The Liverpool Independent Film Festival in partnership with Picturehouse at FACT.

‘The New York of Europe’ is ready to welcome the best filmmakers in the world to sail in and drop anchor at the most famous city port on the planet and showcase their new and exciting independent films at the festival’s second edition.

Home to the world’s most successful musicians, sports figures and artists, The Liverpool Film Festival will take place in and around its city centre cinemas over a three day weekend from the 12th to the 14th of October 2018.

Sister festival to the highly successful MANIFF and OXIFF, LIVIFF 2018 will 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 determined to make its international film festival one that will be regarded as a must be at event on the film festival circuit for many years to come.

The international filmmaking community all arrived in 2017 to enthusiastic and packed out premieres of films and guest appearances such as THE MINISTER starring Fortunato Cerlino (Gomorrah), German documentary hit YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE and U.S feature THE KEEPERS OF MAGIC featuring Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now). In 2018 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 Independent Film Festival 2018 will be one to enjoy and remember.

Neil Jeram-Croft, Operations Director for LIVIFF says: “It was great to see the turn out from audiences for the inaugural festival and the feedback has been amazing. Liverpool is such a vibrant and cultural city and this festival is only going to grow. Hosting the festival at the Picturehouse FACT was a perfect fit for us and they really helped to promote the festival and look after the visiting filmmakers. We are already planning on how to make the festival bigger and better for 2018, watch this space!”

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
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 2nd Liverpool Independent Film Festival will take place from 12th to 14th October 2018.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 15th November 2018.
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 2016.
- Liverpool Independent 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 Independent 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 Independent Film Festival receive an age rating that is decided by the Liverpool City Council.

6. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for Liverpool Independent 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 Independent Film Festival must be borne by the submitting party. Liverpool Independent Film Festival will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Liverpool Independent 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 Independent Film Festival endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 1st of September 2018 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 Independent Film Festival. The film title MUST be clearly labelled on the hard drive.
A selected DCP or video file must be received at Liverpool Independent 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 Independent Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Liverpool Independent Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Liverpool Independent 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.


By submitting to the Liverpool Independent 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 2018 festival (October 12th - 14th 2018). 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 2018 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2018 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify LIVIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

Overall Rating
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    James Carroll

    This was an amazing experience and a great festival. It was an honor to be selected and to be associated with them.

    November 2017
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    Marina Tolstobrova

    We are very proud to be a part of this festival. We have got all information in time and communication was very pleasant.

    November 2017
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    Cyrus Neshvad

    Great thanks to all the organizers involved in this event. Not only I had a good time out there, but also I discovered hight quality movies.

    November 2017