The Lund International Fantastic Film Festival was founded in 1995. The festival is dedicated to horror, science fiction and fantasy films from different countries. In 2001, LIFFF joined the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFF), a film organization dedicated to supporting and promoting European genre cinema.
In 2015, LIFFF was divided into two parts. The first part takes place in Malmö. It hosts the Méliès d’Or Competition. This is a cinema competition organized by affiliated members of EFFFF. The inaugural Malmö edition took place in September, but in 2015 it was moved to spring. The main festival is held in Lund in October.
The Lund International Fantastic Film Festival is the largest film festival dedicated to sci-fi films and B movies in Scandinavia. Its rich and diverse program features films from more than 40 different countries. The festival always focuses on European cinema, partly because of its close collaboration with EFFFF. At least 75% of films screened at LIFFF are European. Absolutely all films in the festival program are premieres (Swedish, Scandinavian, European or world).
The festival office is located in the Lund city hall which serves as the festival hub during the event. Films screenings are held in several downtown movie theaters. In Malmö, the screenings take place in the Spegeln theater. Since 2011, LIFFF has been also organizing a movie quiz in Malmö. Some events and screenings are hosted by other neighboring cities.
Ever year, the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival invites special guests – film directors, producers, screenwriters and actors whose films are in the festival program. The guests often participate in Q&A sessions after the screenings. Notable guests from previous festivals include filmmakers Peter Greenway, Terry Gilliam, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Marc Caro, Alexandre Aja, writer Neil Gaiman, actor Corey Feldman, actress Jennifer Ulrich.