"𝑰 𝒄𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒃𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒐 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒊𝒏𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒅𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒘𝒂𝒔. 𝑻𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒇𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒖𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒈𝒐𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒈 𝒘𝒂𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒇𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒊𝒍𝒎𝒔 𝒐𝒏 𝒂 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒎, 𝒔𝒖𝒄𝒉 𝒂𝒔 𝑽𝒊𝒎𝒆𝒐, 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒄𝒂𝒔𝒆, 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒖𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒘𝒂𝒕𝒄𝒉, 𝒊𝒔 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒆𝒙𝒑𝒆𝒄𝒕 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒂 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒇𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝒇𝒊𝒍𝒎 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒕. 𝑨𝒃𝒔𝒐𝒍𝒖𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒗𝒆𝒍𝒐𝒖𝒔!" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fillmaker, Laura Maria Isabel Ruiz Ocadiz
𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐒𝐓-𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄 𝐅𝐈𝐋𝐌𝐌𝐀𝐊𝐄𝐑 𝐒𝐄𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒
𝐇𝐎𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐃 𝐁𝐘 𝐋𝐈𝐅𝐓-𝐎𝐅𝐅 𝐆𝐋𝐎𝐁𝐀𝐋 𝐍𝐄𝐓𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐊
⭐ Winners Shortlisted for the Season Awards based at Pinewood Studios!
⭐ Audience Choice Awards!
⭐ In-Competition Online Screenings!
Learn more about Lift-Off Sessions
Lift-Off Sessions is designed to be the entry into the Lift-Off Global Network. Sessions is a monthly online showcase dedicated to screening a collection of globally submitted indie shorts and features (of all genres) from new voices to our global audiences.
Lift-Off Sessions isn't about selecting the best possible shorts or features from the films submitted to us; it is about providing a screening opportunity for everyone. An option we hope highlights and educates each month.
With startling data on declining audience figures for indie films, we decided to extend our resources to cater to all with an all-encompassing and welcoming platform where everyone can see the type of work and varying elements from as many projects as possible.
All selections will get an invaluable opportunity to engage with a wide range of contemporaries' work while supporting indie film and its continued success.
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𝐆𝐄𝐓 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄 𝐒𝐔𝐁𝐌𝐈𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒 𝐓𝐎 𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐋𝐈𝐅𝐓-𝐎𝐅𝐅 𝐅𝐈𝐋𝐌 𝐅𝐄𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐀𝐋𝐒 𝐖𝐈𝐓𝐇 𝐍𝐄𝐓𝐖𝐎𝐑𝐊 𝐌𝐄𝐌𝐁𝐄𝐑𝐒𝐇𝐈𝐏:
⭐ Fee waivers to all Lift-Off Festivals & Showcases (worth $300)
⭐ Apply for representation at international film markets, including Cannes, EFM, and AFM
⭐ Access to international film jobs
⭐ Networking, Workshops & Online Events
Find out more about Lift-Off Network Membership
🏆 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄 𝐋𝐈𝐅𝐓-𝐎𝐅𝐅 𝐌𝐄𝐌𝐁𝐄𝐑𝐒𝐇𝐈𝐏
All monthly finalists are awarded free Intermediate Membership worth $89. That will entitle them to free submissions across all of our Showcases and access to the Member's Hub & workshops, exciting global job opportunities, exclusive content and online networking opportunities.
🏆 𝐒𝐇𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐋𝐈𝐒𝐓 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐋𝐈𝐅𝐓-𝐎𝐅𝐅 𝐒𝐄𝐀𝐒𝐎𝐍 𝐀𝐖𝐀𝐑𝐃𝐒 @ 𝐏𝐈𝐍𝐄𝐖𝐎𝐎𝐃 𝐒𝐓𝐔𝐃𝐈𝐎𝐒!
Winners are placed on the shortlist for the Lift-Off Season Awards Nominations and considered by the Lift-Off Jury for a relevant SA nomination. 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.
🏆𝐋𝐈𝐅𝐓-𝐎𝐅𝐅 𝐒𝐄𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐏𝐄𝐓𝐈𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 & 𝐀𝐖𝐀𝐑𝐃𝐒 𝐒𝐓𝐑𝐔𝐂𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐄
Sessions is held online via Vimeo On Demand. With a guaranteed screening for all submitters, the films are judged by the official judging panel and receive scores from the attending audience. After the festival closes, the weighted scores are combined, and the top-scoring films are awarded.
🏆𝐀𝐔𝐃𝐈𝐄𝐍𝐂𝐄 𝐂𝐇𝐎𝐈𝐂𝐄 𝐀𝐖𝐀𝐑𝐃𝐒
Participating filmmakers may invite their team, friends and family to participate & vote. All attending audiences are encouraged to engage with as much 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 an excellent network of opportunities for all, no matter where you are starting your career.
🏆𝐒𝐄𝐀𝐒𝐎𝐍 𝐀𝐖𝐀𝐑𝐃 𝐍𝐎𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒
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 is a celebration of the best-of-the-best films from the Lift-Off Season.
Find out more about the Season Awards
- Each film needs to be the first filmmaking project undertaken by a core production team member (director, writer or producer) or the first project undertaken within five years of their previous project.
- All submissions are to be sent digitally via FilmFreeway
- All support queries must be sent via. firstname.lastname@example.org
- We have two voting committees during the festival - our 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 has been made 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.