The Paper Bird Award and Jury

Paper Bird Awards

The Liver Bird is a symbol of Liverpool John Moores University and the City of Liverpool, whilst the material of paper reflects the academic context of the LJMU MA Short Film Festival.

“According to popular legend, they are a male and female pair: the female looking out to sea, watching for the seamen to return safely home, and the male looking into the city, watching over the seamen’s families (or “making sure the pubs are open”, as a jocular version has it). Local legend also holds that the birds face away from each other, for if they were to mate and fly away, the city would cease to exist.”


The paper bird trophies that will be given to the winners of this year’s festival are the creation of Ivan Mack, an incredibly talented artist, musician, & director.