Berlin Lift-Off Film Festival 2022.

Home of the European Film Market, Berlin is a city bursting with opportunity for the ambitious filmmaker. A place for the creatively inspired to thrive. A place for talent to be discovered.

The centre of Europe and a capital city bursting with a unique culture that has got to be seen to be believed.

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. Simply copy and paste this link into a separate tab:

Berlin Lift-Off is the first festival in the Lift-Off Global Network's circuit of film industry-relevant city-based film festivals. Playing a pinnacle role in professionally showcasing filmmakers looking to get their work in front of a truly global audience. Berlin Lift-Off comes with unique opportunities for our filmmakers' skill-sets to be showcased inside a market that is hungry for new talent and fresh ideas.



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
- Access to a detailed 5-week production accelerator course

For more information please head to our website:

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.


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

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 works Premiere status, it's age and/or whether your work has been made available online.

Overall Rating
  • Clément Hudelot

    It was an amazing experience, the festival had this really nice and friendly atmosphere. We were really glad meeting the Lift Off crew, the other film makers and the public. We absolutely recommend this festival !

    March 2020
  • Well organized, well attended, small festival.

    March 2019
  • Leonard Carow

    Had a wonderful experience at the Berlin Lift-Off! They are very interested in bringing people together and helping filmmakers have their short films be seen. And they are just freakishly friendly. Can absolutely recommend it!

    February 2019
  • Jim Kroft

    Magnificent to experience Berlin Lift-Off Festival. Set in the one friendliest and best located cinemas - Il Kino - right on Maybachufer - which provided the perfect backdrop. The hosts were incredibly welcoming, and it was a great surprise that the cinema was already virtually sold out at 6pm on a Tuesday upon arrival. Thank you everyone at Lift-Off for a great evening and the great work you are doing to connect filmmakers everywhere. Best wishes, a perfect evening!

    February 2019
  • Jacob Nizzola

    Lift Off is all about one thing...Community. The moment you are selected you feel a part of something special. From the personal contact to help you push your social media prescence and attendance levels, to the genuine audience feedback cards to the industry contacts you are left with after the festival. This is what film festivals should be about and I'm proud to have been a part of it. Here is to many more submissions and collaborations!

    March 2017