Held at the beautiful screening rooms of the amazingly historic 'Raleigh Studios', in the beating heart of Hollywood: Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival is one of the top emerging Hollywood Film events and professional showcases for emerging talent. The only indie film competition which promises true global screening opportunities to its winners, open possibilities of representation, and direct links to global sales agents and distributors. All in a perfect setting of unparalleled exposure.

Not only is our festival a global showcase for filmmakers looking to take that next step, we provide a free service where we take your work to the major film markets AFM, Cannes, Berlin...etc All with the aim to getting your work acquired by distributors.

Lift-Off is a thriving global community of artists and your association can be as big as you want it to be. From global screenings, distribution, PR support and production work - just from submitting to us alone you are opening yourself up to some genuine opportunities that lie ahead.

Submission to any of our festivals in 2018 entitles you to free entry to all of our 2018 festivals around the world! Your submission confirmation email will include a 100% discount code which you can use upon purchase of your festival attendance tickets. 

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 top two winning films get official selections at either of the next two Lift-Off cities.

Slap bang in the heart of Hollywood this festival aims to give filmmakers truly global exposure - along with the very realistic opportunity to rub shoulders with peers, press, potential employers and industry stakeholders.

❀ Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival is one of the ten Lift-Off Film Festivals spread throughout the year.

❀ The Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network has a unique model which is nothing like any film festival you have ever heard of before.

We give genuine opportunity to filmmakers right from the submission level. Introductions to regional and international sales agents, distributors and talent managers. To understand more head here...


❀ The Lift-Off Film Festival Network also offers to all of our Officially Selected Filmmakers in the shorts categories, the opportunity to gain fair VOD distribution agreements across multiple platforms.

Lift-Off Film Festival Collection | Best of 2010-15

❀ Want to see our season awards in action? Here is a video featuring some of the highlights of our 2015 Season Awards held at the world famous Pinewood Studios - including interviews with our filmmakers and the Lift-Off Film Festival Network Co-Founders. https://vimeo.com/151050496

Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival screens at the famous Raleigh Studios on Melrose, Charlie Chaplin's very own cinema and right outside Paramount Studios. The week-long celebration brings together the indie filmmaking community with a sole focus on the filmmakers, their teams and their achievements. Awards are 100% audience choice where the winners enjoy automatic official selections at all of the subsequent Lift-Off global film festivals.

Los Angeles Lift-Off is a film festival that forms part of a wider network of connected film festivals around the world. A unique channel consisting of ten global cities and an on-demand platform. By submitting to any Lift-Off Film Festival you are giving your work the unique possibility of joining the only real alternative to global distribution and an institution determined to create a fairer industry.

Lift-Off's aim is to help you launch your professional life within film.

Showcasing your work around the world, building press coverage, exposing you to sales agents, distributors, global production companies, talent agencies, and worldwide producers.

The festival will welcome work from all over The United States and the rest of the world. We expect to receive films with courage, personable endeavour and unique voices.

✈ Feedback Options. Lift-Off Extended Feedback.

When you screen with any Lift-Off City we will be asking the attending audience for their feedback, and we will be sending that feedback to you. Audience responses are vital in understanding how your work sits on it's own merit, and we don't shy away from sending you the best of the best and the worst of the worst.

When your film screens around the world you might be surprised what you can learn.

We can also offer simple feedback sent in from our judges at no charge, however, sometimes this can be as simple as a single sentence and not very productive for you. So, with the help of our team we have come up with a solid/full-rounded feedback procedure called 'Lift-Off Extended Feedback'.

We offer this to our filmmakers who are willing to pay for the valued time of the people assessing their work, we offer Extended and Extensive Feedback.

The qualified reviewer gives a full breakdown covering every aspect of your work. This includes analysis of the film language, the acting, the technical aspects and the artistic intention. Included with this are next step recommendations and a retrospective review all in a concise and easy to decipher PDF - - as shown in the image here...


The feedback submission option is a simple flat fee which covers the submission to this festival and the reviewers time. This option is displayed at the side of this listing titled 'Lift-Off Extended Feedback' - this covers films or scripts of all types, lengths, media and genres.

The reviewers are made up of our festival founders James Bradley and Ben Pohlman, along with a fully qualified member of our selection committee.

The aim of Lift-Off Extended Feedback is to give the filmmaker and/or production team, a valued insight into the judging process and detail of a festival selection, but also the emotional response to the technical and philosophical intent behind the work - from a professionals stand-point. The overall goal is to build an understanding of the challenges, and to give invaluable insight into the next steps with professional and solid creative guidance - all delivered on a clear and easy to read multi-page fully personalised document.

Depending on demand, feedback can take up to three months to be delivered after the festivals commencement.

❀ Judge Transparency Feedback ❀

An excellent opportunity for filmmakers looking to acquire a clearer insight into how festival judges perceive their film, and how they can prosper in the indie film industry. Scores and notes for your submission, written by our qualified in-house judging team, will be collated and sent directly to you. Including the submission, you will also receive an exclusive eBook which details the criteria for getting selected into a film festival.


Find our other festivals on FilmFreeway!

If you wish to spread your risk, all of our other Lift-Off Film Festivals are listed on FIlmFreeway. Simply head to the search section and type "Lift-Off" - you will then see a list of all of our brilliant festivals.

Each and every one are at different stages of deadlines, so prices will vary, please take your pick.

Current active Lift-Off Cities...

✈ Berlin
✈ Manchester
✈ Tokyo
✈ New York
✈ Toronto
✈ Los Angeles
✈ Amsterdam
✈ Paris
✈ Sydney
✈ London.

All of them are at different stages of deadlines, so prices will vary, please take your pick and follow the links provided below…

Berlin Lift-Off Film Festival:

Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival:

New York Lift-Off Film Festival:

Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival

Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival:

Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival:

Paris Lift-Off Film Festival:

Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival

London Lift-Off Film Festival

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 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.

❀ 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.

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

❀ Short Film Prizes.Live Action Narrative and Documentaries. 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 in December.

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 Hair and Make-up
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)


After the screenings and season awards.

Optional inclusion | Best of Collection Lift-Off On-Demand.

❀ Online VOD Distribution. Any film which is screened during the season at any Lift-Off Film Festival is invited to earn money by being part of Lift-Off's Best of Collection.


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 committee.

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.

Overall Rating
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    Sheila Marshall

    A festival with a twist. The festival organisers put all of their effort into giving a "lift off" to the independent filmmakers they work with. Not by providing hospitality, but by providing opportunities for further screenings and distribution. Los Angeles Lift Off is part of a network of 10 festivals in cities around the world. If your film does well in terms of audience feedback, you can get selected at other festivals of the network. Los Angeles is a hard nut to crack, to bring audiences to your film, but once you've screened there and done well, it's a selling point for your film. We've already had other festival selections (outside the Lift Off Network) as a result of the attention the LA Lift Off screening generated.

    The screening facilities were fantastic, rarely has our film looked so good on the big screen.

    January 2018
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    Arlette Thomas-Fletcher

    This is a great festival for filmakers!

    October 2017
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    James Carroll

    It was a great honor to be part of this film festival and have my screenplay represented. The communication and professionalism were great.

    November 2016
  • Excellent festival with great communication.

    October 2016
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    Danielle Parker

    Always an infectiously enthusiastic group.

    September 2016