The venue for the inaugural Liverpool Independent Film Festival is now confirmed as the iconic Picturehouse at FACT. This independent cinema is the perfect place to showcase the best up and coming filmmaking talent from around the world!

‘The New York of Europe’ is ready to welcome the best filmmakers from anywhere 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.

Home to the world’s most successful musicians, sports figures and artists, the very first Liverpool Independent film Festival will take place in and around its city centre cinemas over a three day weekend from the 10th to the 12th of November 2017.

Sister festival to the highly successful MANIFF and OXIFF, LIVIFF 2017 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 will all be invited to celebrate the inaugural 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 2017 will be the first of many to enjoy and remember.

Awards & Prizes

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 International Feature
Best International Short
Best UK Feature
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.

Rules & Terms

Terms of Submission

We only accept online screeners, no DVD or BluRay's will be accepted and will be disposed off if received.



All films must have been completed after the 1st of January 2015 and not received more than 50% of their funding from a studio or broadcaster.
All films not in the English language are required to have subtitles. These must either be hard coded or supplied as a subtitle file one month prior to the festival.
While we do not require premiere status for films to be eligible for the festival, special consideration will be given to films that are at least a UK Premiere.


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 2017 festival (10th to the 12th of November 2017). 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 2017 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2017 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify LIVIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.