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Screen your short film at Cinema in the City


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Cinema in the City is our experiential film programme featuring the best of independent cinema screened in unexpected and unique locations. Previous Cinema in the City events have included watching Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet in Francis Lee’s Ammonite beneath the stars on the rooftop of Cotton Exchange, experiencing a night of award-winning LGBTQ+ films at Exchange Station, and gathering the family together for a matinee special of Pete’s Dragon in a converted Victorian warehouse.

Recognising Liverpool's local talent and rich film history, Cinema in the City offers emerging artists and up-and-coming local filmmakers the opportunity to screen their short film before each main feature. With Cinema in the City screenings happening throughout 2024, submissions are now open to be featured at one of our upcoming dates.

Find out more on how to apply below!


  • Entrants must live in the North West of England
  • Films must be no longer than 15 minutes in length
  • Films must be no older than 2 years
  • Films must not be available for purchase
  • Films must be in English or with English subtitles
  • All file formats accepted
  • Promotional films are not eligible


One short film will be selected for each screening and the successful artists / filmmakers will receive a screening fee of £100 plus two free tickets to their screening.

If you'd like to submit your film for consideration, please complete this short form.

If you have any questions, email us at

Cinema in the City is supported by Film Hub North with National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI Film Audience Network.

FACT is funded by Arts Council England, Liverpool City Council and supported by Culture Liverpool.