The London Kurdish Film Festival is excited to announce that the upcoming 12th Edition will be going ahead in the new year, taking place in March 2021! This is a highly significant edition as LKFF will be celebrating its 20th anniversary!

With only a few months remaining, until we launch the upcoming Kurdish Film Festival, we have activated our FilmFreeway account call for entries. You will have till the 25th of January 2021 to submit your films to us!

Established in 2001, the London Kurdish Film Festival was the first festival of its kind and has grown to become the biggest exhibitions of Kurdish films outside of Kurdistan. The 12th LKFF will mark 20 years of delivering high-quality films from across Kurdistan and the Kurdish diaspora. Films that were often made under the most difficult political conditions. LKFF is a film festival that aims to celebrate and highlight under-exposed and under-represented Kurdish films from all over the world.

Faced with the challenges of this year, LKFF managed to persevere and successfully deliver the 11th edition completely online back in August 2020. This edition was dedicated entirely to short films and garnered well over 200,000 combined views within the 10-day online event. With 53 short films, 31 live stream Q&A sessions with 36 participants, 2 panel discussions, and 2 workshop masterclasses, this festival travelled the globe and invited an unprecedented amount of new audiences who came together to enjoy a shared experience of Kurdish cinema. 

For this upcoming 12th edition, LKFF will be celebrating its 20th anniversary, marking the birth and growth of this long-standing film festival as well as celebrate the last 20 years of Kurdish cinema. With the current developments of COVID-19 still uncertain, LKFF will be going ahead with a highly secure online showcasing, including some in-venue cinema screenings in London. Further information regarding the film festival exhibition will be detailed in the new year. 

The categories of film submissions include feature-length Fiction, Documentary, Animation and Short Films. Submissions must be of films that were completed within the years 2019-2020. The regular submission deadline will be on the 25th of January 2021. We encourage all applicants to submit their films through our FilmFreeway channel (https://filmfreeway.com/LondonKurdishFilmFestival), which is a film festival portal, as early as possible.

Awards & Prizes

This year will be the first edition that LKFF will announce seven awards! These are as follows:

*Roja Zer Best Feature Fiction Film Award
*Mehmet Aksoy Best Documentary Award
*Yılmaz Güney Best Short Film Award
*LKFF Honorary Award
*Best Male Actor Award
*Best Female Actor Award
*Jury Special Mention

More information with regard to the Competitions, Awards and Prizes will be announced very soon!

TERMS & CONDITIONS

All terms and conditions are outlined on the LKFF FilmFreeway page:

Regular Submission Deadline: MONDAY 25th January 2021

Late Submission Deadline: MONDAY 1st February 2021

DECISION-MAKING PROCEDURE

The selection committee of individuals selected by the LKFF festival management committee will watch the preview copies at the earliest possible opportunity. Directors, producers and distributors will be informed of the committee's decision 6-8 weeks before the festival begins. At the end of the selection process, LKFF may also select some of the films which have not been selected for the competition by the selection committee to be screened in the film programme/s out of the competition. All entrants will be notified of these decisions in due course. 

London Kurdish Film Festival (LKFF)

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