7th Annual

London International Documentary Festival

November 12, 2014 to November 16, 2014

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The LIDF is calling for documentary films produced after July 1st 2011. The call is open and international. All subject matter is considered.

Filmmakers submitting more than one film can pay the fee for ALL films with their first submission and get a fee waiver for the others.
Short Films (under 40mins)


The London International Documentary Festival (LIDF) is the UK’s largest independent documentary festival providing a platform for radical and groundbreaking output from around the globe.

The LIDF 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.

The LIDF is committed to providing the highest quality platform for international documentaries and their directors. It does this by working with globally recognised partners and venues, such as the British Museum, the Barbican Centre, and the TATE Modern on a year-round programme of screenings and other events that includes the London International Documentary Festival.

The films are always both pretext and context for discussion. The concept at the heart of the LIDF is very simple: to start and continue conversations that go beyond the films themselves - and beyond lights up!


The LIDF is calling for submissions. The call is open and international. All subject matter is considered. Films must be produced after July 1st 2011. 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.


Patrick Hazard (Director); Patrick Hazard (Director)


1. Only completed entries (including submission, payment, and DVD) will be processed and considered for screening.
2. Entry details can be submitted via Withoutabox or on-line at www.lidf.co.uk. A separate entry must be made for each film submitted. The LIDF is not responsible for incorrect wording in its publicity material if the original submission contains errors. However, the LIDF will undertake to reconfirm all film and production details with successful entrants. If the LIDF again receives incorrect details it cannot be held responsible for any errors in print material used for the Festival.
3. In case of difficulty submitting please contact the Festival Office by email at: info@lidf.co.uk
4. Entrant’s name, address and the production’s title must be on each DVD case.
5. All entries must be sent to: Entry Co-ordinator - LIDF, 39d Ainger Road, London, NW3 3AT, United Kingdom.
6. All entries must be accompanied by a synopsis of the production’s content.
7. Please ensure that DVDs are checked on a stand-alone player before dispatch. The LIDF is under no obligation to return the submission fee of films made ineligible by playback problems, although the Festival will undertake to contact the filmmaker in such a case and request a further copy.
8. The cost of postage and packing of an entry to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. Fees charged to the LIDF will be refused.

Every reasonable effort will be made to protect films and tapes from damage or loss, but the Festival, or its management, cannot assume liability for damage or loss.

Each submission must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. Fees are not refundable. All payments must be in UK sterling.

Regular Deadline
Short films (under 30mins) £15.00
Documentary (over 30 mins) £25.00
For every additional film submitted £5.00

If you are submitting two films, please pay the combined submission fee for both films with the first entry and indicate that you are requesting a waiver with the second entry.

All entries must be postmarked by May 29th 2014. Entries postmarked after this date and before September 1st 2014 must pay an additional £10.00 (Late Deadline).

The LIDF is unable to return preview copies.

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 2011.

The closing date for submissions is May 29th 2014. (Regular Deadline)
Late entry until September 1st 2014. (Late Deadline)



1. Productions produced prior to July 1st 2011 are not eligible.
2. Entries must be postmarked by May 29th 2014. Late entries will be accepted until September 1st 2014.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. All entries must be either in English or contain English subtitles. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles or with supplementary printed translations will be automatically disqualified.
6. Submission assumes acceptance of the LIDF Entry Regulations.

1. If a film is selected for screening, the Festival office will contact the entrant by email. All successful entries will be notified by September 10th 2013, baring unforeseen circumstances..
2. All films selected will be made available for viewing. All timing, date and venue details will be made by the LIDF. All decisions are final.
3. 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. The LIDF will happily view existing publicity material but is under no obligation to use it.