25 to 29 October

Daily | 11am–7pm

IWM London


Free event

No booking necessary


5 days
10 programmes
29 films

From twerking to wargames, and the claustrophobia of submarines to refugee journeys, IWM Short Film Festival presents challenging, inspiring and experimental films responding to past and contemporary conflict.

The Festival showcases documentaries, dramas and animations presented within themed programmes. Daytime screenings will be held at IWM London and are drop-in and free of charge.

We are delighted to also be presenting free daily screenings of They Shall Not Grow Old*, Peter Jackson’s (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings) artistic response to the First World War, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and IWM. Archive footage has been transformed to present never before seen detail, offering a new perspective on this 20th century conflict to a 21st century audience. Please note that for They Shall Not Grow Old, spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. Screenings will start at 5pm and 7pm in the cinema at IWM London and no late admissions will be permitted. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Suitable only for 15 years and over. 

In addition to this programme, IWM is delighted to be hosting a ticketed event at Picturehouse Central, which will present the most hard-hitting, relevant and inspiring films relating to war and conflict from our 2018 Film Festival programme.

Six awards are granted to the most remarkable films in the Festival, and at each screening you can vote for your favourite.

  • Making A New World

    The Festival is part of Making A New World, a free season of innovative exhibitions, installations and immersive experiences at IWM North and IWM London exploring how the First World War has shaped the society we live in today.

  • Festival Programme

    Find out more about the films shortlisted and the screening timetable in this year's programme.

IWM London

IWM Short Film Festival

IWM London

IWM Short Film Festival

IWM Short Film Festival is a showcase of imaginative and challenging films, inspired by the causes, course and consequences of conflict and its impact on people’s lives.
Audience at IWM Short Film Festival 2014
IWM London, Audience at IWM Short Film Festival

Partner, supporter and principal funder logos for Peter Jackson's film They Shall Not Grow Old.

Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old partners and supporters:

*Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums in association with the BBC. Produced by WingNut Films and Executive Produced by House Productions. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Special thanks to Matthew & Sian Westerman with additional support from The Taylor Family Foundation, The Moondance Foundation, Welsh Government, Scottish Government, British Council, Tim & Sarah Bunting, Jacqueline & Richard Worswick and one anonymous donor. Distributed by Trafalgar Releasing.


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