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Submissions for LIVIFF 2018 are now open!


Submissions are now open for the Liverpool Film Festival 2018. Please submit your entry through one of our approved submission partners.

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Liverpool 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 Film Festival 2018 categories are...



Run time of over 40 minutes
British Director or Writer or feature a mainly British cast or be set in the UK.


Run time of between 1 and 39 minutes.


Run time of over 40 minutes.


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 40 minutes 


Run time of between 1 and 39 minutes.


Run time of between 1 and 39 minutes.


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: 

12th December 2017: Super Earlybird Deadline
23rd January 2018: Earlybird Deadline
27th March 2018: Regular Deadline
15th May 2018: Late Deadline
10th July 2018: Extended Deadline
7th August 2018: Final Extended Deadline

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Terms of Submission

Our Standard Festival Participation Agreement (Terms and Conditions), which all submitted films are also expected to follow is as follows:

LIVIFF is looking for independent feature-length and short films from around the world from any genre.

Our Standard Festival Participation Agreement (Terms and Conditions), which all submitted films are also expected to follow is as follows:


The 2nd Liverpool Film Festival will take place from 12th to 14th October 2018.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 15th November 2018. 
All submission deadlines are found within the FilmFreeway listing. 
Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener.

3. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2016. 
- Liverpool Film Festival requires at least a Liverpool premiere for all films. 
- Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted. 
- Films must not have received more than 50% of their funding from a studio or broadcaster. 
- All films not in the English language are required to have subtitles.

4. Premiere Status
- Liverpool Film Festival requires at least a Liverpool premiere for all films and they may not have been screened publicly online. All films may have screened at other festivals but just not have screened in the Liverpool Region. 
- There is no Premiere policy for Experimental Films and music videos, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.

5. Film Classification
All films screened during the Liverpool Film Festival receive an age rating that is decided by the Liverpool City Council.

6. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for Liverpool Film Festival are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.

7. Shipping
All shipping and postage costs, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all DCPs and additional materials sent to and returned from Liverpool Film Festival must be borne by the submitting party. Liverpool Film Festival will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Liverpool Film Festival will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid

8. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria: 
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production

9. Notification
Liverpool Film Festival endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 1st of September 2018 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

10. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or video file (.mov or .mp4).in order to be screened at the Liverpool Film Festival. The film title MUST be clearly labelled on the hard drive. 
A selected DCP or video file must be received at Liverpool Film Festival no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date.

11. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Liverpool Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Liverpool Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Liverpool Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. 
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.


By submitting to the Liverpool Film Festival I confirm that 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 2018 festival (October 12th - 14th 2018). 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 2018 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2018 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify LIVIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.