From one of the UK's most vibrant and cultured city's, comes the third annual Liverpool International Documentary Film Festival.

We're excited to bring a programme of outstanding short docs that will feature UK premieres, award-winning films, and curated programmes. On top of all that, we're holding a script pitch competition for young writers, lively networking events, Q&A sessions, late night parties and live music.

Best British Documentary
Best International Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Animated Documentary
Best Student Documentary
Best Experimental Documentary
Best New Media Documemtary


-The First Edition of the Liverpool International Documentary Film Festival will be held from early December 2023 in the City of Liverpool, United Kingdom.


-Projects submitted to the festival for consideration may apply to just one category. Please select the category that best fits your project. The festival reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project for any festival program or submission category. For more details (including deadlines) please review all guidelines for each specific category.


-Submissions are accepted exclusively via FilmFreeway.

-You may submit more than one project


If your film is selected for screening at the festival:
-If the film is in a foreign language it must have English subtitles.

For submission purposes:
-If your film may be in any language, however, if not in English, the film must have English subtitles.


-Upon completion of the festival selection process, the festival will attempt to contact the applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the applicant of the project's acceptance status. The festival disavows any responsibility and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the festival selection period.

-The festival is under no obligation to provide to the applicant or any other representative of the Project any comments or feedback regarding the submitted project, any information relating to the manner in which the project is, will be or was reviewed; any views that the festival or any reviewers of the project may hold concerning the project; any reasons why the project, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the festival’s review, consideration and/or selection process regarding the project specifically or submissions generally beyond the information set forth in these rules and regulations.

-Projects accepted by the festival will be placed in the program sections the film was submitted to.

-The film festival management will establish the schedule of the films submitted. The Festival also reserves the right to designate appropriate category/section for each project.


-The selecting committee will be national and local individuals recognised in the cinema and cultural world. The festival management will appoint the members of the official jury who will assign the official awards to the competing sections. Individuals who participated in the production or promotion of any of the competing films will not be eligible as jury members.

-The decisions of the Jury will be final.

-Furthermore, filmmakers are responsible for adhering to all guidelines and deadlines needed to ensure the highest quality exhibition of their film.


Liverpool International Documentary Film Festival DOES NOT pay any screening fees.
Liverpool International Documentary Film Festival DOES NOT pay any shipping fees.
Liverpool International Documentary Film Festival DOES NOT cover any travel expenses.
Liverpool International Documentary Film Festival DOES NOT cover any subtitling expenses.


-All information above shall supersede any other guidelines associated with the festival. The festival is entitled to make interpretations in any case not considered in these rules and regulations and may make exceptions whenever justified. The festival management will review unforeseen cases. Whenever a controversy arises from the interpretation of any of the articles in these rules and regulations, the ruling document shall be the original document in English.

-A submitted project implies full agreement with this document. Failing to comply with any of these articles may result in denying the participation of a project in the festival.

-Liverpool International Documentary Film Festival has the right to add, alter, change, or delete any portion of the guidelines at any time without notice.