Leeds International Film Festival

27 Annual November 08, 2013 to November 22, 2013

Open call for entries, for the LIFF – Leeds International Film Festival

Founded in 1987 and hosted in the main city of the UK’s Yorkshire region, Leeds International Film Festival is renowned as a dynamic event with a reputation for challenging and innovative programming. Last year LIFF presented a huge variety of exceptional films at over 250 screenings and events at a wide variety of sites across the city, from cinemas and clubs to the newly customised, 1,000-capacity venue at Leeds Town Hall. LIFF features high-profile programme sections including: the competitions of the Official Selection; Fanomenon, the UK’s largest genre event; Short Film City; documentary strand Cinema Versa; exclusive Retrospectives and archive classics; and the Thought Bubble Comic Convention. LIFF is organised by Leeds Film, part of Leeds City Council, a local authority in the Yorkshire region of the UK. Leeds Film also organise Leeds Young People’s Film Festival.

LIFF has long been dedicated to unearthing rarely screened classics from the archive and importing rare film prints from around the world. We have established a new section to showcase a broad selection celebrating film history. In 2012 we screened a retrospective selection of the groundbreaking Japanese actress/director Kinuyo Tanaka alongside the early Soviet films of Andrei Konchalovsky, silent classics and an overview of recent Portuguese cinema.
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• Feature Films must be submitted to the Film Festival by Friday 30th August and Shorts by 20th September 2013.
• Only films completed after 1st January 2012 will be considered for the competitive sections. However, the Film Festival does consider archive film programming and older films for non-competitive sections, which can be submitted in the same way as new ones.
• Any genre and any length of film will be considered – anything under 45 minutes is classified as a short, anything over 45 minutes is classified as a feature.
• The film must not have appeared on British television.

Premiere Policy:
• UK premieres will be prioritised in the selection process in all Film Festival sections, especially for the Official Selection. However, we do not categorically insist on UK premieres – this is up to the discretion of the Film Festival team.

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London, England – United Kingdom
April 11 to 22, 2013

November 30, 2012 – Regular Deadline

The London Independent Film Festival is committed to the independent filmmaker, giving special attention to films by first- and second-time directors, films shot with budgets under £100,000, and quality films that, for whatever reason, are unlikely to receive distribution through other channels.

The 10th Annual London Independent Film Festival (LIFF), is perfect a showcase of great micro-budget and no-budget independent films taking place in the bustling city of London, England. Proving that great creative works can be developed without the benefit of big financial backers, LIFF gives special attention to films by first- and second-time directors, and films shot with budgets of $200,000 USD or less.

LIFF is committed to the independent filmmaker and offers special attention to the screening of films by first- and second-time directors, as well as to films shot with small or no budgets.

LIFF offers a broad array of competitive categories, including documentary, sci-fi/horror, LGBT, short screenplay, music video, and animated short, to name just a few. Filmmakers will also enjoy having their works screened at two of the city’s best theaters – the Roxy and the Shortwave – and can be assured of a film and festival experience that’s second to none. The London Independent Film Festival is eager to welcome you for 12 incredible, film-fueled days along the south bank of the Thames; for your chance to take part in this one-of-a-kind showcase, submit your film or script today!
The festival has a reputation for celebrating remarkable works that might otherwise have slipped under the radar. Time Out Magazine has called LIFF “a treasure trove of undiscovered film gems, [and] one of Europe’s top indie film fests.” All selected films will be considered for Jury and Audience Awards, with the winners announced at the Closing Night “It’s a Wrap” party. LIFF also offers a popular screenwriting competition and an array of fascinating training workshops for filmmakers, as well as opportunities for visitors to network, establish connections, and plan future collaborations.

In-competition filmmakers enjoy generous accommodations and international transportation packages, festival passes, and party invites, plus the opportunity to meet representatives from many UK distributors, sales and talent agencies, and production companies. Several micro-budget films which premiered at LIFF, including Beyond the Fire and The Liberty of Norton Folgate, were picked up for UK distribution and went on to successful theatrical releases after the festival.



Louisville, Kentucky – USA
October 4 to 7, 2012

LOUISVILLE’S INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM (LIFF), now in its fourth season. LIFF is a four-day celebration of independent film and the cultural and creative diversity that flourishes in Louisville, Kentucky. The annual program has expanded rapidly to include the Kentucky Youth Film Festival, which allows students the opportunity to pitch and promote their work, and the Kentucky Legends of Fame showcase, honoring an entertainment luminary and delighting audiences with one-of-a-kind live performances.

As its visibility, network, and reputation continue to grow, LIFF benefits from strong partnerships with Final Draft and with film distributors Barnholtz Entertainment and 3DD Entertainment. Several of LIFF’s programmed features have been picked up for distribution thanks to these and other relationships, proving that this is a festival dedicated to fostering connections and exposure, and yielding substantial results for the independent filmmaker. Cash prizes are awarded to winning filmmakers; the values of those prizes are determined by the number of festival entrants and have grown steadily, year after year.

Thanks in no small part to its formidable network of industry supporters, LIFF draws from a selection panel of experts that includes former network television executives, Emmy Award-winning actors, casting directors, and entertainment attorneys. Last year, every attending filmmaker had the opportunity to pitch to Barnholtz Entertainment’s Director of Acquisitions and was given professional feedback on their material – a truly valuable experience for LIFF’s exhibiting filmmakers.

July 15, 2012 – Regular Deadline

Louisville’s International Festival of Film is a sustainable, annual film festival located in Louisville, Kentucky, developed to showcase independent film, celebrate the cultural diversity of its surrounding area, and to support The Louisville Film Arts Institute.

LIFF’s wide array of screenings, seminars, discussions, and celebratory events are held in many of the most picturesque locations in Louisville, including the Galt House hotel (where filmmakers are offered a reduced room rate), Glassworks, and the Muhammad Ali Center. “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston calls Louisville a “delightful [and] ideal setting for a film festival.” LIFF’s opening and closing night ceremonies are rich with the spirit of storytelling. In 2011, actress and comedian Lily Tomlin performed her one-woman show to a sold-out crowd to benefit the Festival’s creative arts charity.

More seminars, guest speakers, and celebrations will be unveiled as the festival approaches, but it’s already clear that this year’s program will be top-notch. Submit your film to Louisville’s International Festival of Film today for your chance to take part!