Little White Lies is an arbiter of taste when it comes to the world of film. We’re wholly independent – driven by creativity and originality. We publish news, reviews, profiles, feature stories and interviews across digital and print. We also commission original video works, short documentaries and essay films.
What sort of articles does LWLies accept?
I’d like to review X film for you!
We have limited capacity for reviews as so many films come out every week across theatrical and streaming and we cannot physically cover every single one. We tend to stick to a mix of mainstream and indie releases and work to the UK release calendar. Most reviews are commissioned for our print issue, and are assigned to writers who we work with regularly; these are often fairly quick turnaround or require attending a press screening, so it’s easiest for us to work with writers we have some familiarity with. It’s very rare that we will commission a review from a cold pitch unless there are special circumstances.
What about film festivals?
We cover a variety of major and indie film festivals and work with freelancers on coverage. If you have access to an interesting title that you feel deserves more coverage – and it has a release date or festival play – we’d be keen to hear about it. For major festivals (Cannes, Venice, Berlinale, Toronto, etc) we usually have tried and trusted writers in attendance. For smaller festivals we may commission festival reports, or a review of a particularly high profile premiere. It’s always best to pitch us coverage of specific titles/strands rather than a general ‘Do you need any coverage?’ email. We don’t tend to run festival coverage much more than a month after the festival.
How about interviews?
Major interviews are usually assigned via the editors, but we’re always keen to hear about interesting opportunities and talent. If you have access to someone doing cool things in film, be it a filmmaker, actor or below-the-line talent, get in touch!
Do you cover television?
Yes! We don’t do recaps, but we do cover shows with 800-1000 word reviews or opinion pieces. We could also be tempted by video game coverage IF there is a clear connection to cinema.
What kinds of stories is LWLies looking for?
Interesting, original takes on the art of filmmaking and the state of the film industry. Commentary on news stories, essays on cult or underseen movies, a fresh take on a classic; we want pieces that cut through the noise and speak truth to power about movies. Keep your pitch short and sweet. Zero in on your angle and condense your pitch into a single paragraph. Keep in mind: Who or what you would like to cover; Why you are keen to cover them now; When you would be able to deliver the piece. What makes you the right person to take this on.
News: Reactive pieces with first-hand reporting and commentary. We cover the whole gamut of cinema – as well as TV – so feel free to pitch on the latest MCU or Netflix offering, or a four-hour minimalist epic from China. Just make sure your angle is in keeping with our tone. We don’t want recycled press releases or the latest casting rumours, although these can become the hook for another, more original piece.
Profiles: Interesting characters shaping film culture today – directors, below-the-line personalities, activists, people with a story to tell. Try to address why we should cover them now. We usually cover interviews with big-name directors and actors ourselves, so again, we’re looking more to hear about people we might not already know.
Opinion: Strong perspectives pegged to current news, delivered in under 800 words (online only). These pieces often have a rapid half-life, so how quickly can you turn this around? We also run anniversary pieces if there is a worthwhile angle. Take a look at our website to get a feel for what we look for in these pieces. We have a few regular strands that you are welcome to pitch a piece for.
In Praise Of…
Pieces about a specific element of a film, from a performance to a soundtrack to cinematography, or possibly a profile of a filmmaker, artist or actor. These are focused essays between 800-1000 words and could be tied to an anniversary.
Why I Love…
What X Taught Me About…
These can be more personal opinion essays, either about a specific film and how it relates to your life, or a specific performance.
This is by no means an exhaustive list and we’re always looking for pitches that are fresh or think outside the box.
Video essays: We’re looking for short, impactful video pieces which connect to an audience of film fans and beyond. We’re not just after in-depth themed montage works – if you have an idea for a 60-second piece that might find its audience through our social media channels, let us know.
Who should I email?
Send your pitch to the relevant person below:
(Long Lead/Print: Interviews, Features, Profiles, Reviews)
(Short Lead/Online: News, Reviews, Opinion, Profiles, Features, Festivals)
We work on a print issue 2-3 months in advance. Online we work about a month or two in advance; if you’re pitching an anniversary piece, please do so no more than three months in advance, unless there is a heavy research/interview element that will need securing.
I pitched you but I didn’t get a reply!
We really try to reply to all pitch emails but the reality is we get a lot of them and sometimes things slip through the cracks. If it’s been a week and you haven’t had a response, please do feel free to follow up. If your pitch is timely, please indicate this in the subject line.
How do I pitch an illustration?
Through our online and print version, LWLies is powered by original illustration, and we’re always looking for new collaborators. We are not able to offer feedback to all submissions, but if you’d like to be considered send your portfolio and a short note to our artistic director, Laurène Boglio: email@example.com
What are your terms?
Please refer to our contributors terms before undertaking a commission for LWLies. Contact your editor if you have any questions. All contributions to LWL are paid so please don’t offer your services for free. We pay 30 days from invoice date, and you can invoice as soon as your piece is live unless otherwise agreed. All invoices need to go to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the title and date of your piece, plus your editor, URL to the piece and the fee agreed.
Can you review my film?
We’re only a very small team, and we have a lot of films to review each week, so we cannot commit to reviewing every film that is sent for review consideration.
I have a question not listed here…
Email us and we’ll do our best to answer!