Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival 2023
- Live Screenings
- Networking, Workshops & Events
- Film Market Representation
- Qualifies for Lift-Off Global Network Season Award Nominations
- Season Award Winners Screen at Every Lift-Off Film Festival!

For over a decade Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival has remained one of the top emerging Hollywood Film events and professional showcases for blossoming talent - providing exceptional and genuine opportunities. Held at the beautiful screening rooms of the historic 'Raleigh Studios', in the beating heart of Hollywood: 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.

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: https://www.youtube.com/c/liftoffglobalnetwork


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: https://liftoff.network/membership/

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.

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!


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. Our programme's 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our online festivals are NOT a pay for vote platform. If you invite your friends and family to watch either the physical or online screenings it is encouraged that they engage with as much of the content as possible and vote accordingly. This is why two votes are always counted from each audience member with both votes resulting in 1 point for each film. We are doing our best to invite new and exciting audiences to genuine indie film content - if you can encourage your audiences to do the same we will build a wonderful network of opportunity for all, no matter where you are starting out.

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

Overall Rating
  • Kym Stover

    After being in a badly-run festival which was a disaster, I really appreciate a well-run festival like this. Everything was done in a timely & orderly manner & we appreciated that.

    April 2022
  • Kassy Mahea

    The Lift-Off Film Festival was a pleasure to be acquainted with.

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Hi Kassy, thank you for the review and for participating in the festival with What Happens In The Desert. Great to have you on the Network Hub too, do stay in touch on there, you will not be taken off the platform!

  • An amazing festival! We are very honored to have been selected. We can’t wait to come back with the next film. Thank you for having us!

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for screening your feature with us Ryan. We look forward to seeing the next project from you, so don't hesitate to reach out to us via the Lift-Off Network Festival Hub :)

  • Justin Ethington

    Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival was a great experience. Honored to have "Slice of Adventure" included in their lineup of animated shorts.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    We're big animation fans here at Lift-Off Justin - thanks for sharing your work with us! We would LOVE to know more about what's next in your filmmaking timeline, be sure to reach out to us via the Lift-Off Network Festival Hub :)

  • Heidi Philipsen

    Amazing Fest -- truly a filmmakers and movie-lovers fest!

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    This is so lovely to hear, thank you! Pleasure to screen this impressive first-time film. Best of luck with the rest of Keep Your Head Up, Sweet Pea!'s festival circuit. We would LOVE to know more about what's next in your filmmaking timeline Heidi, be sure to reach out to us via the Lift-Off Network Festival Hub :)