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.

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.

Fee Waivers, Priority Screenings, Jobs Database, Scripts Database, and much more...

Lift-Off Global Network offers to you the chance to join our Network Members' platform. An "industry within the industry" and a place to build your career with showcases, education, festival screenings, and limitless fee waivers to all of our events for your content. We have so much to offer our members via Lift-Off Professional and Intermediate Memberships; the list is endless. We are sure that fee waivers and a priority on screening your work worldwide are worth your attention.

For more information please head to our website: www.liftoff.network

Our Professional Membership is an annual subscription of $189, it entitles you to the following benefits...

- Fee waivers across our entire festival network - (worth $700)
- Free tickets to all of our events around the world
- Access to a real-time global jobs board - work within the industry
- Access to a huge scripts database
- Contact screenwriters from all over the world
- Upload your own scripts
- Apply for global production support
- Apply for career guidance

Intermediate membership is an annual subscription of $89, which entitles you to,

-Free Submission to Showcases
-Launch Your Projects
-Free Tickets to Festivals
-Film Industry Jobs
-Production Support
-Career Road-Mapping
-Find Scripts & Screenplays

And much more...

The Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network is fast becoming a community within itself. Our prizes and awards stretch from the submission level, all the way through to our 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.

This is what all Lift-Off Film Festivals have to offer our submitters, high scoring films, official selections 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 highly, 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 in tandem with the respective live city screenings - where the winner receives an official selection for a live upcoming Lift-Off festival.

❀ Script Selections ❀

The top 5 Screenplays will be showcased across the Network Members' 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 on platform. The portal is a curated database of quality scripts that are looking for production.

Lift-Off Network 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.


At the festivals.
Shorts, Music Videos and New Media...inc Web Series.

❀ Short Film Prizes.Live Action Narrative and Documentaries ❀
Win Official Selections at proceeding Lift-Off Film Festivals.

❀ Nominations Short Films ❀
When short films screen at any Lift-Off Film Festival they are automatically open to receiving nominations for the Lift-Off Season Awards, held at the world famous Pinewood Studios at the end of our season, shortly after London Lift-Off.

Nominations for Shorts, Music Videos and New Media.

Best Short Live Action Narrative
Best Short Documentary
Best Short Animation
Best Music Video
Best Web Series
Best Director (open for shorts, features and new media)
Best Actor (open for shorts, features and new media)
Best Acting Ensemble (open for shorts, features and new media)


Features. Live Action Narrative. Documentary.

❀ Feature Film Prizes. Live Action Narrative and Documentaries. Official Selection at the next proceeding Lift-Off Film Festival.

Nominations for Feature Films.

Best Feature Live Action Narrative
Best Feature Documentary
Best Feature Animation
Best Post Production
Best Art Direction
Best Cinematography
Best Director (open for shorts, features and new media)
Best Actor (open for shorts, features and new media)
Best Acting Ensemble (open for shorts, features and new media)

❀ Lift-Off Family Membership ❀

After all of the above, you will be regarded as part of the Lift-Off Family for the years to come. We want you to continue to engage with us, and as we grow we will welcome select directors in helping us to build our own productions, projects, and hopefully, join our jury and selection committees.

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
  • 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
  • Vlad Dorofte

    My film got qualified for Lift-Off Seoul and James, Ben and the rest of the team are very dedicated to their work. I got a phone call from someone on the team that gave valuable advice about how I should be marketising my film from a distance and make an efficient PR campaign for the screening. Aside from the chance to meet other filmmakers and network you, together with the rest of the public, get the chance to rate the films you see. I got all the rating of my film from the public. Priceless for any filmmaker: veteran and beginner as well. Staff is very friendly and communication is prompt. Definitely recommend!

    March 2017