Celebrating independent cinema in the UK's most vibrant city!

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‘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. 

"Our festival is founded on integrity. We only programme films from open submissions."

Neil Jeram-Croftt | Founder


Submissions are now open for the Liverpool Independent Film Festival 2017. Please submit your entry through one of our approved submission partners.

Liverpool Independent Film Festival is a truly independent film festival, committed and dedicated to showcase the works of both new and established international and domestic filmmakers from the world of independent cinema. The organisation is proud of its honest and transparent roots and is committed to selecting films purely from open submissions.

The Liverpool Independent Film Festival 2017 categories are...



Run time of over 60 minutes
British Director or Writer or feature a mainly British cast or be set in the UK.


Run time of between 1 and 59 minutes.


Run time of over 60 minutes.


Any run time is accepted, short or feature. 
Must have been completed while attending a recognised film school.


Any run time, short or feature


Any original screenplay of any length.


Run time of over 60 minutes 


Run time of between 1 and 59 minutes.


Run time of between 1 and 59 minutes.


Films can be any run time, short or feature. 
Must have a bold and original style in either visuals or storytelling.


No more than 10 minutes in length.
Can be for independent or established artist.


Please submit early to save on submission fees. Your online screener must be ready for viewing by the following dates to meet the respective deadline: 

9th November 2016: Super Earlybird Deadline
11th January 2017: Earlybird Deadline
12th April 2017: Regular Deadline
7th June: Late Deadline
19th July 2017: Extended Deadline
16th August 2017: Final Extended Deadline

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You've got to be in it to win it!


LIVIFF Bespoke "Liver Bird" Awards

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.