Austin Lift-Off Film Festival 2022

Austin Lift-Off Film Festival joins the raging and eclectic cultural scene in this bustling capital city of Texas. Celebrating work from the state and far beyond!

Lift-Off Global Network has had a lot of success in finding work worthy for the American marketplace, and we are sure that Austin Lift-Off Film Festival is an exceptional gateway for real talent looking for real opportunities that aid in that next step in their careers.

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. 

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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 AFMOur 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

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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...

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 competition which runs parallel with the respective live city screenings - where the top two winners get official selections at an upcoming Lift-Off Film Festival.


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.
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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

Selected screenplays will be spotlighted in a newsletter and on our Network Hub and will receive Professional Lift-Off Membership for one year (worth $189). 

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. The films are scored and the top voted films are then promoted into our internal Network Round, where the Jury and our Network's Professional Members vote for the winners. Winners are announced, prizes and Season Award Nominations are given for the content chosen during this final round.

Lift-Off Season Award Nominations are handed out based on merit within each category and are judged against the current crop of nominations we have so far from our City based festivals this Season. To get a sense of the event please check out our previous Season Award videos on YouTube:

Digital online submission screeners only.

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.

Overall Rating
  • Muito muito bom! Estão todos de parabéns. Me senti muito honrada e feliz. Parabéns a todos!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for screening your work with us Andrea!

  • Thank you for the official selection and I love the worldwide lift off festivals.

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jason, pleasure to screen Gray in our Shorts programme!

  • Dapper Devil Productions

    Lift Off is unlike anything else and we love it.

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for screening with us! Best of luck with the rest of your festival circuit.

  • PJ Koelbel

    Thank you for including my film!

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    Our pleasure PJ! Best of luck with the rest of your festival circuit.

  • ofu obekpa

    Great festival and pleasant people to work with. The Lift off community as a whole is amazing.

    June 2021
    Response from festival:

    We can't wait to get you on our YouTube channel for the Directors Round Table Ofu, to dive deeper into your film that so many audience members loved!