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1. Films produced prior to January 2016 are not eligible.

2. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images and content in the entry.

3. Entrant will allow usage of clips from the entry for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at ‘live’ Festival events other than theatrical screening.

4. Successful entries may be used for private press screenings prior to the festival.

5. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles, or with supplementary printed translations, will be automatically disqualified.

6. Use of the on-line Entry Form assumes acceptance of the LIDF Entry Regulations.


1. Films are selected for public presentation as part of the London International Documentary Festival (LIDF) ‘Official Selection’.

2. If a film is selected for screening, the Festival office will contact the entrant by e-mail.

3. All films selected will be made available for viewing. All timings, date and venue details will be made by the Festival. All decisions are final.

4. For publicity purposes, entries selected will be required to supply at least 3 colour jpegs from the film, at least 1 photograph of the film’s director(s), a full synopsis and production credits and, a trailer if available. The LIDF will view all publicity material but is under no obligation to use it.

5. The Print Traffic Control will contact all successful entrants with a Screening Agreement and delivery schedule.


1. Only completed entries (Entry Form, payment, and film) will be processed and considered for screening.

2. Entry details can be submitted on-line at A new Entry Form must be completed for each film submitted.

3. In case of difficulty using the on-line Entry Form, or payment facilities, please contact the Festival at:

4. Entrant’s name and Entry Ref. No, must be stated on all correspondence.

5. Films can be delivered for review on-line via Vimeo, Daily Motion or via any other on-line linkIn. Films can also be uploaded to the Festival Dropbox:

If it is impossible for you to submit on-line please contact:

The LIDF is under no obligation to return the Entry Fee of films made ineligible by playback problems, incorrect password details or any other technical issue.


1. Each submission must be accompanied by the appropriate Entry Fee. Entry Fees are not refundable. Payment may be made on-line when the Entry Form is submitted. All payments must be in EUROS.

Short films (under 40 mins): 35 Euro

Recipients of the festival’s prize in the Documentary Short Subject category will qualify for consideration at the Annual Academy Awards® (OSCAR®)

Standard Rate (over 40 mins): 55 Euro

If you wish to submit a large number of films please contact the Festival at:


The LIDF reserves the right to include in the final programme films that are at the Festival by invitation and may be produced before July 2015.

Frequently Asked Questions

Entry Form

Submission regulations for LIDF are subject to change. The LIDF reserves the right to rule on all issues not expressly covered by these regulations.


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