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The LIDF in association with the London Review of Books is calling for submissions. The call is open and international. All subject matter is considered. Films must be produced after 1 January 2009. First time and established filmmakers all welcome.

The LIDF is the UK’s largest independent documentary festival providing a platform for radical and groundbreaking output from around the globe. In 2011 the festival is scheduled to run for 10 days between 5th May and 15th May.

We look to support new and innovative filmmaking talent, and to ask filmmakers to participate in the ‘conversations’ and debates that run alongside the screenings. 2011 will see new and significant additions to the festival and new award categories.

We look forward to seeing your films.

Official Entry Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Entry Regulations

If you would prefer to submit through Withoutabox, please click the link below.

Filmmaking for Social Change: Prevent and Resolve Conflict

A series of screenings, debates and installations from Pakistan features on the 1st April at RSA.

Red Burqa (Burqa a ye Qermez)

As a part of the event, LIDF shows four films (Kids, Escape, Inflation, From Birth to Sixty) made by twelve Pakistani students from various educational institutions in Karachi.

Additionally, there will be a screening of the winner of the National Short Documentary Film Competition 2009 (a collaboration between the LIDF; the British High Commission, Pakistan; and Geo TV), alongside with Red Burqa, The Sacred Goats and My Sin. 

To find out more about the event, click here.

To book tickets for this event, click here.

Join us for a conversation

Intelligent Life

LIDF is not just simply a film festival. It is a discourse that engages a wide range of audiences. We are always looking at new projects and new ways to start conversations, because isn’t conversation where all good things start?  This year we open a series of interviews with directors, producers and actors so our audiences can engage with films beyond ‘lights up.’ To view our continuously growing section with conversations, click here.

To join the conversation and comment on films, interviews and forthcoming film reviews, register with LIDF website. To receive the latest updates on the LIDF festival and for information on film screenings all year around, subscribe to the LIDF email newsletter.

Website launch

LIDF is delighted to announce the launch of our new website,


The webteam would love to know what you think of the site, so please contact us, or post your comments below!

Party like it’s LIDF09

LIDF09 Opening Night Party - 28 Mar 2009

LIDF09 filmmakers, panel members, industry insiders and the LIDF09 team came together for opening night drinks at the Horse Hospital this evening. The event was a chance to celebrate a successful first day, for ideas to be shared, old friends to meet, introductions to be made, and most importantly, conversations to be had.

Photos of the evening are up on our flickr page. In fact, we had so much fun we somehow managed to lose an hour.

Events such as this are scattered throughout the festval, and are a great chance to meet and debate with the filmmakers.