We are now accepting submissions for LIFF 2022

A qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards, BAFTAs, and BIFAs, Leeds International Film Festival presents an extensive and diverse programme of discovery that celebrates new filmmaking talent from around the world. You can now enter your film to LIFF 2022 using the Filmfreeway platform 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 the programme selectors.

The key remaining dates for submissions for LIFF 2022 are:

  • Regular deadline - 29 June 2022
  • Late deadline - 3 August 2022
  • Notification date - 31 August 2022
  • LIFF 2022 dates - 3-17 November 2022

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For LIFF 2022 we received 5459 feature and short film submissions from 121 countries for our four programme sections for new films: Official Selection for narrative features; Cinema Versa for documentary features and shorts; Fanomenon for fantasy genre features and shorts; and Leeds Short Film Awards with seven competition categories and £6000 in cash prizes.

View the LIFF 2021 Programme

Submitting films to LIFF - FAQs

Q. How do I submit my film?

A. We use FilmFreeway for all our feature and short film submissions.

Q. I'm not sure if my film is a feature or a short film?

A. We classify films under 45 minutes as a short film and 45 minutes or over as a feature film. For the Queer Short and Screendance categories, films must not exceed 20 minutes.

Q.  My film is eligible for multiple categories, do I have to submit to them all?

A. No, you only need to submit once to the category you feel best suits your feature or short film. Your film may be selected to a different category than the one you submit to, however we will contact you about this for permission before the final selection is made. 

Q. When should my film be completed to be eligible to submit?

A. Only films completed after 1st January 2021 will be considered for the competitive sections for LIFF 2022.

Q. How many films can I submit?

A. There is no limit to how many films you can submit. If you want to submit multiple films you may be eligible for a discounted rate: please contact us at leeds.film@leeds.gov.uk for more information.

Q. My film does not have a BBFC rating?

A. Films selected for LIFF without a BBFC certificate are certified for over 18s only even if the content does not require it: this is because it is not possible to secure an individual certificate for every film we select from the local licensing authority. We do apply for exceptions for certain films.

Q. I'm from a sales agency or film school and I want to submit multiple films.

A. Please contact us directly at leeds.film@leeds.gov.uk

Q. Do I need to provide closed captions or subtitles with my submission?

A. For all submissions not in the English language, we ideally require embedded English closed captions or otherwise subtitles.

Q. I have had a submission for LIFF accepted before and I'd like to submit a new film. 

A. We love to support LIFF alumni! Please email leeds.film@leeds.gov.uk and let us know.

Q. I'm a local filmmaker, can I get a discount?

A. We do not offer discounts for local filmmakers.

Q. I'm a student, is there a student short film competition?

A. We don't have a student short film competition but if your film school would like to submit multiple films they may be eligible for a discounted submission rate. Please email leeds.film@leeds.gov.uk

Q. Can I submit a work in progress?

A. We can accept a submission where the final sound mix is not yet complete, for example, but we would need to see a fully completed version of the film by the final deadline date of 3 August 2022.

Q. My film is made for children/families, will it still be considered?

A. Absolutely! We welcome films for all ages. However, if you would like to submit a film more catered towards families and children, please visit the Leeds Young Film Festival submission page instead.

Q. I'm having issues submitting my film on filmfreeway

A. Please contact www.filmfreeway.com/help.

Q. How will I find out if my film is selected or not?

A. You will receive notification from the LIFF team on 31 August 2022.

Q. If my film is selected, when would it be screened?

A. LIFF2022 will run from 3-17 November 2022.

Q. I submitted my film, what now?

A. If the fee is paid and you have completed the submission, you can relax! Follow us on social media @leedsfilmfest and @leedsshortfilm for updates. You will receive notification if your film is selected or not on 31 August 2022.

Q. What are the film awards and prizes for LIFF 2020?

A. Please check our Filmfreeway page for specific information about each category. We award a total of £6000 in cash prizes.

If you have any questions that have not been answered here please email leeds.film@leeds.gov.uk