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Join the Lift-Off Global Network from our home at the world famous Pinewood Studios in the UK for a filmmaking showcase that puts you in the center of everything.

The film industry seems like a closed door for many. Festival rejections and lack of work opportunities with a very high career-fence to climb - appears to be the norm for all filmmakers starting out - and we want to change that. With this in mind, we have decided that the doors need to open and filmmakers starting out should be given valued insights into how they can use their skills and develop them so that they may become the future of the business.

The Lift-Off Global Network exists with the aim of launching filmmakers careers. Our First-Time Filmmakers Showcase is an event held at Pinewood Studios. It incorporates screenings, discussion, feedback and presentations by organizations eager to support grassroots filmmakers. It is a great insight into how festivals programme and how filmmakers can take their creative journeys to the next level. As film festivals grow in stature many of their programming habits lean toward the experienced and sometimes more-resourced filmmaker. This leaves the filmmakers who are starting out behind and at times disillusioned with the film festival model and the film industry on the whole.

This initiative has been created to give filmmakers on their initial journey the showcase, the tools, the platform and advice to build their careers from the right starting point, helping first-time filmmakers to realise their professional lives within film.

We have come to the realisation that we need to isolate, celebrate, nurture and award these talents. Screenings take place at the home of Lift-Off’s Annual Season Awards, followed by a timetable of events that include 1-2-1 surgeries with the Lift-Off Founders, presentations highlighting some insider secrets by industry based organisations, equipment suppliers and producers.

We are looking to build long lasting relationships with talented and passionate first-time filmmakers and support them from the very beginning of their career all the way through to global success. We know that no one person can make an entire film and we would love to have the key members of the production team behind each film attend the event. The day will be filled with opportunities to network with other like-minded, first time, filmmakers who will no doubt have insightful views about your work and be able to provide you with inspiration for new projects and possibly even collaborate with you in the future.

There will be opportunities throughout the day to have your questions answered and this will enable filmmakers who attend the event to forge long lasting relationships which will be essential in the future! For each production team, there will also be a group peer review session in the beautiful Pinewood Studios boardroom. In this session, there will be a full discussion about the various films which have been screened during the day based on feedback from the attendees. Filmmakers will also have the opportunity to have a one-on-one meet and greet with the Lift-Off Co-founders James Bradley and Ben Pohlman.

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

Lift-Off Global Network offers to you the chance to join our 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...

Awards & Prizes.

Our goal is to offer as much as possible to all who submit, our officially selected filmmakers, our nominees and winners. At the submission level we offer value for your submission fee with exclusive content and a 24-page e-book, highlighting...

♠ Submitting to the large festivals
♠ Discussing classic mistakes on the festival circuit
♠ Highlighting the right festival submission strategy
♠ Some golden rules for success
♠ Tips on how to start building a realistic filmmaking career

Emailed to every submitter up to 24hrs from the time of submission. Everyone in attendance at the event will receive fee waivers to a Lift-Off Film Festival of their choice and membership to the Lift-Off Family!

There will be prizes for:

An Overall Winner - selected by the Lift-Off Co-Founders.
The winning film will receive an official Lift-Off selection, screening at the next Lift-Off event!

Special Mentions - handed out to films of particular note, the prize being a guaranteed official selection at a carefully chosen Lift-Off Film Festival.

We will provide filmmakers with opportunities towards a viable career path as an independent filmmaker, from attendance as a first-time filmmaker to the possibility of screening with us worldwide.

On top of this, is the huge potential of being invited to be part of one of the many upcoming Lift-Off productions planned for 2017 and beyond. With the instant usage of our production equipment valued over $75'000.

Invitations will only be offered to filmmakers (and their production teams) who have been selected by the in-house judges during the submissions process.

Proudly, we have no other restrictions for your work. This includes your works premier status, it's age and/or whether your work has been made available online.

Overall Rating
  • Tom Williams

    An awesome festival for industry professionals and newcomers alike situated in the heart of the British filmmaking industry. We enjoyed the tour of Pinewood Studios and the screenings felt professional and everybody's work was valued.

    June 2019
  • Fantastic festival to submit to for first time filmmakers. There were some great talks from directors in the industry, we met other filmmakers and were able to discuss each others films, the process and learnings. Came away positive and keen to make more films!

    May 2019
  • gareth bowen

    Thoroughly recommend applying for this Lift-Off Showcase. An inspiring day at Pinewood studios, with discussions with other filmmakers. We screened our short film and received valuable and insightful feedback. The team behind the festival are genuinely lovely and supportive people. Truly a festival for filmmakers.

    May 2019
  • Adam Lawrence

    A great day of sharing feedback with other filmmakers, inspirational talks and finding out more about the filmmaking process from other perspectives. A great insight into how Lift-Off can help kickstart a filmmaker’s career. Thanks for having us!

    April 2019
  • Thank you Lift-Off! You made us feel welcome and valued, gave us invaluable feedback and gave us the impression that you really care about the development of new filmmakers. I hope I can work with you all again soon.

    March 2019