The Lebanese Independent Film Festival (LIFF) is an independent festival born in Lebanon, the land of diversity. It emerges from the Mediterranean region and aims to reach a global audience.

The vision of the LIFF is to establish Lebanon as a center for local and international filmmakers to share global perspectives as well as independent thoughts to a large audience through film.
The mission of the LIFF is to promote independent film culture and encourage its development. 

It is a platform to support and display the work of artists and filmmakers; a networking event that will bring together international and local professionals along with festivalgoers in a beautiful setting. 

Its goal is to enhance cultural growth. With independent films and panels on various topics addressed to a diverse audience, the festival will ensure the promotion of diversity and present an alternative healing tool for the Lebanese society. 

It also aims to attract a broader audience and make the festival accessible to those interested in movies but that may live in farther regions.

LIFF will be the first to plan the screening of the same movie in three different regions simultaneously.

The LIFF Lebanese Independent Film Festival is in partnership with A Night Of Misfit Films Film Festival Arizona-USA, CIFF The Canadian Independent Film Festival and the Fantasy Film Festival Paris-France.

Best Feature Films:

-Fiction Local
-Fiction Foreign
-Documentary Local
-Documentary Foreign

Best Medium Length Films:

-Fiction Foreign
-Documentary Foreign

Best Short Films:

-Fiction Local
-Fiction Foreign
-Documentary Local
-Documentary Foreign

Best Arab Film:
-Best Arab Short Fiction
-Best Arab Feature Fiction

-Mediterranean Special Award
-Diversity Special Award
-Best Web-Doc
-Best Web-Fiction
-Audience Award

- Photography Contest

I have read, understood and complied with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered and to the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.

a- This film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.

b- I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival and its Competition and understand that the Festival holds the right to screen my film for Festival screening and promotional purposes and to extract clips from this film for promotional purposes. I understand this may include online streaming of clips on Festival or Festival sponsor sites.

c. In the event the designated party is unable to attend the awards ceremony, I understand that the director and/or producer of the film as listed in the credits of the film shall accept any and all awards in their stead.

d. If selected as a participant in the Festival, television ready media clips of the film must be provided by the date provided on notice of selection if requested.

e. If selected as a participant I will deliver the film in format requested by deadline set at time of acceptance.

f. This film will not be available online publicly until the completion.

g. Kindly, have prepared in advance a vimeo link, posters and screenshots from your movie.

h. Stay respectful to yourself, your movie and to the team! The team is required to disqualify the filmmakers from the competition when disrespect is shown.

i. Selected filmmakers who don't accept the download request will be as well disqualified from the competition.

j. The Film Festival will ask for download request permission of your movie if it is a finalist before switching the status to "Selected". This stage will happen the last month prior to the event.

Overall Rating
  • Salim Laham

    Excellent Staff & Excellent Film Festival! It was an honor to have my first premiere for my short Film "Joy" at this film festival .The Co-Directors of this film festival have so much love for film , that you feel very special& comfortable with being able to spread your message to their audience! This festival is a definite must see for anyone in or out of Lebanon , they deserve every bit of recognition for their hard work! Cheers to the Liff Family & their contribution to my Short Film "JOY".

    January 2023
  • An incredible festival! If you want your film seen and to meet passionate and talented creators this is the festival for you! I will be back :)

    January 2023
  • Great festival - Wonderful Programming and support of independent film makers. I hope to make it to Lebanon some day , I'm sure they had great hospitality and networking opportunities.

    September 2022
  • lara harb

    LIFF was incredible to work with! They were very attentive and interested in my film 'The Shadow Pandemic'. Thank you for all you do LIFF!

    September 2022
  • Joseph Polito

    A wonderful experience to be part of this Festival!!

    September 2022