The Liverpool Film Festival in partnership with Odeon, Liverpool One and Everyman Cinemas.

Home to the world’s most successful musicians, sports figures and artists, The Liverpool Film Festival will take place at Odeon Liverpool One and Everyman Liverpool for a four day weekend on the 22nd to the 25th October 2020.

LIVIFF will welcome the best filmmakers from around the world to showcase their work on stunning cinema screens that will provide the perfect platform to see the films how they are meant to be seen.

The fourth edition of LIVIFF is looking to find bold and inventive stories, to screen in a city of rich history and passion. With the ambition to match the city’s cool and artistic identity, LIVIFF is an international film festival with credibility and integrity and is a proud associate of both The Manchester film festival and Oxford Film Festival, making LIVIFF a must be at event within the indie filmmaking community in 2020

Filmmakers from all over the world arrived in 2019 to enthusiastic premieres of films and guest appearances, such as TOMMY EMMANUEL: THE ENDLESS ROAD, HOWARD’S WAY, Sundance’s MABATA BATA and LITTLE MONSTERS, and many more films featuring the likes of Ben Whishaw, Jeff Goldblum, Sir Patrick Stewart, Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gad, to name just a few.

In 2020 all will be invited once again to celebrate the official selection and indulge in world and UK premieres, after parties, filmmaker talks, and a closing awards that will reward excellence and originality by a high-profile jury of film industry professionals.

With UK Distribution representation and national press attendance at a passionate festival for great lasting stories, the Liverpool Film Festival 2020 will be one to enjoy and remember.

Neil Jeram-Croft, Operations Director for LIVIFF says: “Our expansion year on year is testament to the rapid growth the festival has made. It is so important to us to be able to present films on the big screen and bring filmmakers and audiences closer together"

All films in the official selection will compete for awards in the following categories with the prestigious Liver Bird's being awarded to the winners!

Best Feature
Best International Short
Best UK Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Student Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video
Best Animation
Best Uncommissioned Screenplay
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
The Best Film of the Festival

As well as awards we will be creating amazing prize packages with our sponsors.

LIVIFF is looking for independent feature-length and short films from around the world from any genre.

Our Standard Festival Participation Agreement (Terms and Conditions), which all submitted films are also expected to follow is as follows:


The 4th Liverpool Film Festival will take place from 22nd - 25th October 2020.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 5th November 2019
All submission deadlines are found within the FilmFreeway listing.
Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener.

3. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2018.
- Liverpool Film Festival requires at least a Liverpool premiere for all films.
- Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
- Films must not have received more than 50% of their funding from a studio or broadcaster.
- All films not in the English language are required to have subtitles.

4. Premiere Status
- Liverpool Film Festival requires at least a Liverpool premiere for all films and they may not have been screened publicly online. All films may have screened at other festivals but just not have screened in the Liverpool Region.
- There is no Premiere policy for Experimental Films and music videos, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.

5. Film Classification
All films screened during the Liverpool Film Festival receive an age rating that is decided by the Liverpool City Council.

6. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for Liverpool Film Festival are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.

7. Shipping
All shipping and postage costs, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all DCPs and additional materials sent to and returned from Liverpool Film Festival must be borne by the submitting party. Liverpool Film Festival will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Liverpool Film Festival will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid

8. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production

9. Notification
Liverpool Film Festival endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 1st of September 2019 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

10. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or video file (.mov or .mp4).in order to be screened at the Liverpool Film Festival. The film title MUST be clearly labelled on the hard drive.
A selected DCP or video file must be received at Liverpool Film Festival no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date.

11. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Liverpool Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Liverpool Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Liverpool Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

UPDATED 9th July 2020 - COVID-19 - Due to the unprecedented and ongoing problems presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We reserve the right to change the festival to a geo-blocked virtual online festival if it is not possible to host the event in a physical venue.


By submitting to the Liverpool Film Festival I confirm that I have read and accept the terms and regulations of LIVIFF. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorize the LIVIFF to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2020 festival (October 22nd - 25th 2020). I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the LIVIFF and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold LIVIFF harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. I assume all legal responsibilities therein. By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to LIVIFF the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2020 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2020 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify LIVIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

Overall Rating
  • Michele Noble

    The Festival is top notch and very worthwhile. The Festival directors and volunteers are very keen about film and the filmmakers so the screenings, panels and networking events are excellent. The Festival selection is well curated. The venues are the Everyman and Oden Cinema theaters which are fantastic. Thank you Neil, Carl and your whole Festival team of dynamic, passionate volunteers! Your Festival was truly special. Also, Liverpool is an awesome city full of great art, food, music and fun. Well worth the trip.

    November 2019
  • Damien Megherbi

    Wonderful festival in a great cinema and an team that you love at the end. Thanks :) I hope to com back

    November 2019
  • Jaime Lewis

    Had a wonderful experience at LIVIFF this year! Neil and his team couldn't have been more supportive and welcoming, the calibre of films selected were strong, innovative and engaging and the festival hub at the Everyman was awesome! It was both a pleasure and a privilege to have been invited and I hope to return again in years to come.

    November 2019
  • LIVIFF is a great film festival. They're passionate about independent cinema and bringing likeminded filmmakers together and it shows.

    November 2019
  • Amanda Brennan

    Great festival. Lots of interesting people who all share the same passion for filmmaking. Brilliant networking. Loved watching other people's work which was so varied and inspiring.

    November 2019