We are a Short Film Festival based in the heart of Soho in Londons West End.

The SohoLIFF has live screenings , panels and workshops over 4 days with the finale prize giving award ceremony on the Sunday evening . This is a red carpet event, a chance to glam up and celebrate your films!

The panels we hold are with industry experts alongside masterclasses that are free to our filmmakers. We also promote our filmmakers with interviews in our tv studio, social media and with our press partners.

We welcome all genres and have a particular interest in films with a social and environmental message, films that matter. We love Films that could make a difference, that give a voice to those who have been marginalised. We just love great films as long as they are engaging we want to see them, from the dark and gritty to the eccentric and flamboyant!!

Alongside the live event we also stream the festival via the video on demand platform Cinenso giving ticketed access to a global audience.

Throughout the year we have our series the SohoLIFF spotlights which is where we provide advice and insights for filmmakers from our industry professionals, everything from finance to distribution.

Best Film
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Music Score
Children's Award
Best of Genre
Best Drama
Best Thriller
Best Comedy
Best Sci-fi
Best Horror
Best Experimental
Best Fantasy
Best Animation
Best Student Film
Best Student Documentary
Best Music Video
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
First time film maker
Best Film Audience Award
Best Film Environmental Issues Award
Best Film Social Issues Award

1. All film submissions should be made digitally, not via DVD’s in the post. If you are unable/unwilling to use digital submission, please contact us and we’ll work something out.
2. If selected to be showcased during the event, all screening copies must be received by October 1st, 2020
3. All photos provided must be clearly identified. Photos may be used for any festival promotions.
4. Films which have been broadcast on Television, Cable or have had an international theatrical release prior to The SohoLIFF are NOT eligible for any competition but may be screened, out of competition.
5. Non-English language produced films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.
All entrants certify that they have been given full rights to use any and all music in their films.
6. Film Producers are responsible for insurance and shipment costs of films to SohoLIFF.
The title of the work and name of entrant must be on all mailing containers, labels, can reels and film leaders.
7. Filmmakers or screenwriters accepted and are attending the festival are responsible for travel, lodging, and all other expenses.
8. Filmmakers or screenwriters accepted into SohoLIFF will receive the following:
Two(2) festival passes per submitted film to see all the festival films FREE
Admittance for filmmakers to the events and workshops.
9. Film prints and other film material will be handled with utmost care. However, neither the SohoLIFF staff nor supporting staff can assume responsibility for damage or loss of the print and other film materials, en route or otherwise, during the course of the festival’s possession of the print.
10. All stated information, eligibility, awards and submission guidelines, terms and conditions of entry, and entry information is subject to change by the Soho London Independent Film Festival, without notice.
11. Promotion - for selected films ONLY SohoLIFF reserves the right to utilise film submissions selected, their promotional material and any associated content to promote the films and our festival on the SohoLIFF website, digital platforms and outlets, partner's platforms, printed materials, social media, and any form of advertising we choose to use for the festival. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of images and video that you provide.
12.• Sales Agents & Filmmakers: Please do not submit to SohoLIFF if you require a fee for screening at our festival. As an independent film Festival supporting Filmmakers & independent cinema, it is not in our budget. The SohoLIFF does not pay to screen your film. When you submit to our festival you are agreeing to this. If you behave in an unreasonable manner, for example demanding money to screen your film after it has been selected resulting in you pulling the film out of the competition The SohoLIFF has the right to ask for compensation in the way of any expenses incurred for the promotion and time spent advertising and promoting your film. We are here to support our filmmakers and will not be bullied or harassed. Our staff work very hard to ensure everyone has a wonderful time and anyone looking to damage this, the festival or any of our filmmakers will be banned from this Festival for life.

Overall Rating
  • Thomas Harman

    Excellent Festival which supports filmmakers really well run by Liz and festival founder Erik with Stephen and Julia. Atmosphere throughout the festival was fun networking with other filmmakers and actors from around the world.

    February 2022
  • SOHO London Independent is one of the BEST film festivals our team has been a part of!

    This young but mighty festivals has a crack team that really cares about the craft, the stories and the people behind them. The event was amazing from screening night through the awards ceremony! Stephen & Liz were amazing, and every communication with them was a treat.

    I personally can not wait to watch them grow, this is a special festival that has big things in store for the future.

    December 2021
  • Double Yellow Productions

    Such a wonderfully supportive festival to be a part of! The team is so friendly and brilliant at really championing the filmmakers involved. They've provided us with some great opportunities, helped showcased our film and provided excellent online webinars and Q&As that have been really helpful.

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    It was wonderful to work with you, thank you so much for your brilliant film! We are really glad that you found the panels and classes helpful and I am delighted that even though you couldn't be there for the live ones that you joined us virtually. We want to make sure that everyones gets as much support as possible cos you deserve it!! x**

  • Sonia Machado Hines

    Great festival that really cares about filmmakers. I felt taken care of. It’s in the heart of London’s West End - so the history for great entertainment is definitely there.

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Sonia! Really glad you felt that. That is exactly what we want to do, after all making a film is no mean feat and we want to make sure you are all honoured for the work you do!x**

  • Graeme Weston

    These guys so evidently believe in the power of film, care about your work and want you and your film to succeed. They put a tremendous effort into the festival, and it shows. We were made to feel welcome and valued. There's also practical help and advice on offer during and after the festival. Having our film, Going Flat, screened in Soho and online as part of Soho LIFF was an absolute honour, and Liz Farahadi's boundless enthusiasm and bonhomie, the icing on the cake. Well done, and thank you to all involved.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Graeme! I am over the moon to hear this. We do want to make sure that you have an amazing time here and that we provide support to make sure you keep making more films. Thank you so much for being a part of the soholiff, it was an honour to have you screen with us x**