We are now open for submissions for the 2022 Leeds International Film Festival

A qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards, BAFTAs, and BIFAs, LIFF presents an extensive and diverse programme of discovery that celebrates the achievements of new and established 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 dates for submissions for LIFF 2022 are:

  • Earlybird deadline - 1st March 2022
  • Regular deadline - 29th June 2022
  • Late deadline - 1st August 2022
  • Notification date - 31 August 2022
  • LIFF 2022 dates - 2 to 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

LIFF Submissions FAQ

Q. How do I submit my film?

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

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

A. Under 45mins is classified as a short film, over 45mins is considered a feature film. However for the Queer and Screendance submissions, films must not exceed 20mins.

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 you submit to, however will advise you about this before the final selection. 

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.

Q. How many films can I submit?

A. There is no limit to how many films you can submit! If you wish to submit multiple films you may be eligible for a discounted rate, so please email us at leeds.film@leeds.gov.uk

Q. My feature/short does not have a BBFC rating?

A. Films screened during LIFF receive a 18 certificate from Leeds City Council. Although there are exceptions to this, please take this into consideration when submitting or attending the festival. If your film receives a BBFC rating and is selected for the festival, please let us know!

Q. I'm a distributor and wish to submit multiple films.

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

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

A. For all non-English speaking submissions, we require embedded English subtitles and if selected we may ask for English speaking submissions to provide a subtitle track for accessibility e.g. d/Deaf audience members.

Q. My previous films have been shown at LIFF before and I'd like to submit a new film. 

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

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

A. Unfortunately, we do not offer discounts for local filmmakers however we encourage you to submit to our Yorkshire Short Film Competition.

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

A. Sadly not, however if your institution would like to submit multiple films they may be eligible for a discounted submission rate. Please contact us at leeds.film@leeds.gov.uk

Q. Can I submit a work in progress?

A. We certainly do but to ensure our programmers are fully aware of this, please make it as clear as possible that your submission is not fully finished. 

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. If successful, when would my film be shown?

A. LIFF2022 will run 2 to 17 November 2022.

Q. I've submitted my film, what now?

A. Ensuring all fees have been paid, then relax! You can keep up to date with LIFF updates @leedsfilmfest and @leedsshortfilm on Twitter and if successful, you will be notified by 31 August.

Q. What are the prizes if my film wins?

A. Please check our Filmfreeway page for more 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 contact us via leeds.film@leeds.gov.uk