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London Film Festival 2020: Top Five Short Films

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Whilst many people focused on covering the feature films at the festival, I still wanted to highlight some fantastic shorts. I ended up watching 16 short films, most of which I thoroughly enjoyed. However, which ones from the London Film Festival stood out to me? Here are my top five films of the festival – with reviews of each one available to access by clicking the links in the titles.

Dafa Metti (2020)

5. Dafa Metti

The easy stand out of the We Built a World category of short films was Dafa Metti, a film that highlights the issues of living as an immigrant in France. The background may be romantic, but behind the lights hide a darkness that many people have to live through. This is wonderfully shot and presented, and the story is one that feels even more relevant now than ever.

The Name of the Son (2020)

4. The Name of the Son

This was a beautiful short film that tackled the topic of transitioning not in the physical sense, but them emotional one between father and son. This is so wonderfully shot and told, and is one of the most important short films at the festival.

Hungry Joe (2020)

3. Hungry Joe

Hungry Joe was one of the first films that I watched at the festival, and it was a great start to the collection. This narrative is a lot of fun, and the filmmakers are aware of how to build suspense and develop the story throughout the film. The performances are fantastic, the visuals are so effective for this story and I seriously hope more people give this a watch.

Shagbands (2020)

2. Shagbands

Out of every short film in the festival, Shagbands was the one that I heard most going into my viewing. It is safe to say that it did not disappoint as the noughties nostalgia hit me extremely hard. This feels like a time capsule of the past, and all of the aspects are so well done with this short. I just want to see more from this world and time era.

Dungarees (2020)

1. Dungarees

Going into my viewing of Dungarees, I wondered how it would be able to tell a whole story in just over five minutes, in comparison to the 15-20 minutes of the other short films. Using bright visuals, fun humour and joyous performances from all three cast members, this story came to light and the positive outlook on transitioning worked extremely well. This was my favourite film of the festival, and I hope more people are able to check it out.

What do you make of my picks? Have you had a chance to see any of these films? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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