10th Annual

Louisville's International Festival of Film

October 11, 2018 to October 13, 2018

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Open to all narrative genres and subject matter, with a run time of 70 minutes or longer.
Open to all narrative genres and subject matter, with a run time of 69 minutes or less.
Non‐fiction films of any length.
Non‐traditional films of any length, including art house, animation, or webisodes. NOTE: webisodes must have at least three episodes produced (though not all have to be submitted).


The Louisville Film Arts Institute (LFAII) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting the film arts in Kentucky. To help facilitate this goal, it has created Louisville’s International Festival of Film (LIFF) which is a sustainable annual film festival located in Louisville, KY. The festival will showcase independent film, while supporting the cultural diversity of the area.

In 2011, we added the Kentucky Youth Film Festival, to allow students the experience of pitching, producing and promoting their work. Due to an overwhelming response from students, we are excited to invite the students and their families back. The Kentucky Youth Film Festival is a regular feature to Louisville's International Festival of Film. Each year the school system is handed a new subject for the students to create, develop and produce a film short or animation, depending on the individual student and his or her interest.

Our Co-Founder, CONRAD BACHMANN (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0045497/), a Louisville native and graduate of Valley High School, attended the University of Kentucky before venturing out west in 1957 to pursue his Hollywood dream. Over his distinguished career, Conrad earned credits in more than 35 films, hundreds of television shows, countless commercials and served as Governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for 12 years, and on the Academy Executive Committee. As Chair of the Activities for the Academy he produced countless productions of hit television shows for a professional development series for all Peer Groups. Fifty Years later, Conrad came full circle with the announcement of his plan to develop and annual international film festival in his hometown of Louisville.

With the creation of LIFF, Conrad is helping to make a difference in the lives of future filmmakers around the world. Although Conrad moved to Hollywood over 50 years ago, his heart never left Louisville. His goal is to bring Hollywood and the artistic process of film making to the region and state. LIFF is his way of giving back the opportunities given to him, while offering a unique forum for others to achieve their dreams. Conrad is passionately dedicated to the success of the festival and wants to share his beautiful Commonwealth of Kentucky with the world.

LIFF shall bring together talented students, professional filmmakers, industry experts, educators, avid movie-goers, and film connoisseurs from around the globe for a highly interactive weekend of nationally recognized and undiscovered gems, educational seminars, and networking events.


For nearly a decade, the Louisville International Festival of Film has explored, encouraged and enriched the next great generation of filmmaking and new media artists.

Filmmakers from all over the world have been thrilled by the enthusiastic audiences and the one‐of-a‐kind Louisville Slugger Baseball Bat inscribed with the name of the winning film in each category.

This year, LIFF is working in association with the legendary Muhammad Ali Center to create a unique program of films to honor all those who aspire to greatness in their chosen fields.

In addition to awards for each category, LIFF will offer a new 56 And 5 Added Programming Block to highlight projects that in some way embody one or more of Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect or Spirituality.

Films selected for this unique honor will receive a second screening over the course of the four day festival, and will be eligible for a special 56 And 5 Filmmaking Award, in addition to their potential category award.

LIFF also offers a separate Homegrown Award for the best film of any length shot in Kentucky, as well as an Audience Favorite Knockout Film Award.


Lonely Seal Releasing International Distribution Award

Lonely Seal Releasing will award one feature film, one year of international distribution with waived administrative fees, a value of up to $50,000.

The winning feature film with be presented to several thousand motion picture buyers throughout the world for the purpose of generating sales. Additionally, it will be prominently showcased at the Lonely Seal Releasing booth at the 2019 Cannes Film Market during the Cannes Film Festival. “Louisville’s Festival of Film,” is a remarkably dynamic film festival that deserves to have its finest work represented worldwide, so I’m thrilled to be working closely with Conrad Bachmann to bring this award to fruition,” said Lonely Seal Releasing founder Hammad Zaidi.

Industry seminars produced by the film festival organizers are well attended with industry experts and the public. The strong connections and partnerships of the organizers enable our festival to continue to grow. LIFF is proud to announce that studio and development executives in Hollywood have agreed to return again to be part of the judging panel for entrance into the festival.


Brett Bachmann (Festival Registrar); Conrad Bachmann (OTHER)



• Title, origin of film, length of film, director, producer, writer, short synopsis (2-4 sentences), category of film and whether it's a world or Kentucky premier.

•1920X1080 (landscape) or 16:9 (landscape) ratio poster to use, if selected, for program and website. Image must be in high-res JPG format.

• Entries may have been shot in any format.
• Entries must be submitted on DVD or Blu-ray (Region 0 or 1). Two copies must be provided.
* If entry is originally submitted via electronic submission, you will be notified of preliminary acceptance so that you will have time to send the required DVD's to be shown at the festival. We will not be creating these DVD's from your electronic submission. If we do not receive the requested DVD's the preliminary acceptance may be revoked with no refunds given.

• Usually films are entered in one category only but if a film is submitted in two or more categories then an entry fee must be submitted for each.
• A full entry fee must be paid for each category entered.
• If the Festival determines that work has been entered in the wrong category, it will be reassigned and the entrant notified.

• Entries may have been shot in any format.
• Entries without the proper fee will not be considered.
• We do not accept promotional or commercial works.
• Works in progress will not be accepted for consideration.
•All filmmakers whose films are accepted must sign a rights and clearances form, and filmmakers are responsible for obtaining all permissions and clearances for material contained in their film.

• All entries must be RECEIVED by the deadline date.
• Entry fees must be paid in U.S. funds by money order or credit card.
• Entry fees are non-refundable.
• Entries without the appropriate fee will not be considered.
• LIFF is unable to waive entry fees or provide discounts beyond that
specified below.
• The ONLY exception is for selected filmmakers from Louisville's sister cities or such exceptions as the festival organizers may grant.


By entering the Louisville's International Festival of Film, (LIFF) entrants release and hold the promoter and host and other contest entities harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and action of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the festival. LIFF will handle the films with care but cannot be held liable for any damage or loss during the shipping, preview or screening. LIFF is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark or royalty infringements related to the work. Applicants are responsible for their own insurance and are not covered by the festival’s insurance. LIFF reserves the right to destroy all submitted copies of films to the festival unless the filmmaker notifies LIFF they would like the film returned at the conclusion of the festival. The filmmaker is required to submit a prepaid shipping label and envelope along with the initial submission if they would like their submission copies returned.

By submitting your entry you certify that you are authorized to submit this work and that all clearances and licenses necessary for public display of the work have been granted and agree that you will indemnify and hold harmless the Louisville's International Festival of Film for any liabilities and expenses in connection with any claims based on any film/video submitted to LIFF.

LIFF retains the right to accept or decline any film, for whatever reason, without notice or explanation.

Entering the competition constitutes permission to use the names and likenesses of the Finalists and the Grand Prize Winner for publicity and promotions with no additional compensation. Additionally , Filmmaker grants the LIFF the right to use excerpts from the film including audio, video, names and images to promote the festival in any medium.

You indemnify LIFF , their affiliates, sponsors, employees and judges of and from any and all claims, loss or liability that may be asserted against you or incurred by you or any associates, at any time in connection with the submitted work.

You request that LIFF evaluate and judge the submitted material.

No phone inquires, please. Thank you, and we hope to see you in the beautiful city of Louisville.

I have read the submission guidelines (and understand what the festival will provide accepted filmmakers) and accept all terms of participation in the Louisville's International Festival of Film contained herein.