Thursday 6 September  – Sunday 16 September

Various venues

The London Short Film Festival has been recognised as the premiere UK showcase for cutting edge homegrown and international short film. Renowned as “the best short film festival in the world!” (The Guardian Guide), the London Short Film Festival has curated a special film trail responding to Reading’s waterways, heritage and communities. Across five venues, this site-specific film trail will present a bespoke programme tailored to each site. Each programme will run for 60 minutes, with the programme looping so audiences can drop in at any point.

Ticket Price: Free

A Reading on Thames Festival Commissioned Event.




Riverside Museum (Turbine room)

Kenavon Dr, Reading RG1 3DH

10AM-6PM every day

THE HOUSE AWAKENING, dir. Florence Kennard

RURAL WORLDS: These films take us into forests, country houses, alongside rivers, and onto the moors, to show us life in the countryside in a series of documentary and experimental short films. Mostly shot on 16mm and super-8 celluloid, these films give us a nostalgic sense of the past through the imagery on screen, reminding us of long lost trips and distant summer days.

Film makers; Florence Kennard, Mark Jenkin, Susu Laroche, Celia Hay, Anne Vimeux, Amy Cutler, Stuart Moore, Daisy Dickinson, Julia Laird, Barnaby Sax, Shinya Isobe.

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2 Forbury Place

Forbury Place, Forbury Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3JH

10AM-6PM every day

1745, dir. Gordon Napier

A WORLD APART: The short dramas here show us a world faced with problems of movement and refuge, both from a contemporary and a historical perspective. Colonialism and war has given us devisive societies throughout history, but the positivity of individuals to fight for a survival brings hope to the dispossessed.

Film makers; Vika Evdokimenko, Gordon Napier, Saeed TajiFarouky, Ben Price, Fateme Ahmadi

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South Street Arts

21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU 

10AM-6PM Monday to Saturdays

ONE DIVING, ONE FALLING, dir. Harry Caulty

LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE: The short films here bring together contemporary dance, performance and music, to give a fascinating, creative and entertaining programme.

Film makers; Harry Cauty, Anne Verheij, Andrew Margetson, Patrick Taylor, Sophie Littman, Jola Kudela, Seth Pimlott, Stella Scott, Michael Mante, Shola Amoo, Andy Sowerby, Ben Witt

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MERL – The Museum of English Rural Life

6 Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX

9AM-5PM Tuesday to Friday

10AM-5PM Weekends

ENGLISH PASTORAL: In association with the Wessex Film and Sound Archive, we bring together three short films that look at our rural landscapes across the 20th century, from the 1952 tourist spotlight on the New Forest, to a 1979 Southern TV documentary following a search for a trusted dog. Contemporary film maker Peter Stickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy) gives us his own nostalgic take on the public information film with his Box Hill homage.

Film makers; Roy Layzell, Graham Hurley, Peter Strickland

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St Laurence Church

30-31 Friar Street, Reading, RG1 2DQ 

10AM-6PM every day 

CLOSED: Sundays and Mondays 1-4PM

Audio-visual installation by Daisy Dickinson with music by E-da Kazuhisa, described as magmatic and sulphurous, cosmological and transcendental, drawing attention to the wonder of the earth and our sensuality to it.

Film makers; Daisy Dickinson

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