Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival 2022
- Physical Screenings in the City
- Networking, Workshops & Events
- Film Market Representation
- Lift-Off Season Award Nomination Qualifiers
- Season Award Winners Screen at Every Lift-Off Film Festival in 2023!

Set in one of Europe's most accessible and beautiful cities, Amsterdam Lift-Off aims to showcase our filmmakers' talents with a week-long celebration on an extensive audience choice awards platform.

For over ten years Amsterdam Lift-Off has been introducing Dutch audiences to international indie cinema and Northern European cinema with international audiences. Screenings take place at the artistic powerhouse which is 'LAB 111' - an exceptional supporter of Lift-Off and the wider indie film industry that has the perfect 'state of the art' cinema for screening your work.

Learn more about the Lift-Off Global Network and how we support our filmmakers. Watch coverage from our festivals, see the interviews and engage with our live workshops directly from our YouTube Channel. Simply copy and paste this link into a separate tab:

Amsterdam Lift-Off 2021 is accepting more films than ever before. Due to the global pandemic, and the huge shift in audience behaviours we are no longer restricted by a venue's timetable. Please check our latest video where we explain exactly why we are using this situation to better serve the indie film community and your filmmaking aspirations:


Lift-Off Global Network invites you to join our Network Members' platform which will provide you with the resources you need to launch your filmmaking career.

Intermediate Membership is an annual subscription of $89, which entitles you to:

- Fee waivers to all Lift-Off Showcases (worth $300)
- Free tickets to Lift-Off Film Festivals and the Lift-Off Season Awards
- Career guidance from the Lift-Off co-founders
- The chance to apply for representation at international film markets including Cannes, EFM, and AFM

Our Professional Membership is an annual subscription of $189, everything Intermediate Membership offers you:

- Fee waivers across our entire festival network (worth $700)
- Access to an international film jobs database
- Access to scripts from our Network
- Upload your own scripts
- Access to a detailed 5-week production accelerator course

For more information please head to our website:

Our prizes and awards stretch from the submission level, all the way through to the Lift-Off Season Awards at the end of each year. We offer as much as possible to all who submit, our officially selected filmmakers, our nominees, and winners.

At the submission level.

Value for your submission fee. Exclusive content emailed to every submitter up-to 24hrs from the time of submission.

High scoring films. If your film scores high but isn't included in our final programme you will be invited to our Lift-Off Online Film Festival initiative, an online competitions which run parallel with the respective live city screenings - where the top two winners get official selections at either of the next two Lift-Off cities.


The Lift-Off Season Awards

To celebrate and look back on the Lift-Off Season, Lift-Off host a prestigious awards ceremony called the Lift-Off Season Awards. The black tie event sees filmmakers, press, and industry professionals gather at the world-famous Lift-Off Season Awards for a night of awards, music, and networking.

Visit to find out more.

Nominees are chosen after each Lift-Off Film Festival.
The categories:

Best Feature Live Action Narrative
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Live Action Narrative
Best Short Documentary
Best Director
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Music Video
Best Animation
Best Art Direction
Best Cinematography
Best Post Production
Best Screenplay
Best Actor
Best First-Time Film

We can’t wait to see which films get nominated this year!


Script Selections

The top 5 Screenplays will be showcased across the Community platform, featured in the Lift-Off newsletter which is sent to our 35,000 filmmakers, and shared across social media.

Screenwriters will be invited to include their work in our online Community portal. The portal is a curated database of quality scripts that are looking for production.

Lift-Off Community directors and producers are actively looking for projects to develop. They can use the portal to find their next potential projects, and contact the writers directly to discuss the optioning of scripts, development and rights.
All entries should be completed scripts, short or feature length, and you should be actively looking for collaboration or development.

If you pay a submission fee, we will screen your work. Our programme's are separated into categories based on your content's level of storytelling, production value, message and acting. During the festival we have two voting committees - our professional jury and the general public.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our online festivals are NOT a pay for vote platform. If you invite your friends and family to watch either the physical or online screenings it is encouraged that they engage with as much of the content as possible and vote accordingly. This is why two votes are always counted from each audience member with both votes resulting in 1 point for each film. We are doing our best to invite new and exciting audiences to genuine indie film content - if you can encourage your audiences to do the same we will build a wonderful network of opportunity for all, no matter where you are starting out.

Proudly, we have no other restrictions for your work. This includes your work's premier status, it's age and/or whether your work has been made available online.

Overall Rating
  • Great Festival πŸ”ΉThank you to hosting our film JUST LIKE WATER πŸ”΅ Greetings from Greece πŸ‡¬πŸ‡·

    September 2022
  • Great World Wide Festival! Thank you for the selection!

    February 2022
  • Lift Off Network has been a great experience and their transparency in terms of views and votes is always admirable. would definitely recommend it to other filmmakers.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for these comments, we appreciate it and are thrilled you enjoyed the festival. We would LOVE to know more about what's next in your filmmaking timeline Abhimanyu, be sure to reach out to us via the Lift-Off Network Festival Hub :)

  • Juan Ramos

    As all the other Lift off global network festivals. The experience was fantastic and exciting, a great group of films, we are proud to be included with, great communication, love the round ups, and the hub. Can’t wait for things to go back to normal, but you guys have done a monumental job during the pandemic, Bravo. Thanks for the opportunity, and the exposure.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Great to have you as part of our filmmaker network Juan! Thank you for tuning in for the events like the round up streams. It's been an interesting curveball of a year, but we are also excited to get back to some normality soon! We would love to stay in touch via the Lift-Off Network Festival Hub :)

  • Michael Dennis McGeehan

    A collection of transcending, meditative, and reflective films. Trendsetter Shorts, with a range of budgets and production values, offered insightful windows into a vast array of cultures, and awe inspiring landscapes. With focus groups, feedback, roundtables and judges input Lift-off lives up to its name! πŸš€πŸš€πŸš€πŸš€πŸš€

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Lovely to hear, thanks Michael. Really great to see you enjoyed the elements that ran alongside your screening of Anxiety Dream. Pleasure to have you on the Hub too - a platform that you'll have always have access to now, so stay in touch!