BELIFF - Be Epic! London International Film Festival


Our Promises/ What you get:

- All films are guaranteed to be watched
- Proof of view via brief feedback of film
- All films get social media support on request
- Even if films don’t make it too the official selection there is a possibility to be invited to be part of our online platform of independent films scheduled to launch later this year or beginning of next year.
- Official selection will get public feedback about their films.


In the midst of the COVID 19 outbreak that took a toll on all of our lives, we want to keep you updated and reassured that we are aiming to go ahead as scheduled with the 6th annual edition of BELIFF festival in August 2021 at the wonderful Lyric Theatre in London. However, in the event the venue will be ordered to remain closed further down the line, we have been making preparations to shift our programme of the official selection online (protected by a paywall) and reach audiences worldwide as a useful and exciting alternative. We will endeavour to keep everyone informed and share another year of unique independent films from the utmost passionate of filmmakers.

Why you should submit to BELIFF:

- GUARANTEE your film will be watched! Every film submitted to our festival receives a brief feedback from an industry professional before due time (of notification date). On top of that we are happy to post on all our social media a brief message promoting any film that has submitted to our festival. The text and visual material must be provided by the submitter.

- Your film will get a chance of being SCREENED at LYRIC CINEMA, with a public of around 100 people. You also get direct feedback from the audience who will rate and offer impressions via our unique and specially designed rating forms.

We are proud to have supported some great independent film makers so far. Some of them won many more film festivals, obtained distribution and already started work on their new projects after attending our competition.

We are so happy to have been receiving so many wonderful feedbacks and reviews (so far only 5 star reviews) and feeling so supported.

We are interested in helping the independent cinema community and we are happy to repost and share any successes or future projects via social media, you just need to get in touch or tag us in your posts and we will re post, like, comment and help as much as we can.

Check our some our last year highlight:

2017 HIGHLIGHTS Video:






- The guarantee that your film will be watched (1 phrase feedback from the Jury by e-mail)
- Beautiful, cosy screening location in an environment full of hospitality
- Complete Film Rating Scores by the Public sent via e-mail (don't forget to request them)
- The opportunity to meet film makers and industry professionals at our Networking Events
- Complementary memberships and prizes for the winners courtesy of our Partners iPitchTV and Fade In Leading Screenwritting Software
- The oportunity to participate to the Awards Ceremony where we celebrate the beauty of independent films and everybody involved in the process.
- The oportunity to publicise your film by purchasing editiorials in our Festival Magazine FILM VOICE.
- The possibility of purchasing a Critics Review or a Feedback for your film
- Constant Publicity on Social Media for films that make the Official Selection

Be Epic! London International Film Festival is a yearly film festival that is looking especially for meaningful, innovative, free of cliche filmmaking.

BELIFF encourages young and old film makers from around the world to contribute to the shaping of society through inspirational films that combine with valuable messages and innovative ideas. BELIFF aims to be the rising point of film makers and up and coming new artists by promoting value and hard work and we are dedicating ourselves to stand up for everyone who is looking to refine and discover film both as entertaining and educating audiences from all around the globe.

We've also partnered up with InkTip:

InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 375 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.
Winners of Best Short, Best Feature and Best Student Film will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.

Those who will get the best out of BELIFF film festival are:
- the visionary voices and artists (scriptwriters, directors, actors etc.) that have great empathy and a deep capacity to understanding and expressing beyond the surface layers of things and beyond those depths as well.
- distinctive scripts,
- truthful perspectives on themes and subjects,
- the creators of innovative cinematic outcomes that stand out from the usual mainstream.

The Selected films are in competition for the following awards:
1. Best Feature Film
2. Best Short Film
3. Best Featurette Certificate
4. Best Documentary Feature or Short
5. Best Animated Short Film
6. Best Experimental Film
7. Best Director
8. Best Actor
9. Best Actress
10. Best Cinematography
11. Best Student Film
12. Public Award
13. Best Music Video
14. Best Script (Screenplay)
15. Best Commercial
16. Jury Awards (a maximum of 3 for specific films that have accomplished distinction in a specific area)

Public Award (decided entirely by the public though the rating forms and marking durimg each screening)

1. We accept short and feature films: documentaries, animations, narrative fiction, sci-fi experimentals
2. Any film that has been previously released via ANY home video platform or broadcast on TV or the internet in any country ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for the festival unless the version submitted is significantly different than the version previously broadcasted;
3. The films must not be older than 5 years;
4. Time limits: Short (up to 20 minutes, credits included), Featurette (20 minutes to 39.59 minutes) Feature (40 min up to 3 hours) Documentaries (up to 3 hours) Animation (up to 2 hours)
5. All non english language films must have English Subtitles.
6. Artists are welcome to submit more than one film.
7. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older (or have your parent or guardian consent) to enter the competition.
8. Rough cuts or incomplete works are not accepted. – Film formats accepted, DVD, Blu Ray, HD Resolution
9. Entrant agrees to grant Film Festival permission for accepted films and related marketing materials to be reproduced and distributed – in whole or in part – for purposes of jurying, education, and promotion of the festival.
10. Entry fees are non-refundable
11. The jury’s decision is final.
12. Filmmaker must have obtained all clearances for exhibition and must certify that the work is original and no disputes regarding ownership exist on the film.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you BELIFF for the wonderful online experience and the amazing 1.5 hours Q&A! Highly recommended!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kew for your support. We highly enjoyed your film and your spontaneous sense of humour. :)

    You are Epic!

  • We were so pleased to have our short film ABOUT selected by BELIFF, particularly as it is an annual London festival and that is where we made the film. These guys put on a great event despite Covid restricting it to being online. Ioana was our point of contact from the first acceptance email and did a great job communicating with us and making sure everything was in place. They had a good selection of films shown over a week on the Cinenso platform which worked well. My co-writer Theodore Brun and I were also very happy to take part in a live Q&A hosted by Ioanna, with Fella and Stephen whose reviews are below! It seems that was a highlight for all of us - fun, engaging and so encouraging to speak with/hear from other filmmakers and feel a sense of solidarity in our crazy quest to make art through film. Since the festival we have had some interest from streaming platforms, one of which mentioned BELIFF, so its was well worth it from that point of view and clearly a festival that is taken seriously. So thank you Ioanna, Vlad and all the team! I will certainly submit again, hopefully when we have turned ABOUT into a feature...!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hey Phill and Theo,

    Thank you so much for your supportive review.
    Hope to see About turn into a feature - at which stage definitely share with us.

    You guys are Epic!

  • Fella Cederbaum

    BELIEFF was a wonderful FF experience all around. Vlad and Joanna create an exceptionally warm, friendly and encouraging atmosphere
    from beginning to end. They were both super responsive and supportive at all times. I was delighted to have my Short included in this FF and very much enjoyed Joanna's lighthearted, yet very thoughtful interview style which set the tone for an intimate and fun ZOOM Q&A

    August 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Fella,

    Thank you for your lovely review. It was fantastic to have you on board BELIFF 2020. You're poetic explorations are really special. Keep in touch.

    You are Epic!

  • Stephen Mills

    In this new Zoom World of Independent Film Festivals, it’s easy to say: “Well, there’s no connection, no people, no big screen”—all the elements virtual showings cannot offer. What I learned from Vlad and Ioana at BELIFF is that some valuable connections get stronger. How many times do you interact with a Festival’s director? Usually they’re off solving problems, but now, we discover ourselves in a creative new bio-sphere that contains us all. The directors are immediately accessible. All the information is available for any questions asked. I collaborated with Vlad on an article for Film Voice, their festival magazine, and I had a very informed, animated, and interactive interview with Ioana and three other filmmakers. That’s probably more exchange with a festival than I would have gotten had I gone in person. I feel I completely established a relationship with the festival and its directors and it’s a tribute to Vlad and Ioana that they transformed a potentially distant event into a lively, hospitable, and inclusive experience. Hats off to them for cracking the covid code and cutting a path straight to the heart of what a festival is for: to connect, to contact, to create. Not so easy, though they make it seem so. I had a great festival time with them and seeing the films of others. I was there! Really!

    Stephen Keep Mills, writer/director Love is not Love

    August 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hi Stephen,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful review and your continuous participation and support. We felt you were here, too.

    You are Epic!

  • A wonderful festival supporting independent film with a real passion for the art of storytelling. Great team with excellent communication and a fantastic line up of film. It was a pleasure to be a part of the festival and we were delighted to win an award!

    August 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Stuart,

    Your kind words mean a lot to us. Stay well and safe. You are Epic!