The LIVIFF event will take place 23rd-25th October in cinemas and online

Lockdown would have been a much sorrier situation without the arts. Imagine no telly, no YouTube, no Netflix? We’d be lost without them, which is why we’re happy to hear about the line-up of films which are coming to LIVIFF next month.

There’ll be narrative feature films, documentaries, short films, animations, experimental and music video showcasing some of the best filmmaking talent from around the world.

Office workers and their humdrum lives bursts into life with poetry

Due to the current situation surrounding COVID-19, for the first time LIVIFF will be a ‘hybrid event’ across venues, with some screenings taking place at the Odeon, Liverpool One and there will even be a selection screening online.

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To comply with social distancing measures, the festival will take place at multiple venues as well as online

In cinema feature film highlights include the coming of age 18 TO PARTY, directed by Jeff Roda, set in 1984 the film sees a group of teenagers grappling with a series of life changing events including suicide, absentee parents, and UFO sightings and Polish film 1800 GRAMS, about the life of a woman who looks for families for orphaned children. 

Also playing in cinema will be three short sessions, including the festivals opening night screening. Included in the selection is THE LAST MERMAID, about a vape smoking, whisky drinking Scottish mermaid, a middle-aged woman struggles to keep her high-pressure job while tending to her elderly mother in RUTH, animation BOLERO STATION, office workers and their humdrum lives bursts into life with poetry in OFFICE SONG, in CHRISTY a 16-year-old school-dropout interviews for a job and a work-weary archaeologist faces a head-on collision in YIELD.

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An image from last year's film festival

Documentaries playing at the Odeon are CITIZEN BIO, an in-depth exploration of the nascent Biohacking movement and the emerging phenomenon of the “Citizen Scientist” and INTO THE STORM, about a troubled teenager from the barrios of Lima who looks to realise his dream of becoming a pro surfer and raise his family out of poverty.

Films screening online include the award winning documentary KNOTS: A FORCED MARRIAGE STORY, about the legal forced and child marriages that are happening all across the U.S. Narrative feature films screening online include Portuguese film SURDINE, about a man trying to move on with his life after the death of his wife and GIANTS BEING LONELY, a drama about three high schoolers looking to escape their rural existence. 

Also screening online will be a further selection of short films including a Documentary Shorts session and two narrative short sessions.

See the LIVIFF website for the full selection of feature films, documentaries and short films. Tickets for all screenings will be on sale soon.

(Main image credit Amy Ashley-Mather)

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