Liverpool Film Festival is excited to welcome submissions for one of the fasting growing independent film festivals in the world, taking place November 2021.

As always LIVIFF is looking to find the most bold and inventive stories that the independent film community has to offer, to screen in the birthplace of the Beatles and a city of rich culturally creative 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.

LIVIFF2021 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.

After COVID-19 forced the 2020 event to movie to a fully virtual festival LIVIFF is excited to get back to normal in 2021. As it stands all films for the 2021 edition will be screened in a cinema with filmmakers being invited to attend and take part in post-screening Q&A’s, networking events and after parties. Of course, this may change given the current situation.

LIVIFF is a festival that takes pride in providing a platform for independent filmmakers to showcase their work to the public, fellow filmmakers, and industry professionals. LIVIFF looks to create a welcoming event that allows attending filmmakers the chance to get their art seen and their individual voices heard.

Adapting to the challenges faced by COVID-19 the festival's move to completely virtual did not hinder LIVIFF's goal of getting filmmakers voices heard. Films screened online to
LIVIFF's ever growing audience and although the festival was unable to host Q&A's LIVIFF was able to give filmmakers the chance discuss their work through ZOOM interviews, all of which are available to view on the festival website. That being said we can't wait to get back to our cinema partner venues of the Everyman and Odeon and return to the full swing of the true physical indie film fest experience in late 202, where our exciting new RAW MUSIC VIDEO INITIATIVE will be launched in and around this magnificent cities venues.

For a small taste of what to expect in 2021 please take a look at the photos and videos from previous festivals on the LIVIFF website where specially invited guests have included Otmara Marrero, Edi Gathegi, Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Graham, Oscar Isaac and many more.

In 2021 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 2021 will be one to enjoy and remember.


This year, The Liverpool Film Festival is looking for raw music talent for a new exciting project… Felix Gary Gray and Jay Z, Spike Jonze and The Beastie Boys, Matthew Rolsten and Beyonce', Thom Zimny and Bruce Springsteen…There are so many examples of top musical artists who find their creative soul mates in music video directors and eventually build up a professional relationship through their enormous relative successes, but why not have that relationship form at the beginning of a music artist’s career for a lasting understanding of what the artist and their music stand for on both an audio visual and overall artistic level. That’s what we are looking to achieve through LIVIFF’s RAW MUSIC VIDEO INITIATIVE, where we will search the globe for the best raw talent in music, whether it be a soloist or band from any musical genre, and then team them with the best indie music video directors that the world has to offer. Through open submissions via our FilmFreeway platform our panel of programmers will put forward a selection of artists to perform, all expenses covered, at a famous Liverpool music venue in November, where a select group of award-winning music video directors will be present, to choose which artist, they would like to work with in producing the artist’s music video of their performed single. From there, with the help of LIVIFF’s co production grant, the director will then shoot and produce the video in the music Mecca of Liverpool and deliver, not only the very best audio and visual content for the artists to showcase their talents to record label execs and modern-day exposure opportunities alike, but also to strike a lasting and passionate artistic partnership that will enrich both the director’s and artist’s careers for years to come.

For more information please visit our festival home page

... So, if you think that you are that music artist or artists and or know someone who has the raw talent to acquire this unique opportunity then submit your home-made to camera video footage of your performance via the new Raw Music Category on the right hand drop tab on this FilmFreeway festival page.

* Please note the admin fee of $20.00/Euro17.00/£15.00 is to cover programming and platform costs and there will be no increase in this charge at any of the festival’s submission fee deadlines. The selected artists will receive free travel costs to perform at the festival in Liverpool and a fully produced music video funded by the LIVIFF Raw Music Video Grant, of which the copyright will be owned by the designated Music Video Director and the selected Artist. To submit you will need to set up a free of charge FilmFreeway Filmmaker account.

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 5th Liverpool Film Festival will take place from 11th - 14th Nov 2021.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 27th September 2020
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. 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.

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.

12 - 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 2021 festival (October 15th - 17th 2021). 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 2021 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2021 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify LIVIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

Overall Rating
  • Even though the festival had to switch to being virtual due to the pandemic, the festival organizers made every effort to create a wonderful festival experience. Great communication, very supportive, a great variety of films, very much looking forward to this festival in the future!

    January 2021
  • Great festival, Neil was a pleasure to work with

    November 2020
  • David Roberts

    We had 2 of our films in this years festival and although it was online due to covid it was still a great event.

    November 2020
  • Super proud our film 'The Brighton Kop' was selected for the Liverpool Film Festival. Any excuse to visit to the city is worth it! :)

    November 2020
  • It is such an honor to be selected as a best experimental this year! Many thanks to LIVIFF for screning our short! Such a grateful journey!

    November 2020