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.

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:

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.



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 either as part of our physical event or our online festival. Our programmes 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 premier status, it's age and/or whether your work has been made available online.

Overall Rating
  • Fantastic range of films. We did very well and do appreciate those who watched our film. Lift-Off are the best organized and good people backing the whole operation. Great communication.

    May 2021
  • Dear London Lift-Off Team,
    the complete rapidea-records film team is very happy, that our film "Berlin Bernauer Strasse - Time Travel" was part of the London Lift-Off Festival. More information about the documentation on
    Best Regards
    Dr. Ingo Bruchhold

    April 2021
  • A.Hassan Keivan

    It is an honor to be a part of this wonderful festival and so happy that my film "Who are we?" has got "official selection" 2020. Many thanks to judges and to all London Lift-Off film festival team for their decision

    January 2021
  • Since there was no in-person festival I can't really rate hospitality, but everything else has been a great experience. The interviews have not been posted online yet but I thought the questions were fun.
    I very much appreciate a free membership professional network for a year. I will definitely take advantage.

    January 2021
  • The London Film Festival was amazing! This team really rock Their film selection was marvelous! My team from UnTie Me documentary and I have learned so much with the Lift-Off Networks. Thank you for having us!

    January 2021