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.


Films & Screenplays

The United Film Festival offers the opportunity for filmmakers to submit to six unique festivals in Los Angeles, New York, London, San Francisco, Chicago, and Tulsa. With a different programming committee in each city along with rolling deadlines, they are able to showcase a diverse line-up of narratives, documentaries, and shorts.

UFF offer special United Packages to submit to all six cities at once, or three cities of your choosing. Submitters also have the option of adding Feedback to their submission, allowing them to receive notes from our programming committee after the festivals.

UFF Screenwriting Contest offers even more opportunities to both short and feature screenwriters in Comedy, Drama, and Horror/Thriller categories.

New York , Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Tulsa, London – Go to the website and be a part of the UFF 2013.

Voted among the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker Magazine, UFF presents thought-provoking Q&As with industry and celebrity guests in an intimate and welcoming setting. Held in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles at two historic venues, UFF takes full advantage of its exciting Hollywood locale, and draws passionate crowds of film-lovers who enjoy the dynamic slate of humorous, touching, and innovative programming presented. Special events at past festivals have included the presentation of Lifetime Achievement Awards to screenwriter Carl Gottlieb (Jaws), actor Dabney Coleman (War Games), and Oscar-nominated director Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond).

United Film Festival’s focus is to bring together talented filmmakers from diverse backgrounds, thus creating a “United” showcase of creative energy and talent. It is a film festival for everyone, and a place where art and community come together.

All narrative, documentary, and short films are in competition for both Jury and Audience Awards, and the festival additionally presents an award for Best Student Short Film. Winners receive filmmaking software to aid their future projects, and are honored with an engraved trophy at the Awards Night ceremonies. What’s more, filmmakers can purchase feedback from the programming committee, and discounted “United Special” packages are available for filmmakers wishing to submit their work to more than one UFF event.

For the chance to exhibit your work and enjoy networking opportunities with industry players and like-minded artists, submit your film to the United Film Festival today!