LIFF is committed to the independent filmmaker. We give special attention to the screening of films by first and second time directors, films shot with budgets under £100,000 ($150,000 US) and quality films that - for whatever reason - are unlikely to receive distribution through other channels.

Now in our 16th year, and with space for over 100 indie films over two weeks every April on the South Bank of the Thames, LIFF is Europe's leading film festival dedicated to low and no-budget filmmaking.


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 20th, 2019
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 March 13, 2019. 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
  • 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
  • Ben Cheung

    Absolutely fantastic! Not only the networking event helps out with networking, its workshop event have also helped finding resources and taught the methods of pitching ideas to those resources!

    May 2018
  • Devi Snively

    I'm heartbroken I couldn't attend afford to make the trip out this year but had one of the most magical, wonderful festival experiences with LIFF several years back -- great venues, great, people, great films, great parties, great location. I'm still in touch with friends I made here years ago. Their communication continues to be stellar, and I've no doubt the fest has only continued to grow. By all means enter and attend if you can.

    April 2018
  • Darragh Mortell

    The London Independent Film Festival always manages to screen a diverse collection of fantastic films giving low budget and no budget filmmakers a platform they otherwise may not have had. Long live LIFF

    April 2017