The LIDF is London’s oldest and largest documentary festival and offers an unprecedented all year-round snapshot of the contemporary world. The festival adopts a questioning, critical attitude to the cultural, social and political issues of the day, engaging with filmmakers, their subjects, and our audience to create a highly distinct environment for cultural interaction.

Alongside established names like Martin Scorsese and Steve Soderbergh, the festival presents the best emerging talent from around the globe in a highly distinctive environment for cultural interaction. A truly public sphere for debate, analysis, and entertainment.

As of 2013 the LIDF has been named as a qualifying film festival by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We are very proud of this accolade that recognises the work of the Festival’s founders and the teams that have run the LIDF over the years. Recipients of the festival’s prize in the Documentary Short Subject category will now qualify for consideration at the Annual Academy Awards® (OSCAR®) without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Awards & Prizes

Best Film
Best Short Film