London Lift-Off Film Festival is the longest-running Lift-Off event, having had our home at some of London's most prestigious screening locations, it still remains one of the best attended and press exposed Lift-Offs on the network.

The fastest growing film festival in Europe aims to showcase our filmmaker talents with a week-long celebration in a 100% audience choice awards platform at several interesting and prestigious London screening-locations. Winning films receive automatic official selections at subsequent globally based Lift-Off Film Festivals. All official selections are immediately considered for our end of season awards show at Pinewood Studios shortly after - where we award multiple categories.

It is definitely worth submitting to our other festivals as well to widen your work’s platform and maximise your networking opportunities. There are different judges per festival, giving your film a better chance of going forwards into the Lift-Off Network! The winner receives an official selection to an upcoming live Lift-Off festival.

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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

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

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.

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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.

Visit https://liftoff.network/season-awards/ to find out more.

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!

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

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  • sophie Gueydon

    Great festival, the team is really welcoming and does all they can to support filmmakers and help them network and show their work. I was the only woman director in my category and feel very lucky and proud to have had my short screened at the LiftOff Fest. The films were very diverse and high quality and the venues were top. thank you! Looking forward to come to another of their festivals in other cities.

    December 2018
  • Tristan Shepherd

    My films have screened at a fair few festivals in their time and I can honestly say Lift Off is one of the most welcoming, supportive and filmmaker friendly festivals I have had the pleasure of being part of. Lift Off have a strong focus on film marketing and the winners of each festival are taken on a worldwide tour of their other festivals, which stretch from Hong Kong to New York. No other festival offers that kind of global platform. They dedicate an enormous amount of personal attention to each individual filmmaker; offering advice, help with distribution and personal consultation. I highly recommend submitting to any and all of the Lift Off festivals.

    December 2016
  • Fred Casella

    Honest reviews from strangers who love film. Fabulous - how else do you improve? That alone makes it worth the entry fee, but London Lift-Off is so much more...

    December 2016
  • Matthew Burns

    I just got back from the London Lift-Off festival. This was the 2nd Lift-Off I've participated in (after Tokyo), and both were so much fun! I've received amazing support in search of distribution, and communication is always quick and helpful from Lift-Off. With their worldwide presence, I see Lift-Off creating trends that I predict will be mimicked by other festivals in the near future. I highly recommend submitting to them.

    December 2016
  • Ged Hunter

    We've been lucky enough to have had two films selected over the years into the lift off festival network. Its a great way for quality grass roots cinema to be seen, and the on going support from the festival founders has helped to inspire us to move forward. Also theres a great opportunity to have your film screened globally as part of there winners program. There is great range of cinema programmed.

    June 2016