There Are New Suns

‘There is nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns’.
Octavia E. Butler

Filmmaking and watching offer us a way to imagine new horizons, or alternative worlds that are already out there. What planes and dimensions exist alongside our own, and what images can we summon from there to here? A speculative fiction that reimagines the London smog through the lens of the climate crisis. Explore a cyberpunk Manila and the true roots of electronic music as memories and histories intertwine with futures and reality blurs. Is that catfish talking to me?

Costa prize-winning author Caleb Azumah Nelson (Open Water, Small Worlds) premieres his debut short film Pray. LSFF alumni Natalie Cubides-Brady (Beyond the Winds: A Post Nuclear Reverie) presents her European Film Award 2024 nomination The Veiled City. Vienna Shorts FIDO winner Hito explores a dreamlike Filipino landscape.


Director Caleb Azumah Nelson, UK 2023, 19 mins

Treasure by the River

Directors Manting Huang, Hanjie Bao, China 2023, 12 mins

The Veiled City

Director Natalie Cubides-Brady, UK 2022, 13 mins

Africans with Mainframes

Director Kima Hibbert, USA 2023, 15 mins

The Distance between the Staircase and the Sky

Director Katerina Athanasopoulou, UK 2022, 7 mins


Director Stephen Lopez, Philippines 2023, 22 mins

Total running time 88 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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