For 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.

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.

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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

For more information please head to our website: https://liftoff.network

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.

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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 https://liftoff.network/season-awards/ 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!

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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.

We accept all films and scripts in any length or genre.
Digital online submission screeners only.
Feedback is sent shortly after the commencement of the festival.

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

*Amsterdam is very much an English speaking city - subtitles are not required.

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  • Nathalie K.

    Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend personally but the communication and the possibilities lift off provides us indie film makers were excellent! Thank you so much for adding my short as part of your program!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Nathalie, it was a pleasure screening your work :)

  • Caroline Dehareng

    It was a pleasure to meet the team and the others directors. Thanks again !

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Caroline, we really appreciate it and we're excited to see what you make next!

  • It's a really nice festival, at supurb location at LAB111. Thanks for screening my short film. I also was really happy to win best local film :).

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Bastiaan! It was a pleasure meeting you and screening your film. We can't wait to bring On Air to Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival as well :)

  • I showed my short film last year and it was great. The hospitality was really warm and friendly. I have just submitted a new film of mine and hope to be invited for a second time :).

    October 2018
  • Lacoupure Films

    Very good organisation. Thank you !

    October 2017