Leeds International Film Festival is now welcoming submissions for its 33rd edition which will run from 6th to 21st November 2019. A qualifying film festival for both the Oscars® and BAFTAs, LIFF presents an extensive and diverse programme of discovery that celebrates the achievements of new and established talent from around the world.

You can enter your film to LIFF 2019 using either FilmFreeway or Withoutabox where you can find full information about our categories and criteria. You only need to enter your film into one category: if your film is eligible for other categories it will still be considered by their programme selectors. The deadlines for submissions are: earlybird 1st April 2019, regular 1st July 2019, and final 9th August 2019.

In 2018 LIFF received over 5500 feature and short film submissions from 111 countries for its five programme sections which include: Official Selection for new narrative features; Cinema Versa for documentary features and shorts; Fanomenon for genre / fantastic features and shorts; and Leeds Short Film Awards with eight competition categories and £4500 in cash prizes.

You can view the full LIFF 2018 programme in the LIFF 2018 Catalogue. If you have any questions, please check the LIFF Submission FAQ

LIFF 2018 Short Film Award Winners

Louis le Prince International Competition
Jury: Lucile Bourliaud, Sonali Joshi, Frauke Knappke
Winner: Schoolyard Blues by Maria Eriksson (Sweden)
Special Mention: The Field by Sandhya Suri (France, UK, India) & 2nd Class by Jimmy Olsson (Sweden)
Jury Statement on Winner: 'Maria Eriksson displays superb directorial skills in working with young actors. A brave and astute depiction of an alternative view of childhood, portraying the harsh realities of a world where new life lessons are forced upon the film's young protagonists.' 

World Animation Competition
Jury: Dotty Kultys, Daniel Murtha, Rory Waudby-Tolley
Winner: Raymonde or the vertical escape by Sarah van der Boom (France)
Special Mentions: Yin by Nicolas Fong (Belgium) & Link by Robert Löbel (Germany) 
Jury Statement on Winner: 'An unconventional film on several levels and we were moved by its humanity and humour. We empathised with the well-constructed and unforgettable protagonist.'

British Short Film Competition 
Jury: Anna Coatman, Melanie Iredale, James Mullighan
Winner: Night Out by Amelia Hashemi
Special Mention: Inside Out by Russell Davidson
Jury Statement on Winner: 'An accomplished and compelling film, Night Out manages to capture the process of self-discovery, the complexities of identity and the nuanced dynamic between friends and potential lovers without resorting to cliche or overstatement.

Yorkshire Short Film Competition
Jury: Anna Coatman, Melanie Iredale, James Mullighan
Life in Miniature by Ellen Evans
Special Mention:
My Stammering Tap by Peter Snelling
Jury Statement on Winner: 'This film delighted us all. It gives an insight into a little world many know nothing about, revealing how singular people can be in pursuit of their interests and passions. Life in Miniature is a short that’s as carefully and deftly crafted as its subject.'

Leeds International Queer Short Film Competition 
Jury: Olivia Thomas, Clare Tebbutt, Marlo De Lara
Winner: Something Said by Jay Bernard (UK) 
Special Mention: Prisoner of Society by Rati Tsiteladze (Georgia) & Marguerite by Marianne Farley (Canada)
Jury Statement on Winner: 'Something Said employs innovative use of mixed media, spoken word and body performance to tell a deeply important personal and political narrative.'

Leeds International Screendance Competition
Jury: Kati Kallio, Maia Elisabeth Sørensen, Leonel Brum
Winner: Afterword by Boris Seewald (Germany)
Special Mention: Birds in the Earth by Marja Helander (Finland, Norway) 
Jury Statement on Winner: 'Whilst the story itself is poetic and so well crafted it rises ‘from the ashes of a love story’, toward layers that could be interpreted as societal or political commentary.'

Leeds International Music Video Competition
 Oscar Hudson, Kate Wellham, John Robb
Winner:  Half a Million - The Shins by LAMAR + NIK (USA)
Jury Statement on Winner: 'The video was incredibly inventive and well done, as well as being funny.'

Leeds Short Film Audience Award
Winner: Time Traveller by Steve Kenny (Ireland)