Updated: Oct 14, 2018
Interview by Chris Olson
Due to kick off on Friday 13th of April, the London Independent Film Festival (LIFF) will play host to a fantastic selection of indie cinema, including short films from newcomer filmmakers. I had the chance to catch up with Natasha Marburger from the festival to speak about this year's event.
Who are you and what do you do for London Independent Film Festival?
My name is Natasha Marburger and I am the Festival Director for the London Independent Film Festival. I am also a Producer – I have made shorts, features, music videos, branded content and TV, and I'm now raising finance for my second feature which is a supernatural thriller. I also teach film courses and run networking events throughout London.
This year sees the festival turn 15! What makes the festival so popular with movie fans and filmmakers?
I think it's popular because it's so relaxed and you can meet the filmmakers and have a drink with people from the industry in an informal environment. LIFF showcases mostly films by first- and second-time directors and films shot on a micro-budget, so we are the industry event for newcomers and their fans who have supported them to get this far.
What can attendees expect this year?
We have a fantastic line-up of shorts, features, documentaries, animation, etc. We are also doing some additional events as well as one hosted by Film London who is our newest supporter.
Are there any special events or workshops alongside the screenings?
There will be an Opening Night Networking Party at 6pm on 13th April. There will be a Film Quiz hosted by the Film Festival Doctor on 15th April. There will be a Film London workshop on 21st. Finally we will close LIFF 2018 with an Awards Ceremony and Closing Night Party on Sunday 22nd April. Everything will take place at Kino Bermondsey in Borough.
Will any noteworthy filmmakers be in attendance?
A selection of the filmmakers from the festival will be there, as well as some exciting industry guests. You'll have to come to find out for yourself who is in attendance!
Can you tell us anything about the venues you will be using?
We will be holding all events and screenings at Kino Bermondsey, which is an independent cinema in Borough and is therefore perfect for LIFF.
Where can people get tickets?
The full schedule of films and events as well as tickets can be found at http://www.liff.org/tix/
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