๐€๐”๐’๐“๐ˆ๐ ๐‹๐ˆ๐…๐“-๐Ž๐…๐… ๐…๐ˆ๐‹๐Œ ๐…๐„๐’๐“๐ˆ๐•๐€๐‹ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’

"...๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘จ๐’–๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’‡๐’•-๐‘ถ๐‘ญ๐‘ญ ๐‘ญ๐’Š๐’๐’Ž ๐‘ญ๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’‚๐’ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‚๐’ ๐’†๐’™๐’„๐’†๐’๐’๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’—๐’Š๐’…๐’†๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’Ž ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’†๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’…๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’˜๐’„๐’‚๐’”๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’Œ. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’‚๐’ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’˜๐’†๐’๐’-๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’›๐’†๐’…, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‚๐’•๐’Ž๐’๐’”๐’‘๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’Š๐’” ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’„๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’„๐’๐’๐’๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’." โญโญโญโญโญ
๐——๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—น ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ƒ, ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ

โญ Lift-Off Season Awards Qualifying
โญ Screenings, Networking, Workshops & Events
โญ In-Competition Online Screenings
โญ Network Hub Access, Focus Groups & more...!

Learn more about the Lift-Off Season
๐Ÿ‘‰ liftoff.network/season

Get ready to have your creativity celebrated at the Austin Lift-Off Film Festival in the vibrant capital city of Texas! This festival is a part of the thriving and diverse cultural scene in Austin and celebrates film from not just Texas, but from all around America and the rest of the world. Submit your work and be a part of Austin Lift-Off Film Festival!

Join us at the famous Lift-Off Networking-Speed-Date session, followed by drinks and a party! Can't attend live? Don't worry - there are plenty of online events and networking opportunities.

Festival Winners are placed on the shortlist for the Lift-Off Season Awards Nominations to be considered by the Lift-Off Jury. Season Award Nominations are screened at the prestigious John Barry cinema in Pinewood Studios. The Season Awards recognise the best films from across the Lift-Off Season.

Find out more about the Season Awards
๐Ÿ‘‰liftoff.network/seasonawards

You'll find free content on our YouTube Channel, such as live workshops, interviews with filmmakers, news updates, and more. Subscribe!
๐Ÿ‘‰ https://www.youtube.com/c/liftoffglobalnetwork

๐†๐„๐“ ๐…๐‘๐„๐„ ๐’๐”๐๐Œ๐ˆ๐’๐’๐ˆ๐Ž๐๐’ ๐“๐Ž ๐€๐‹๐‹ ๐‹๐ˆ๐…๐“-๐Ž๐…๐… ๐…๐ˆ๐‹๐Œ ๐…๐„๐’๐“๐ˆ๐•๐€๐‹๐’ ๐–๐ˆ๐“๐‡ ๐๐„๐“๐–๐Ž๐‘๐Š ๐Œ๐„๐Œ๐๐„๐‘๐’๐‡๐ˆ๐:

โญ Fee waivers to all Lift-Off Festivals & Showcases (worth $300)
โญ Apply for representation at international film markets, including Cannes, EFM, and AFM
โญ Access to international film jobs
โญ Networking, Workshops & Online Events

Find out more about Lift-Off Network Membership
๐Ÿ‘‰ liftoff.network/membership

๐—”๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐——๐—ฆ ๐—จ๐—ฃ ๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ ๐—š๐—ฅ๐—”๐—•๐—ฆ

๐Ÿ† Audience Choice Award
๐Ÿ† Best Film in Category
๐Ÿ† Jury's Special Mention
๐Ÿ† Best Screenplay

๐‹๐ˆ๐…๐“-๐Ž๐…๐… ๐๐„๐“๐–๐Ž๐‘๐Šโ€™๐’ ๐‚๐Ž๐Œ๐๐„๐“๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ & ๐€๐–๐€๐‘๐ƒ๐’ ๐’๐“๐‘๐”๐‚๐“๐”๐‘๐„

The Official Selections are reviewed by the Judging Panel and receive scores from the attending audience throughout the festival. After the festival closes, the weighted scores are combined, and the top-scoring films are promoted into the internal 'Network Round'.

The Network Round is hosted on the Lift-Off Network Hub, where the Lift-Off Jury and Network Hub Members score the films and vote for the winners.

After the festival closes, prizes are awarded, and winning projects are placed on the Season Award Nominations Shortlist. Lift-Off Season Award Nominations are allocated by the Jury based on merit within each category.

Find out more about our awards & judging process:
๐Ÿ‘‰ liftoff.network/awards

๐’๐„๐€๐’๐Ž๐ ๐€๐–๐€๐‘๐ƒ ๐๐Ž๐Œ๐ˆ๐๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐๐’

Lift-Off Season Award nominations screen at Lift-Off's HQ, the prestigious Pinewood Studios, during the celebration held at the end of the Lift-Off Season. The Season Awards celebrates the best-of-the-best of the projects nominated throughout the Lift-Off Season.

For more info ๐Ÿ‘‰ liftoff.network/seasonawards

Austin Lift-Off Film Festival Rules and Terms
- All support queries must be sent via. support@liftoff.network
- All submissions are to be sent digitally via FilmFreeway
- Project feedback (where applicable) is sent shortly after the festival closes.
- If you pay a submission fee, we will screen your work. Our online programmes are separated into categories based on your content's level of storytelling, production value, impact and acting.
- We have two separate voting committees during the festival - the official judging panel & the general public
- The official jury allocates Season Award Nominations
- Proudly, we have no other restrictions for screening your work. This includes your work's premier status, age, and/or whether your work is available online.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The online festivals are NOT pay-for-vote platforms. Whilst participating filmmakers may invite their team, friends and family to participate & vote, it is encouraged that ALL attending audiences engage with as much of the content as possible and vote accordingly. We are doing our best to invite new and exciting audiences to genuine indie content - if you can encourage your audiences to do the same, we will build a wonderful network of opportunities for all, no matter where you are starting your career.

Overall Rating
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  • Thomas Harman

    Enjoyed our experience with Austin Lift-Off. Delighted with with the feedback for our film Riot in the Meadow narrated by Roberta Taylor (Luther) (EastEnders) and featuring Artist Vicky Hawkins.

    October 2023
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    Response from festival:

    We love your work Thomas, we loved having you with us in Austin, and we really want to continue the journey with you as it is obvious that it is going to be a bright one, that's for sure!

  • Matt Howe

    I wonโ€™t be submitting to this festival again. I had two films (a narrative and doc) get selected. I sent them the files, and confirmed the information on the films was correct before the festival had started. The first day my films were messed up. They had only had the narrative up but it was also under my docs information and place. When I contacted the festival to know of their mistake it took several days before they would contact me again and every time I responded it would take several days again for them to respond again. By the time they were able to fix it the festival was almost over and people who had bought tickets to see the doc were told they would have to buy new tickets to watch it and would not get a refund for the first purchase even though itโ€™s not what they paid to see. Company is horrible at getting a hold of and fixing their mistakes. Save yourself the trouble and stay clear of this one.

    September 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Matthew,

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. And I'm sorry to hear that we didn't meet your expectations.

    We loved having your films 'The Reunion' and 'Lone Star Surf' screen with us in the Local Filmmaker Shorts programme.

    Our policy is to respond to emails within 24 hours, and I can see on our email system that our policy was adhered to in this instance.

    I apologise that your films were mixed up in the initial programming. Before a festival goes live, we ask all participants to double everything during the 'filmmaker preview weekend'. Listings must be correct before we go live to the general public.

    In this case, your request for amendments came after the festival started, which we did our best to alter. After we received the correct files on Saturday, 8th April, the team got straight to work fixing the problem after the weekend.

    After correcting your listings, I see the festival ran for 18 days. I apologise that they were not correct from the beginning.

    Our policy is to refund 100% of people not entirely happy with their ticket purchase. And I can't see any requests for ticket refunds on the system. Please ask anyone affected to contact support, and we will refund them immediately.

    I also add (for others who may be reading this response) that participating filmmakers take part for free and do not need to purchase a ticket.

    We are here to help; please reach out to support@liftoff.network if you would like to discuss anything.

    Thanks again for your feedback, and we wish you all the best!

  • We were so happy driverless go accepted and nominated. thank you.

    May 2023
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    Response from festival:

    We loved having your work with us as well. Keep those project coming in Stephen!!

  • I absolutely LOVE this festival! Thanks so much for honoring my feature, The Ferry man, with a selection.

    May 2023
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    Response from festival:

    The Ferry Man was one of our favourites Mary, thank you so much for the kind words.

  • Mickael Bandela

    Thank's to the jury to chose One mother as the winner for the best feature doc!!!

    May 2023