Years running: 12 (since 2007)


London International Documentary Festival.


The LIDF is the UK’s largest documentary festival. It unfolds at many venues across London and offers an unprecedented snapshot of the contemporary world. The festival adopts a questioning, critical attitude to the cultural, social and political issues of the day, engaging with filmmakers, their subjects, and our audience to create a highly distinct environment for cultural interaction.

The Festival now screens films every month in London and Paris. Films selected for the monthly screenings are part of the ‘Official Selection’ and are automatically nominated for the end of year awards. A three-day ‘Awards’ festival takes place in London in November.


  • Best Film
  • Best Short Film
  • Audience Award
  • Special Mentions


Films produced prior to January 2016 are not eligible.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • As the Festival programmes films every month it operates a rolling submission policy and accepts submissions at any time.
  • Fill out the entry form,
  • Pay entry fees,
  • Online submission via dropbox, Vimeo or provide any other unique on-line link. If you would rather submit via other means please contact

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Patrick Hazard, Founder and Director.



United Kingdom

Official website



LIDF, 39d Ainger Road,
London, NW3 3AT, UK


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Earlybird Deadline
    November 01, 2017
  • Event dates
    1 — 30 November 2017
Categories & Fees

Films over 40 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — €50

Films up to 40 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — €35
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