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

Los Angeles Lift-Off 2020 is accepting more films than ever before. Due to the global pandemic, and the huge shift in audience behaviours we are no longer restricted by a venue's timetable. Please check our latest video where we explain exactly why we are using this situation to better serve the indie film community and your filmmaking aspirations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0gRScWfTr4

For ten years Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival has remained as one of the top emerging Hollywood Film events and professional showcases for blossoming talent - providing exceptional and genuine opportunity. 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.



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.

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

Overall Rating
  • Maylis Couturier

    Thanks so much to the great Team at Lift-Off Film Festival, and our film SAFETY had its California Premiere there, received the Best Short Film award and got selected and awarded then at the Paris edition with a screening room packed !
    Now it's selected at the Sydney Lift-Off in November and we're all very excited about it.

    Natalie, Claire and all the team at Lift-Off is passionate, efficient and has a great communication and coordination.

    November 2019
  • Unfortunately, I couldn't attend in person the festival but it seems a good place to network.

    October 2019
  • Lift-Off is a great festival for filmmakers. The intimacy of the screening room at Raleigh Studios allowed us to experience first hand responses as the film was being shown, and after, which made the showing a supportive and valuable experience as well. The organizers were fantastic, kept us totally informed, and offered amazing marketing materials for our film promotion and PR activities. We are so glad to be involved with Lift-Off. Big thanks to Natalie and her entire team for making our film Made In Venice part of this year’s Los Angeles Lift-Off festival. It was great meeting you all in person.

    October 2019
  • The entire experience has been a super fun, supportive and collaborative experience and I hope the first of many evenings with Lift-Off. The communication is FANTASTIC which make a huge change from the norm. The entire team I dealt with really does strive to create an environment of connectivity and value for filmmakers. They actually do what they say and follow through on the manifesto of the Lift-Off Global Network.

    October 2019
  • Piotr Szkopiak

    Huge thanks for the fantastic support given to my screenplay Hell's Gate.

    October 2019