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 your 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.

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.
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
  • fogata films

    The Lift-Off crew rock!
    During pandemicallicious we live all viral. They have this concept owned. Great festival experience...fogata films

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Whilst we can't wait to get back to live events, it's always good to take the positives, and we're so glad you enjoyed and made the most of the online festival. Thank you for screening with us!

  • Thank you so
    Much for choosing the 7/9 for the program.
    Communication is great. Great network!
    The big honor for our team!

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing your work with our platform Alexey!

  • kathryn carmichael

    What a great festival! Thank you Liftoff for all your weekly live posts on Youtube, and also your workshops and networking! I know it would have been brilliant to actually be there in person, but I felt that all the team made it feel as much like that as they could. We were thriller to receive the Special Mention Award for our short film in the Judges Choice for IRIDESCENT and our film will now screen at the London Liftoff Film Festival. Great festival with an amazing supportive team.

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words Kathryn! It's been a pleasure to be a part of this film's journey, which the audience in London will love!

  • Richard Oliver

    Deeply honored to be selected for my music video HERO, hopefully, next year after Covid19 is no more, il be able to fly down to Germany to experience it even more. HERO - a tribute to all the frontline Healthcare Workers NYC neighboring states and across our entire globe who have made and who continue to make in the very midst of this 4th Wave, the extreme sacrifice for US ❤ in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic and new Delta variant. This essential worker (chef) proudly accepts this award on your behalf, know that i didn't forget you....
    On behalf of my myself and my entire cast and crew, thank you Berlin Lift - Off staff, for seeing my vision of gratitude through my artistic eyes ... you are NY Tough! :-) look out for more of my best work to come... Best. Richard Oliver Jr. (ICP Entertainment)

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    We would love to see you out in Germany next year Richard!

  • Ji Yang

    Great festival, really enjoyed, thanks a lot.

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for screening with us Ji, all the best with the rest of your festival circuit.