Updated: Sep 24, 2020
The Festival was founded by Liz Farahadi, Erik Moore, Stephen Kearney and Julia Olsen, filmmakers, screenwriters, actors and industry professionals.
The mission is to encourage film making that will entertain and highlight the social and environmental upheaval we face unless we transform the way we live.
This unique new British Festival explores the future of purposeful film production and celebrates UK and Global filmmaking talent and creativity. We are based in the heart of Soho in London and are all filmmakers ourselves.
Our vision is to bring communities and filmmakers together to create films that have a social and environmental impact and facilitate change.
By working with filmmakers and communities we will give people the opportunity to express and articulate their fears, hopes and aspirations in a professional and entertaining way. We want to support filmmakers to create commercially viable products that we will screen into living rooms all over the world. Content will be curious, entertaining and challenging. The Festival is the springboard, the starting point of a new media.
We want to support new and emerging talent to be seen. We will offer advice and support from experienced and established filmmakers to nurture new talent from all backgrounds.
The London Soho Independent Film Festival presents an opportunity to be visionary and optimistic about the future of the arts and the role Television and Film can have in entertaining the public, challenging a culture of complacency and apathy that is damaging us and our planet. We want to provide a forum that entertains, promotes the industry and helps in the shaping of public dialogue about the most important issues humanity faces in the next 50 years. Ideally people will act when they see a film that enters our festival.
The days of passive consumption at the expense of people, the planet and communities we live in have to be over because the human race cannot sustain itself for much longer.
Soho London Film Festival presents an exciting opportunity to filmmakers with the abilities and desire to explore what people love about life, their communities, country and planet. The things that we can all build on with joy and optimism.
Equally filmmakers can explore the issues that people are worried, angry, sad or frustrated about and present visions that offer solutions. We want to encourage viewers to change and transform as individuals, as local communities and as nations.
Think of the pebble in the pond and the ripples that go out! Then create.
Our festival explores the unique and the curious, actively encouraging artists to listen in the communities they write about, actively engage the community(s) in the creation of the film and aim to leave a lasting and positive legacy in that community.
We will also link our work to Global Social and Environmental Impact Investors to develop opportunities to fund creative content, training opportunities and filming and studio infrastructure.
The festival will run over 3 days with 3 screenings a day of 5 films. We will have social events each night for our filmmakers in vibrant Soho, ending with an award night where we can all let our hair down together! Activities will inevitable be affected by the Covid Pandemic in which case we will work with you online.
Awards & Prizes
Best Film Best of Genre Best Student Film Best Actor Best Supporting Actor Best Industry Support to newbies First time film maker Best director Best LGBT Film Best Film Craft Best sound Hair and make up award Best Production Designer
Rules & Terms
1. All film submissions should be made digitally, not via DVD’s in the post. If you are unable/unwilling to use digital submission, please contact us and we’ll work something out. 2. If selected to be showcased during the event, all screening copies must be received by October 1st, 2020 3. All photos provided must be clearly identified. Photos may be used for any festival promotions. 4. Films which have been broadcast on Television, Cable or have had an international theatrical release prior to The SohoLIFF are NOT eligible for any competition but may be screened, out of competition. 5. Non-English language produced films must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English. All entrants certify that they have been given full rights to use any and all music in their films. 6. Film Producers are responsible for insurance and shipment costs of films to SohoLIFF. The title of the work and name of entrant must be on all mailing containers, labels, can reels and film leaders. 7. Filmmakers or screenwriters accepted and are attending the festival are responsible for travel, lodging, and all other expenses. 8. Filmmakers or screenwriters accepted into SohoLIFF will receive the following: Two(2) festival passes per submitted film to see all the festival films FREE Admittance for filmmakers to the events and workshops. 9. Film prints and other film material will be handled with utmost care. However, neither the SohoLIFF staff nor supporting staff can assume responsibility for damage or loss of the print and other film materials, en route or otherwise, during the course of the festival’s possession of the print. 10. All stated information, eligibility and submission guidelines, terms and conditions of entry, and entry information is subject to change by the Soho London Independent Film Festival, without notice.