Welcome to LIFF!
The London Independent Film Festival (LIFF) is the premier event for first and second-time film-makers, micro-budget and no-budget films in the UK. LIFF offers a fantastic opportunity for indie filmmakers to showcase their achievements, with spaces reserved for first and second time filmmakers and for films that have been overlooked by other events.
LIFF presents the best of low-budget filmmaking from around the world, and mixes it up with relevant industry discussions and targeted social networking events. LIFF’s audience is London’s sizeable independent filmmaking community. It’s an indie film festival for indie filmmakers.
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Festival Selection and Programme
All films are available for the whole festival period 9-18 April 2021. All feature film tickets are accompanied by Q&As with the directors and/or talent involved.
Check out this filmmaking masterclass with LIFF 2021 special guest Howard J Ford who shares his life, career and top tips for filmmakers!
A panel full of tips and tricks for filmmakers to maximise their PR & Marketing strategies! On the panel are Cindy Maram from Dig IN Magazine http://www.diginmag.com who is our official U.S. Press Partner, and Rebekah Louisa Smith who runs The Film Festival Doctor https://www.thefilmfestivaldoctor.com. The panel is hosted by Natasha Marburger, director of LIFF. More information on the festival can be found at www.liff.org
We are thrilled to invite you to @diginmag’s @londoniff Instagram Live Series this week hosted by #DigINMag.com Founder/Editor-in-Chief @cinmaram taking place at 11:30AM PST / 2:30PM EST / 7:30PM GMT from tomorrow, Tuesday (4/13)-Thursday (4/15), as well as Saturday (4/17). This week we welcome: Tuesday (4/13): “Midway LIFF Festival Update” with Director @natashamarburger Wednesday (4/14): Director Aaron Truss of ‘(K)nox: The Rob Knox Story’ (@robknoxfilm) Thursday (4/15): Director Ruben Pla of ‘The Horror Crowd’ (@thehorrorcrowd) Saturday (4/17): Dr. Rebekah Louisa Smith (@rebekahfilmdr) and ‘Losing Grace’ (@losing_grace_film) filmmakers Athena Mandis (@athena_mandis) & Liz Farahadi (lizfarahadi) Please join us on IGLive to discover what we’ve been up to so far during the festival, what’s still to come, as well as learn more about some of our favorite films featured.
Come and join us at 7.30pm UK time to catch the award-winners. Grab a drink and mingle with fellow festival-goers and filmmakers alike.
The Zoom link is as follows:
Topic: LIFF 2021 Closing Night Awards Ceremony
Time: Apr 18, 2021 07:30 PM London
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Meeting ID: 863 8331 5235
'Give Them Wings' is based on the true story of severely disabled football fan Paul Hodgson.
'Give Them Wings' is Paul’s incredible journey to acceptance. The film is set in 1989 when Paul and takes us through a journey of heartbreak, suffering, discrimination, love, struggle and finally his father accepting him for who he is.
A British tourist is stuck in Granada, Spain with a broken heart. Feeling lost and abandoned, he befriends a group of young foreigners and crashes into the heart of the international student scene. He pushes himself out of his comfort-zone and tries to restart his life but behind every corner is a reminder of his ex-girlfriend and his struggle to find closure. A love letter to Granada that mixes documentary with fiction to create a real and authentic heartfelt examination on the process of self-discovery.
A documentary film offering a fun-filled and poignant journey that is sure to put a smile on your face.
Guinea Pig Diaries shows us firsthand the special bond between humans and their pet guinea pigs, revealing stories much more compelling than we could have ever imagined. Our relationship with this small furry animal has been part of the “domesticated pet” culture for centuries. But it is through this unique film that audiences get a rare and unfiltered look into the lives of this often misunderstood rodent and the interesting people who adore them, breed them, show them, and rescue them. Through each of these personal stories we reveal that it is in fact the guinea pigs who often liberate and heal the souls of the very people who believed their purpose was to care for these small and wondrous creatures.
(Huntington Beach, CA)—After 30 years of living openly gay in Santa Ana, California, Archer Altstaetter, a dance teacher and handyman, returns to his small hometown of Botkins, Ohio (population 1,164), where he has been invited to be a featured performer in the annual “Miss Carousel” pageant. HOMETOWN PROUD follows Archer as he resolves to enhance Botkins’ annual summer festival with a dash of rainbow pride.
18-year-old Rob is out celebrating his big break in Harry Potter when he learns that his little brother has been threatened at knife point. He and his friends rush to disarm the man but during the struggle, Rob is stabbed several times and is killed. Now his family must try to navigate their grief and anger while under the ever-watchful eye of the invasive British media machine. Meanwhile, more young people than ever are losing their lives on the streets. Something has to be done.
Marcus has a checkered past and an unstable present. As he struggles mightily with mental illness, unexpected news brings a new opportunity for him to right old wrongs and make amends. He leaves his life behind and sets off on an adventure to find purpose, forgiveness, and redemption. But Marcus will have to face the consequences of his past life and overcome the greatest obstacle of all in order to find happiness: Himself.
The Clearing follows the story of a journalist studying the effects of a storm that has been continuing to swell over Appalachia for 5 months with no sign of stopping.
While she and her colleague are on route to continue ongoing interviews with survivors about strange psychological behavior following the storm, she inexplicably wakes up alone in an empty jeep, parked in a clearing, surrounded only by Appalachian wilderness. After realizing the car will not start, she makes the bold decision to find her way back to civilization on foot, despite being lost.
While on foot, vivid recurring thoughts and visions of personal childhood trauma begin to manifest around her, as she draws perplexing similarities between her past and the testimonials she has been collecting. Growing increasingly obsessed with the introspective connections she shares with the interviewees’ stories, she finds herself unable to leave the woods, instead mysteriously returning to the clearing.
To overcome the fear of losing his ill and aging grandfather, a forensic photographer needs to uncover the truth behind the alleged suicide of an elderly man.
Fear…the most primal of human emotions.
What made the creators of these films dream up the nightmares that kept us up at night? Were they as strange and twisted as their creations?
And what about today’s creators of horror? Who are the minds behind the macabre of present day?
A revealing, intimate documentary from veteran actor insider Ruben Pla, THE HORROR CROWD spotlights the Hollywood horror community, covering such wide-ranging topics as Women In Horror, Race Relations, Being The Weird Kid, Sparking The Imagination, Helping Each Other, Film Festivals, and The Dark Side.
Prolific, inspirational actor and “little guy” Mike Edmonds is joined in this extended version of a much loved short by Michael Palin, Colin Firth, Terry Gilliam, Danny John Jules, Star Wars producer Robert Watts, costume designer Vin Burnham, crime author Mark Billingham, and a host of other actors, producers, directors and other industry professionals.
No ordinary film biopic, Under the Radar follows Mike from his mischievous Essex childhood through a 40-year acting career, encompassing scene-stealing roles in Time Bandits, Return of the Jedi, Maid Marion and Her Merry Men and a host of other blockbusters, stage plays and TV series.
A natural talent and a consummate professional who’s willing to sacrifice comfort (and occasionally safety) for the sake of a role, Mike has turned disability (achondroplasia/dwarfism), with all its challenges, into ability. He’s also the glue that held a hundred casts together.
Told in Mike’s own words, and with a memorable selection of clips, photos and stylised animation it’s both fascinating and heart-warming. A joyful cinematic journey.
- Bucky by Danny John-Jules
- Mayflower by Mac Pettit
- Disappearing Pathways by Michael Covello & Elizabeth Schneider
- Absence-Présence by Antonino Chiaramonte
- Cyber Dream by Yanush Ahy
- A Godless Country by Jesse Richardson
- Losing Grace by Athena Mandis
- Soundman by Debi Bradshaw
- The Joy of Growing Pineapples by Simon Hutchins
- Benchmarks by William Grave
- The Social Doctor by Matteo Valentini
- Reflections of Entanglement by Alice Karveli
- The Red Pen by Raffaele Gabrielli
- The Horsemen by Lucas Pelizaro
- Pest by Martin Taylor
- Becoming Everything by Dan Lowënstein
- 40 Seconds by Anaïsa Visser
- Somos by García JC
- The New Normal by Vince Buda
- Bàba by Stephanie Wong
- Twenty Marks by Savas Alpaltun
- Kalimera by Yiannis Alexiou
- A Fairy Tale by Angeliqa Devi
- Daddy's Note by Gavin Irvine
- Shadow Boxer by Souvid Datta & Melanie Cura Daball
- From A to Q by Emmalie El fadli
- Home by Robert Pugh
- The Downpour by Jade Courtney Edwards
- Ryderz by Aaron Wheeler
- Never Over - Harry Keyworth by Scott Chalmers
- H O P E ? by Julia-Maria Arnolds
- You Can't Stop Spirit by Vashni Korin
- Dinner with Dex by Olivia Cheng
- Stubborn Love by Jason Rego
- Isolated by Calypso Cragg
- Dangling Man by Dino Kazamia
- Screw the Pooch by Amy Brandis
- The Pink Butterfly by John-Paul Conway
- When The West is Done With You by Phillip James Rousse
- Skin & Scales by Darcy Wallace
- Outside The Glasshouse by Paul Brooking
- The Plan by Oliver McGuirk
- The United Guys Network by Tabatha Golat
- Death of a Submarine Captain by Daniel Cawthorne
- Little Boxes by Julia Henderson
- Yendor - The Journey of a Junior Adventurer by Rodney Matthews & Sarah Matthews
- Remembrance by Shane Joseph Willis
- Koreatown Ghost Story by Minsun Park & Teddy Tenenbaum
- The Bounty Killers by Mark Simmons
- Sang Jaune (Yellow Blood) by Julie Roy
- Sawa by Harinarayan Rajeev
Submissions for 2022 now open!
Preview format must be digital online screener. Submit either through a festival submission platform’s internal screener (like Film Freeway) or via a hosting site like Vimeo. If you are unable/unwilling to use digital submission, please contact us and we’ll work something out.
If you are submitting more than one entry, a separate submission is required for each film, although they may be mailed together.
Fees for feature films are £65 early, £70 regular, £75 late.
Fees for short films are £40 early, £45 regular, £50 late.
Music videos and short shorts: £25 early, £30 regular, £35 late.
Fees for feature scripts are £40 early, £45 regular, £50 late.
Fees for short scripts are £25 early, £30 regular, £35 late.
Please send any related press materials, including electronic press kit, and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
The London Independent Film Festival is open to UK as well as international films in one of the following categories:
Best Low-budget Feature (over £100k)
Best Micro-budget Feature (under £100k)
Best No-Budget Feature (under £10k)
Best UK Feature
Best Sci-Fi / Horror Feature
Best Female Director Feature
Best LGBT film
Best Short Film
Best UK Short
Best Short Documentary
Best Animated Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Short Short
Best Horror / Sci-Fi Short
Best Music Video
(b) Screenplay Award categories:
Best Feature Screenplay
Best Sci-Fi / Horror Screenplay
Best UK Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay
Best Screenplay Pitch
All stated information, eligibility and submission guidelines, terms and conditions of entry, and entry information is subject to change by the London Independent Film Festival, without notice.
Audience Award for Best Feature – Guinea Pig Diaries by Suzanne Mitchell & OIympia Stone
Best Sci-Fi Feature – The Clearing by Stephanie Trainer
Best Micro-budget Feature – Under The Radar By Simon J Frith
Best LGBT Feature – Hometown Proud by Naida Osline & Tyler Stallings
Best Horror Feature – The Horror Crowd by Ruben Pla
Best Low-budget Feature – The Runner by Michelle Danner
Best Feature Documentary – (K)nox by Aaron Truss
Best UK Feature – Give Them Wings by Sean Cronin
Best Short Film: Jury Award – From A to Q by Emmalie El fadli
Best Short Film: Audience Award – Losing Grace by Athena Mandis
Best UK Short – Becoming Everything by Dan Lowënstein
Best Short Documentary – You Can’t Stop Spirit by Vashni Korin
Best Animated Short – Yendor -The Journey of a Junior Adventurer by Rodney Matthews & Sarah Matthews
Best Experimental Short -Skin & Scales by Darcy Wallace
Best Short Short – Benchmarks by William Grave
Best Sci-fi/Horror Short – Koreatown Ghost Story by Minsun Park & Teddy Tenenbaum
Best Music Video – Absence-Présence by Antonino Chiaramonte
Best International Screenplay – Melina Mercouri: I Was Born Greek by Melina Chiaverini
Best UK Screenplay – Bardo by Richard Douglas
Best Horror/Sci-fi Screenplay – Zero Anima by Michael J. Krym
Best UK Short (chosen by Twickenham Studios) – The Snow Maze
Best UK Short (chosen by RODE Microphones) – Prospect
Best UK Short (chosen by Directors UK) – Brother
Best Short Film – The Cunning Man
Best Short Documentary – A Failure Of The Imagination
Best Animated Short – Pei’s Morocco Vlog
Best Experimental Short – StuK
Best Short Short – Next
Best Sci-fi/Horror Short – Bad Dreams
Best Music Video – Idles
Best Low-Budget Feature – Philophobia
Best UK Feature – Kat & The Band
Best Documentary – A Soul Journey
Best Sci-fi/Horror Feature – Reborn
Best Production Design – Palindrome
Best LGBT Feature – Your Eyes On Me
Best Female-Director Feature – L’age D’or/The Golden Age
Best Screenplay – 12 Days by Chari Eglinton
Best Horror/Sci-fi Screenplay – The Dog Star by Laura Matthews
The prizes are as follows and correspond to the chosen 3 winners above:
Best UK Short – Twickenham Studios – a day’s Baselight grade (projected or monitor) with a master file output
Best UK Short – RODE Microphones – RODE VideoMic NTG, WS11 Deadcat, VC1 Cable and a Micro Boompole Pro.
Best UK Short – Directors UK – prize TBC
Best Animated Short – Edward
Best Horror/Sci-fi Short – Child
Best Experimental Short – Ghost Dance
Best LGBTQ Short – Care (ClexaCon)
Best Short Short – Samira
Best Short Documentary – Secret Times
Best UK Short – Held For A Moment (chosen by Directors UK) – The Therapist (chosen by Twickenham Studios) – This Little Death (first choice by RODE) – The Beach House (second choice by RODE) – The Bomb (third choice by RODE).
Best Short – 3 Sleeps (chosen by Kodak)
Best Micro-budget Feature – Soundtrack To Sixteen
Best Low-budget Feature – The Price For Silence
Best International Feature – Frontera
Best Documentary – Pluck
Best LGBT Film – Poised
Best UK Feature – Dead Unicorns
Best Feature Screenplay: Mustache by Laura Murphy & Eileen Mathews
Best UK Screenplay: Cabbie by Kat Magrowitz
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Screenplay: Cove by Thomas O’Malley
Best Short Screenplay: Cut by Emily Hason
Best UK Short – 833
Best Short Documentary – Rebirth Is Necessary
Best Short Short – Mrs Maxwell
Best Short Comedy – The Overcoat
Best Short – Just Molly & Me
Best Horror Short – Bride Of Frankie
Best Music Video – Surrender With Strength
Best Animated Short – Via
Best Newcomer – Natacha Horn for Swing
Best Horror Feature – The Isle
Best UK Feature – Winter Ridge
Best Visuals – Richard Gorodecky for Little Shit
Best Micro-Budget Feature – Luba
Best Low-Budget Feature – Winter Ridge
Best Documentary – Children Of The Snow Land
Best Actor In An International Film – Elon Mulaj for The Albanian Recruit
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