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For decades television seemed to be the natural home for documentary makers. The gradual switch from film to video in ...Read more


LIDF, the UK’s largest independent documentary film festival, is proud to announce it has been chosen as a qualifying film festival by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Recipients of the festival’s prize in the Documentary Short Subject category will now qualify for consideration at the Annual Academy Awards® (OSCAR®) without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

The first LIDF – London International Documentary Festival: A Conversation in Film – took place at the British Museum in 2007. The Festival arose from a commitment to what it called, and continues to call, ‘Conversations in Film’. These conversations bring together diverse audiences and go beyond the films themselves in order to engage with wider social, artistic and political issues, as well as examining how documentary film can function as an important source of knowledge about the world.

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