For my money, a movie should never be longer than 90 minutes. Okay, 100 at a push, but really, a decent writer and a talented director should be able to tell a story in 90 minutes, no? Two hours and I'm squirming around in my seat like there's ants in my pants as I try to find a comfy position. Two-and-a-half and my mind and stomach have both wandered off to the nearest supermarket to start shopping for a tasty post-movie meal.
So whenever I hear about a film festival of short movies, I perk up. Whether it's two minutes, ten, thirty or sixty (actually, does sixty minutes still count as a short film?), I'm in. My back loves it, my mind and stomach adore it, and if it's boring, I've only wasted a fraction of the time I would've wasted had it been a full-blown feature. Perfect.
If you're anything like me, you'll be beside yourself with glee to hear that the London Short Film Festival is returning for another ten-day session (starting 4th January) of fabulous non-full-length movies. It's celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, so hopefully there'll be a few surprises along the way, too.
Renowned for daring cross-arts programming, we showcase the very best of the country's raw talent," the organisers say on the festival's website. "The London Short Film Festival is a Mecca for the UK's young creative talent and a significant date in the UK film calendar."
At the 2012 event the festival sold more than 5,000 tickets for over 60 events at 22 venues across the capital, with the Guardian newspaper calling it "the best short film festival in the world."
The team is still putting together the final line-up of movies to be screened at the 2013 event, so be sure to check its website and Facebook page for the latest information. And the second you see a movie listed that you wouldn't mind checking out, be sure to make a booking quick.