returns to LSFF with his latest personal documentary, Outlets, about his grandmother. Also featuring Sundance 2023 alumni Shalini Adnani’s White Ant, and Animafest Zagreb jury winner Garden of Heart, and May Ziadé’s Neo Nadha, exploring the hidden history of Cairo’s cross-dressing women.

White Ant

Director Shalini Adnani, UK 2023, 14 mins

Three Sisters

Director Iman Behrouzi, Iran-Germany 2022, 12 mins

Neo Nahda

Director May Ziadé, UK 2023, 13 mins


Director Duncan Cowles, UK 2022, 19 mins

A Lullaby for Yellow Roses

Director Rahul Roye, India 2023, 18 mins

The Garden of Heart

Director Olivér Hegyi, Hungary 2022, 10 mins

Total running time 86 mins

LSFF Competition: This Must Be the Place
Sat 20 Jan 20:45
LSFF Competition: There Are New Suns
Wed 24 Jan 20:30
LSFF Competition: Growing Up in Public
Thu 25 Jan 20:45
British Short Films on Film
Fri 26 Jan 18:15
LSFF Competition: A Trick of the Light
Sat 27 Jan 20:40

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