Submit Feature Films & Documentaries

The London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) is the UK’s and Europe’s largest annual South Asian Film Festival. It showcases a rich assortment of entertaining and thought provoking Indian and South Asian independent new cinema along with outstanding masterclasses, panel discussions and industry events. It is supported by the Bagri Foundation and British Film Institute.

The festival takes place in London, Birmingham, Manchester and other cities in the UK. In 2019 there were 26 participating cinemas with 95 screenings. The 2019 festival had a PR reach of over 160 million worldwide, partly due to a multilayered relationship with BBC and Indian media.

In 2020 and 2021 we were able to bring feature films, short films, Q&A’s and masterclasses to audiences via our new digital online platform LoveLIFFatHome. The guests included Ayushmann Khurrana, Frieda Pinto, Vidya Balan and Mira Nair. We also returned to the cinema in September with screenings at BFI Southbank and Ciné Lumière. Some of the films showcased included Cargo, Natkhat and The MisEducation of Bindu.

In 2022 London Indian Film Festival film festival made are hugely successful return to a full cinema programme, with the festival taking place across 27 UK venues with 109 screenings and events, including the world premiere of Anurag Kashyap’s latest ‘Dobaaraa’ and in conversation events with Konkona Sen Sharma and Nandita Das

Over the last 13 years LIFF has showcased a wide range of cutting-edge feature length films and documentaries including opening with world premieres of successful features such as ‘Delhi Belly’, ‘Love Sonia’ and ‘Article 15’. LIFF has been instrumental in showcasing the work of acclaimed talents in the UK. Some of our special guests at the festival have included Irrfan Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Mani Ratnam, Gurinder Chadha, Radhika Apte, Manoj Bajpayee, Sharmila Tagore, Ajay Devgan, Gillian Anderson and Ashutosh Gowariker.

The festival’s annual Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition is a celebration of new filmmaking talent that explores themes of South Asian experience, either in South Asia, or in the Asian diaspora. It particularly aims to highlight work that in some way links to the humanist vision of the great Indian director Satyajit Ray.

All films for consideration should be supplied on a Vimeo link.

Early bird deadline: Sunday 18th February 2024, £35

Regular deadline: Sunday 24th March 2024, £45

Late deadline: Sunday 14th April 2024, £70

The winning feature film for 2024 will be announced at the Closing Night Gala in London.