Life is busy and time is precious, but thankfully it’s possible to keep the calibre of our culture intake high, all in the time it takes to guzzle a large glass or two of wine. Check out London Short Film Festival, which is on until January 15, screening 500 of the best cutting-edge independent mini films British and international films around. And this year they all take inspiration from Huggy Bear’s 1992 single Her Jazz, and is based on the song’s ethos “this is happening without your permission”. So expect an edgy vibe. Music fans will love David Bowie Sound & Vision, which captures the story of his career, showing short films from his experimental beginnings in the’ 60s to his global domination and adoration in the ’80s. Fancy a quick laugh? Check out provocative Glaswegian comedian Limmy’s six-second vines. LGBTQ content is led by New Queer Visions: Roots Manoeuvre, a diverse set of tales that will give you food for thought later. Art lovers need to see performance artist and filmmaker Harriet Fleuriot and artist Sarah Cockings’ remixed project Plasma Vista. An international highlight is Another Kind of Girl, a moving film made in response to the often negative reporting of the Syrian refugee experience. The LSFF has us spoiled for choice, bringing some intelligent cheer to a chilly winter week.