8th Annual

Louisville's International Festival of Film

October 13, 2016 to October 15, 2016

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Feature category is open to all narrative genres and should be 60 minutes or greater in length.
Short Film
films that are 60 minutes or less
Documentary Feature
Non-fiction films that are 40 minutes or longer.
Documentary Short
Non-fiction films that are 39 minutes or less.
On The Edge Films
On the edge is a category that showcases progressive, non-traditional films, science fiction, off-beat narratives, and unique point of view films.
Animated Feature
Animated films
Horror Short
Any live action short film (59 minutes or under) that deals with horror themes.
Horror Feature
Feature films that deal with horror themes.
an original episode derived from a television series, made for online viewing.
The Sport category brings together the theater of sport and the medium of film to tell unique, provocative and passionate human stories from around the world.


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.

The festival is uniquely designed to support film education in Kentucky. In its first year, there were over sixty high school and college students who participated in and helped run the film festival. They gained valuable experience through seminar attendance, Red Carpet interviewing, and networking. We expanded their involvement in our second year by obtaining Final Draft and AVID editing systems for select schools.

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 third year also saw our vision for the Kentucky Legends of Fame come to fruition, with the induction of our very first recipient, Ms. Lily Tomlin. As a kick-off and fundraising event, Ms. Tomlin also performed her incredible solo show—giving our festival unprecedented visibility.

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.


The 8th Annual Louisville’s International Festival of Film (LIFF) (www.louisvillefilmfestival.org) welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to the historic city of Louisville, Kentucky. Home to the great Kentucky Derby, Louisville Slugger, and beloved Muhammad Ali, Louisville offers three days of screenings, educational workshops, and open dialogue with savvy audiences in a gorgeous setting. Last year LIFF had over 29 countries represented in the festival.

Louisville's International Festival of Film (LIFF) debuted in 2009 with tremendous support from the city. Our partnerships with Louisville’s Sister Cities program lead to a great diversity of international films. Our marketing firm reported that we reached over one million people with news about our festival. Over the years we have built on that success and we partnered with distribution companies who review all of our accepted films. We are excited to announce that many of our past feature films have obtained various distribution deals. We have expanded our partnerships to include Final Draft and we are proud to announce that festival winners will be given the Final Draft program in addition to other prizes and awards.

Louisville's International Festival of Film is proud to be in partnership with Louisville's Science Center. Through this partnership we have now opened a new film category focused on 3D capable films.


LIFF realizes that one of the many goals for filmmakers is to find distribution for their work and to get their art seen. With this in mind we have worked hard to give filmmakers that important opportunity. We have signed agreements with two distributors in an effort to provide greater benefit to our filmmakers. Anthony King, Director of Acquisitions for Barnholtz Entertainment (www.imdb.com/company/co0055543), will review our accepted films for North American distribution opportunities. Anthony King will also be attending this year’s festival and hold a seminar on strategies to obtain distribution deals for low budget films. We are in the process of expanding to other distribution companies to provide even more opportunity to our filmmakers.

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.

In addition to the Kentucky Derby, Louisville is a City of Parks, with one of the nation’s largest parks expansions underway, adding 4,000 new acres of park land and the 100-mile Louisville Loop trail encircling the entire community. Visitors from all over the world enjoy Louisville's unique qualities and scenery. The city embraces the arts and there is growing excitement for the return of Louisville's International Festival of Film


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


• 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 must have been completed on or after January 1, 2015. Although in special circumstances the festival organizers reserve the right to make exceptions to this requirement.
• 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.