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
  • 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
  • Michael Bliss

    Well organized Festival! Great communication.

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Michael. We would love to know more about what's next in your filmmaking timeline, be sure to reach out to us via the Lift-Off Network Festival Hub :)

  • Randy Messersmith

    Thank you for including Saving Faith in May 2022's edition of Austin Lift Off Festival online! The communication throughout the process was exceptional and I enjoyed watching Natalie's updates on the progress of the films. Even though I did not move on to the Network round, this format is a fantastic way for a new filmmaker to get their film scene by a larger audience. Hope to submit again soon!

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    We are delighted to hear you had a great experience screening with us, Randy. The Youtube announcements are a fun and engaging way for us to communicate with all the filmmakers taking part. We look forward to seeing your next film and continue to follow your journey with Saving Faith.

  • alfred williams

    Wow! Thanks Austin Lift-Off Film Festival for allowing my Sci-Fi Comedy "Alien Invasion Now!" to be part of your festival! Thanks for everything!
    Alfred M. Williams, Writer /Director of "Alien Invasion Now!"

    May 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for being a part of the festival we look forward to seeing what you do next, Alfred!