Submissions for films of any genre are now open and must be submitted before 29 September. The shortlist will be curated by filmmaker, artist, and senior lecturer in filmmaking at Liverpool John Moores University Demelza Kooij, who will also act as the evening’s host. After the screening of the selected films, Demelza and panel members will enter the stage for a Q&A, discussing the showcased films as well as answering questions from the audience about filmmaking and how to gain experience in the film industry.

Filmmakers working in any medium are invited to submit their films for consideration. All genres are welcome - with the only restrictions being that the film must have been made within the last 18 months, be no more than 15 minutes in length, and be made in Liverpool or have cast or crew from the city region.

Demelza Kooij is a filmmaker, artist, and senior lecturer in filmmaking at Liverpool John Moores University, who has presented her work at art galleries, conferences, and film festivals internationally. She is currently developing her feature directing debut and contributing to the feature anthology film Chimera Experiments (Imagine Science Films, USA) with a short hybrid film called The Breeder. Flora and fauna form an integral part of the visual narratives of her films and are starting points for philosophical considerations whilst maintaining an emphasis on aesthetics and sensory experience.

Kooij says: “It is great to be invited to curate the programme for this year’s Liverpool Film Night. As lecturer at LJMU and fellow local filmmaker I’d love to see the work that is produced in Liverpool. I do not discriminate between genre or film form. In my spare time, I watch anything from fiction to documentary, hybrid films, arthouse, comedy, drama, action, sci-fi, etc. I will be looking out for films with a clear vision and evidence of authorship.”

To submit your film to Liverpool Film Night 2017, please fill out the submission form.