News & Schedule 2019


Tickets available on the Genesis Cinema website
Workshops/masterclasses/panels £5 each
Shorts blocks £8 each
Feature films £10 each
Weekend passes £50 each
Full festival passes £100 each
Networking in the bar outside other event times, and Opening and Closing Night parties FREE!
Opening Night Party 
Come and party and support indie film-making! There will be networking and talking about all things film!
Feature Film: Soundtrack To Sixteen, by the Shakespeare Sisters
A coming-of-age story set in London in the Noughties. Maisy is
self-conscious and constantly overanalyzing, mortified by her romantic
inexperience. Ben is happy being a nerd and thinking he’s better than
everyone else until his grades start plummeting. They meet on the
night bus and form a tumultuous friendship as exams loom.

Grading Masterclass hosted by Twickenham Studios
Masterclass about grading and the collaboration between the grader and the Director of Photography. With Jon Muschamp Director of Photography and Tom Cairns from Twickenham Studios.
Sound Masterclass hosted by RØDE Microphones
RØDE Microphones brand manager and YouTuber Alex Theakston will present ‘Professional Sound for Absolute Beginners’ – an total-beginners crash course in recording audio for film. Covering microphone types, proper microphone techniques and common mistakes, and how to use the most important audio processing tools to get your finished recordings sounding their absolute best.
Shorts Block 1
Kindling by Emma Catalfamo
Mr Punchbag. by Shirit Kedar, Frank Burke & Gavin O’ Brien.
Positive Action by Alasdair McWilliams
You’ve Got To Be Kitten Me by AJ Lamb
Shorts Block 2
The Beach House by Richard Naylor
A Boy A Man and A Kite by Adam Matalon
The Box by Christopher L. Cook
The Therapist by Ron Eyal
Feature Film: The Price For Silence (2018). Directed by Tony Germinario
After the death of her father, a troubled woman returns home to confrontthe family who paid for her silence.

Discussion with 2018 BAFTA-winning Casting Director Claire Bleasdale and Director Colin O’Toole
Q&A with Casting Director Claire Bleasdale and Director Colin O’Toole who made the BAFTA-winning short film Cowboy Dave. They will discuss the process of making the film and casting the lead character, and the way in which they brought the script to life through their collaboration.
Discussion on the Representation of LGBTQ on Screen hosted by Helen Oakleigh
Helen is an actor and writer who has worked on countless shows over the years but more recently have finally included many more which include Queer representation including “Different For Girls” and “As We Are”. She has also performed live at a large number of queer venues with both cabaret and spoken word. 
Shorts Block 3
The Last by Samuel Turner & Andrew Dobson
Child by Ben Kent
An Affable Devil by Alexander Newman & Richard Newman
Delicacy by Michael Middleton-Downer
This Little Death by Alex Hardy
Shorts Block 4
The Date by Emmalie El Fadli
Cake by Anne Hu
Tomato & Eggs by Nicole Tay
Girl Talk by Erica Rose
Care by April Wilson
Feature Film: Poised (2018). Directed by Robert Cairns
In a complex tale of interweaving relationships, a Greek immigrant in London explores the meaning of what it is to love and heal. 
Poised follows the story of Aris, a gay Occupational Therapist who carries the weight of a previous relationship gone wrong. Yet, a chance encounter with Richard seems to allow him the chance to love again. As Aris’ relationship with Richard deepens, so too does his friendship with Anna, a patient in his care who suffers from a rare neurological syndrome that leaves her paralysed. 
Anna recovers the use of her limbs, but finds that she has come to rely on Aris for much more than just his support. In fact, her discovery that her husband has been unfaithful during her illness triggers the realisation that her feelings for Aris are romantic. The ties that bind emotion and propriety begin to unravel, and the tangled net that is woven will hold a secret that will catch them all. 

Masterclass on writing a successful festival strategy hosted by Festival Formula
Ian and Katie will talk about festivals in general, strategy, budget and submission materials 
Discussion on the respesentation of women on screen
Helen is passionate about equal representation of all genders on screen. She has worked on hundreds of shows on screen, stage and radio and also works as a spoken word artist with a book of poetry called Equality. 
Shorts Block 5
Thanks for the Memories by Louis Norton Selzer
Unclasped by Aella Jordan-Edge
Olympians by Meghan Sunder & Amit Gupta
Cashpoint by Monique Needham
Mens Sana by Ludovica Musumeci
Shorts Block 6
The Bomb by Martin Richards
The Critic by Stella Velon
Ghost Dance by Emilia Izquierdo
A Portrait of the Artist Angus Fairhurst by Saam Farahmand
Risk by Luke Bradford
Feature Film: Pluck (2018). Directed by Lloyd Ross
A film not really about the chicken. Pluck is a documentary using a chronology of the best of Nando’s edgy marketing campaigns to tell a whimsical, alternative socio-political history of South Africa.

Pitch Panel
An opportunity for selected film-makers to pitch projects to the professionals. You don’t have to pitch, but if you would like to, you will need to submit a one-page proposal to us including a synopsis, genre, biographies, project status, cast, format, etc. Email will be updated soon!
Shorts Block 7
Clarity and Chaos by Vittoria Rizzardi Penalosa
3 Sleeps by Christopher Holt
Edward by Jerome Bell
Secret Times by Montanah Blue
There Are No Dividends by Joe Haughey
Shorts Block 8
Samira by Lainey Richardson
The Millennial Disruption by Somi Arian
One by Luke Bradford
Only the Lonely by Clare Holman
Held For A Moment by Edward Japp
Feature film: Frontera (2018). Directed by Jake Thomas Armbruster
After their father (public figure and arms dealer to the cartel) passes away, two brothers on the opposite sides of the law are forced to reunite. One struggles to keep his fathers secrets as he runs on a political campaign, the other is forced into his old business.

Challenge Trinity hosted by Directors UK in collaboration with ARRI
In November last year, four Directors UK members were chosen to shoot a movie in one day, in one uninterrupted shot. In partnership with ARRI, they were each equipped with a TRINITY, holding an ALEXA LF or ALEXA Mini with Signature Prime lenses, and teamed up with experienced, top-notch TRINITY operators. The selected winners and their films were: Diego Barraza  – The Letter , Daphne Schmon + Emily Carlton – Exit To Stage, Martin Gooch – A Midwinter Night’s Dream & Luke Bradford – One.
Join us for a screening of all four shorts, and hear from the directors themselves as they discuss their challenge experience.  
Feature Film: Dead Unicorns (2019). Directed by Ian Fielding.
When Amy, a struggling artist, hears of the disappearance of her
beloved mentor, she is determined to discover her whereabouts. As she
penetrates the lives of her peers, delving deep into the murky
underbelly of the contemporary art world, she finds herself caught in
a web of deceit, corruption and murder, where all signs point to a
dark secret from her own past.
Awards Ceremony and Closing Night Party
Come and celebrate indie film with an awards ceremony for this year’s winners, prizes donated by our sponsors, and lots of meeting the film-makers and networking opportunities! 

All tickets:

This year’s LIFF will run at Genesis Cinema 5th-14th April!

Q&A by 2018 BAFTA winners Casting Director Claire Bleasdale and Director Colin O’Toole !

Claire started work as a Casting Assistant on the teams for BBC drama The Village, the Feature Film X&Y and at Lime Pictures on various productions. Then going on to work with a number of Casting Directors and United Agents in London.

Claire’s first credit as Casting Director was the short film Break, by Nick Moss – Starring John Hurt which won Best Short at Manchester Film Festival 2015. Other films include Lambing Season for Creative England ishorts and Cowboy Dave which won Best Short film at BAFTAS 2018. Most recently working on BFI Funded Short Film Paper Canoe by Matthew Dunster and with Mark Leckey on commission for Tate Britain.

Theatre Credits include – ‘Party Skills for the End of the World’ for Manchester International Festival 2017, Newspaper Boy for Queer Contact 2018. Most recently Mariage Blanc that was staged at The Asylum Chapel – Peckham, London.

Claire also works in a number of Drama and Film Schools across the country. In the role of Industry Advisor. Giving the new Acting and Film talent a clear insight of how Casting works within the industry.

Latest Pitch Panel industry guest

Eric Blakeney

Blakeney made his directorial debut in the 2000 comedy Gun Shy starring Liam Neeson, Oliver Platt and Sandra Bullock. Blakeney also served as executive producer/writer for TV movie Generation X (starring Matt Frewer and Finola Hughes), the Marvel Comics classic about a group of mutant teenagers blessed with superhuman powers.

Blakeney has mentored multiple TV show-runners such as Michelle Ashford (Masters of Sex), Zack Estrin (The Whispers), James Wong and Glen Morgan (The X-Files).

He currently lives in Europe where he co-authors the metaphysical book series, “The Books Of Essence,” and in London is co-founder/CEO of The People’s Republic Of Movies, an online film cooperative.

First Pitch Panel industry guest

LIFF 2019 will provide selected film-makers with an opportunity to pitch their projects to industry professionals. Our first confirmed panel guest is JULIE BAINES producer extraordinaire from Dan Films.



Julie Baines has had an extensive career in the film industry and is recognized as a leading figure in both British and multi-party co-productions. She founded the independent production company Dan Films in 1994 and has since developed and produced a diverse range of productions with both new and veteran directors including Nicolas Roeg, Peter Bogdanovich and Deepa Mehta. At the end of 2014, Julie won the prestigious Argonon Women in Film and Television Contribution to the Medium Award.

Having started out in production, she has the rare ability to cross all the disciplines that producing entails, from development to finance and production, and is passionate about spotting and nurturing new talent. Julie’s first feature as Producer, Butterfly Kiss, was directed by Michael Winterbottom and written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and was the catalyst for both their very successful careers in the film industry. She launched the talented writer/director Christopher Smith with the film Creep and has continued to collaborate with him over several years. Their most recent venture, Detour, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. A highly original US set thriller, it stars three of the most exciting young actors in the film industry at the moment – Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One), Bel Powley (Diary of a Teenage Girl) and Emory Cohen (Brooklyn). She is currently in post-production on the family adventure Four Kids and It,adapted from the novel by Jacqueline Wilson, starring Michael Caine, Russell Brand, Paula Patton and Matthew Goode.

Julie’s development slate at Dan Films includes a diverse range of genres and budget levels, from the international sci-fi Flame to the comedy for the grey and pink pound Single Rose. She has also been an Executive Producer on a number of films, including Anthony Haden-West’s challenging feature documentary Forgive Us, which explores the global trend in religious fundamentalism after 9/11.

Committed to training, she regularly mentors emerging directors and producers and guest lectures on film courses in the UK, in particular at the National Film and Television School.  She is also a Trustee of the arts charity Chisenhale Art Place.

Exciting prizes!

For award-winners of LIFF 2019, we have the following prizes:

RODE will be donating microphone packages.

TWICKENHAM STUDIOS will be donating free grading for a 10-minute short film.

KODAK will be giving free film stock and processing

LIFF 2019 is going to be awesome – submit your film now!!


Industry Guests!

LIFF has confirmed a number of guests for 2019. These will include Philip Ilson (Director of the London Short Film Festival), Steve Davey (Head of Acquisitions at 101 Films), Vicki Brown (Senior Sales Manager at Altitude Films) and more!

Closing Night 2018: