About

The poster of the first edition, click to enlarge

The LJMU MA Short Film Festival

The 1st edition of the LJMU MA Short Film Festival took place online from 16 to 23 April 2021. The festival is international and open to all types of short film (fiction, documentary, experimental, and animation). The 1st edition focused on student films from the UK, Europe and beyond.

Students of the MA Film at Liverpool John Moores University program and curate the festival strands. They are given opportunities to contribute to social media outreach, poster and award design for the edition, publicity, festival trailers and Q&As.

Exploring Film Festivals, Distribution and Exhibition

The festival operates from within the module Exploring Film Festivals, Distribution and Exhibition, which is led by Festival Director and Reader in Film, Dr Lydia Papadimitriou and collaboratively taught with Dr Lars Koens, Festival Coordinator.

Exploring Film Festivals goes beyond production and representation, to consider the different ways in which film circulates. It examines the historical and contemporary significance of film festivals both in assigning value to film (through programming and awards) and in providing an alternative distribution network, while also assessing the significance and function of film programming in festivals.

The study of film festivals is a relatively recent field and a key source is the collection of essays Film festivals: History, theory, method, practice (2016) edited by Marijke de Valck, Skadi Loist and Brendan Kredell.

Littlewoods Building, Liverpool

MA in Film

The festival is part of the MA Film at Liverpool John Moores University. The programme leader of this course is documentary filmmaker Dr Keith Marley, who takes part in the jury of the Paper Bird Award. The MA Film combines theory and practice, fostering innovative approaches to both the making and understanding of film (and film festivals).

In the UK, Liverpool is the second most filmed in city (after London) and has a vibrant media and cultural industry. With the Twickenham Studios film production facility due to open in the Littlewoods Building in 2022, the MA Film and its festival are firmly rooted for a growing future.