Austin Lift-Off Film Festival 2023
- Networking, Workshops & Events
- Film Market Representation
- Qualifies for Lift-Off Global Network Season Award Nominations
- Season Award Winners Screen at Every Lift-Off Film Festival!

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.

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. They were very good with communication and making a filmmaker feel appreciated.

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the lovely review, Scott.

  • It was an honor to have had "The Distance" be part of this festival. I wish I would have had more of an opportunity to interact during this time (life kinda happened to me during the event), because they offer a lot of networking and social events. They are very engaging and encouraging. and I only hope to have another opportunity such as this again.

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Philip. It's a shame you were unable to get involved with the networking events but I'm sure there will be lots of opportunities in the near future. All the best.

  • This is my first time as a producer, and it’s been a wonderful experience. Thank you so much for how awesome y’all were.

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Navigating festivals as a first time producer, filmmaker, or director can be tricky. We are happy to hear you had a wonderful experience with Lift-Off!

  • The Violet Crown!!! What an honor to have had Free Facts make an appearance!

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    It's a great venue for the festival that's for sure, but an even better one for your film! Thank you so much for submitting and engaging with the network Branjae! We can't wait to see what you do next!!!

  • Thank you for awarding me. I am very proud to have been distinguished in your very beautiful festival. It's very important for me to share "A day will come" and I'm glad you like it.
    I wish you all the best,

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words, Nicolas. It means a lot to the Lift-Off team and we can not wait to see your next project :)