Louisville's International Festival of Film 2023

We continue to hold our traditional in-person festival in the great city of Louisville, Kentucky, and combine it with elements of our extremely popular virtual festival to bring you the best of both worlds.

2023 Festival Stats

Films Submitted
Experimental & New Media
Opening Night Film

A Perfect Blemish

A young teenager named Mariah goes through the ups and down of high school life. Her life is completely changed when her high school boyfriend is killed in a car wreck. As Mariah attempts to move on, she decides to give new love a chance. The new person in her life is not someone you would expect her to be attracted to. As Mariah finds out more about herself, she finds out how much opposites attract, and how to look past the blemishes of life.

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Roach Motel


Two runaway, gun-obsessed, outlaw lovers are given a task to kill two political figures in the midst of a civil revolution outside the walls where these characters are trapped, waiting for the phone call to give them a sense of purpose.

Greetings from the Executive Director

Louisville’s International Festival of Film has truly become what we envisioned, international. We are celebrating films from Denmark, Lithuania, Jordan, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, France, New Zealand, Australia, Romania, Ireland, India, and Hong Kong.  Add in films from several US states including our own Commonwealth of Kentucky and it adds up to a festival that we are proud to offer for your consideration.

We begin our 15th year showcasing the films that have been chosen for you by our fantastic team of judges. We believe you will be thrilled with their selections.  And hat’s off to every artist who honored us with a submission; we wish we could include them all.

And, I have some exciting news for you all. We have added a new category to our line up this year. SPORTS!!! Check out the "Sports" film's being shown in the "Slugger" theater this year. We are very excited about this "New Category"

CONGRATULATIONS to all the filmmakers that are part of this year’s lineup- you allow us to travel all over the world from the comfort of our seats.

I’d also like to thank the efforts of those behind the scenes that have worked tirelessly to bring the selected films to the many venues for your viewing pleasure. They are …Michelle Care, Cindy Lou Howard, Chaz Rough, Regina Weber, Dwayne Downing, Brett Bachmann, and Brian Cullinan, all the volunteers and others who prefer to remain anonymous.

We lost a few this past year that were valued contributors to our festival. Don and Carol Hamilton, and Rick Campbell. I would like to dedicate this year’s festival in their honor.

Ingmar Bergman once said, “No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul.”  So let’s turn out the lights, raise the curtain and make yourself comfortable.  Welcome to Louisville’s International Festival of Film 2023!

Conrad Bachmann

Co-Founder/Executive Director

“I make pictures to tell a story, to tell lies, and to amuse.”

-Federico Fellini


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Festival Staff & Advisory Board

Michelle Care

LIFF Festival Creative Director & Technology

Cindy Lou Howard

Festival Coordinator

Dwayne Downing

President, SMART, LLC & Festival Technology Director

Gary Marsh

President & Creator of Breakdown Services
Actor’s Access – Hollywood, CA

Lily Tomlin

Emmy Winning Actress

Lesa Seibert

President, Xstreme Media, LLC