The London Independent Film Festival (LIFF) is devoted to the advancement of first- and second-time filmmakers telling amazing stories with limited budgets. Hosted every spring at the Genesis cinema – repeatedly voted the best cinema in the UK – the 2021 London Independent Film Festival will screen the work of over 100 filmmakers from around the world. Stretching over 11 days with numerous industry events, LIFF offers an unmissable opportunity for networking and building collaborations for future projects. It's little wonder that Time Out Magazine has called LIFF "a treasure trove of undiscovered cinematic gems, one of Europe's top indie film fests".

With a reputable support system for emerging filmmakers, LIFF includes popular training programs run by industry professionals who understand the ins and outs of moving a filmmaker's career to the next level.

The London Independent Film Festival gives awards in the following categories:
Best Low-budget Feature (over £100k)
Best Micro-budget Feature (under £100k)
Best No-Budget Feature (under £10k)
Best UK Feature
Best Documentary
Best Sci-Fi / Horror Feature
Best Female Director Feature
Best LGBT film
Best Short Film
Best UK Short
Best Short Documentary
Best Animated Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Short Short
Best Horror / Sci-Fi Short
Best Music Video

Screenplay Award categories:
Best Feature Screenplay
Best Sci-Fi / Horror Screenplay
Best UK Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay

1. All film submissions should be made digitally, not via DVD’s in the post. If you are unable/unwilling to use digital submission, please contact us and we’ll work something out.
2. If selected to be showcased during the event, all screening copies must be received by March 1, 2021
3. All photos provided must be clearly identified. Photos may be used for any festival promotions.
4. Films which have been broadcast on Television, Cable or have had an international theatrical release prior to LIFF are NOT eligible for any competition but may be screened, out of competition.
5. Non-English language produced films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.
All entrants certify that they have been given full rights to use any and all music in their films.
6. Film Producers are responsible for insurance and shipment costs of films to LIFF.
The title of the work and name of entrant must be on all mailing containers, labels, can reels and film leaders.
7. Selected film entries will be notified by Feb 10, 2021. Jury Award and audience award winners will be announced at the Closing Night “It’s A Wrap” Party. An Awards Certificate will be awarded to the winners. Some Award categories may have co-sponsors providing prizes. One award or prize will be given to the individual designated on the official entry form.
8. Filmmakers or screenwriters accepted and are attending the festival are responsible for travel, lodging, and all other expenses.
9. Filmmakers or screenwriters accepted into LIFF will receive the following:
Two(2) festival passes per submitted film to see all the festival films FREE
Admittance for filmmakers to the “Opening Night Event” or the “It’s A Wrap Party”
10. Film prints and other film material will be handled with utmost care. However, neither the LIFF staff nor supporting theatre organisations staff can assume responsibility for damage or loss of the print and other film materials, en route or otherwise, during the course of the festival’s possession of the print.
11. All stated information, eligibility and submission guidelines, terms and conditions of entry, and entry information is subject to change by the London Independent Film Festival, without notice.

Overall Rating
  • Really enjoyed it. Very friendly bunch.
    Was a bit disappointing our film was not on the main large screen, but not all the showings sell out, so was for practical reasons.
    Was a bit confused when I arrived for the first night party as I did not know who anyone was, and there was no-one introducing people to each other, which would have helped a bit. Otherwise there were quite a few masterclasses, a big friendly bar (which helps) and lots of energetic activity at the cinema, which makes it a very vibrant event to be a part of, compared to many. And filmmakers turned up for each other films. Many thanks to Natasha for organising it.

    June 2019
  • Ian Fielding

    Very happy for Dead Unicorns to win best feature 2019 at this amazing festival. Great team, great venue and a wonderful atmosphere. I will be watching this space for years to come with excitement.

    May 2019
  • Emma Catalfamo

    What a fantastic, up & coming festival!

    I am so proud that our film “Kindling” premiered here, in the historic Genesis cinema (how cool is that??). Thank you to the festival organizers for seeing the value in our film, and giving us a chance.

    April 2019
  • Annette Westwood

    Incredible festival! Amazing films, talks, networking, venue and a truly fabulous team. True champions of indie filmmakers- Highly recommend!

    October 2018
  • Louise & Sherill Munro & Turner

    London Independent Film Festival was really great to be part of. As the festival is all in one location this was a superb festival for networking and meeting potential future collaborators. We saw some great independent films there and learned lots from other filmmakers both in Q&A's and in the bar after!

    June 2018