Independent filmmakers are getting back on their feet after a tough two years and they will benefit from an array of free masterclasses and networking opportunities this year at the London Independent Film Festival (LIFF) running from 1–10 April 2022. LIFF returns to the real world this year, after switching to virtual formats during the Covid pandemic – and will be bigger than ever at London’s independent Genesis Cinema in Mile End. The festival features six feature films and a dynamic line-up of short films, LIFF will also host a programme of knowledge-sharing events chaired by industry leaders to help indie talent reconnect with peers and grow their expertise.
The festival points a spotlight on supporting and developing emerging filmmakers. Across the festival there are a wide range of free-to-attend classes and networking events including:
· Speed pitching with film industry professionals and a ‘how to pitch’ masterclass with Smash Media
· A ‘story surgery’ with Scriptwright
· Changing perceptions and opening minds with Female Film Club
· Panel on funding short films with Genera
Advance registration is required for each of these industry-leading sessions – more information about each event, and how to register, is available here.
LIFF Director Natasha Marburger says the training and networking programme will allow anyone interested in film to access insider tips and guidance at the same time as seeing award-winning new films. “As filmmakers, we are always learning and gathering information, and networking is a key component. After the last two years, that’s even more crucial than ever. LIFF aims to provide filmmakers with tools to help them take their next step in their careers. I have made sure the programme is full of industry events that are interactive as well and provide lots of networking opportunities,” says Natasha.
Audiences, industry leaders, film buffs, journalists and editors are invited to join London’s indie filmmakers for the full programme of screenings. Must-see films include:
· God’s Petting You by Jamie Patterson
· Iris Warriors by Roydon Turner
· When The Screaming Starts by Conor Boru
· Much Ado by the Shakespeare Sisters.
The LIFF awards ceremony on Sunday 10 April will recognise and reward fresh talent in a highly competitive field of the next generation in film.
So for more information check out their website here, or to book your tickets follow the link to the Genesis Cinema website here! The festival will take place in the fantastic Genesis Cinema in Tower Hamlets which is also available for filming and photography enquiries!