Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival 2022

For over a decade 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.

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, subject delivery and/or 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkThH9jb4zY

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
  • Juan Ramos

    I loved participating in this Festival in my Hometown, Lift Off Global is a terrific organization and they have managed to keep the excitement of a live festival in these pandemic times, communication is great, and the film selection was fantastic, congratulations to all, I am honored to be in your company, thanks to everybody who voted for us.
    And Thanks Lift Off for recognizing our film, and the amazing platform you provide to filmmakers around the globe. I can’t wait to meet you all next year when you come to Los Angeles for the Live event at Raleigh Studioa.
    Thank you!

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    We will see you at Raleigh Juan! Will be great to meet in person. Thank you for partcipating in the festiaval and surrounding events. See you next time!

  • Thank you for the support and for making the distinction of our film. Bravo!

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Our pleasure, thanks for screening with us Job!

  • Jon Solorzano

    Excellent experience. The whole organization was great, great communication, lots of activities online and I met other filmmakers in person thanks to the festival. I absolutely recommend this festival!

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for sharing your short COMUNA with our audience Jon. Really great to hear you enjoyed the events that ran in tandem with the screening and even better to hear about your networking. It's what it's all about! Best of luck with future projects :D

  • Richard Oliver

    Deeply honored to be selected for my music video HERO, by the prestigious Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival. Hopefully, if Covid19 allows I would like to fly down to experience your festival up close and personal. HERO - a tribute to all the frontline Healthcare Workers NYC neighboring states and across our entire globe who have made and who continue to make the ultimate sacrifice for US ❤ in the wake of the Covid-19 Variant. This essential worker (chef) proudly accepts this award on your behalf, know that i didn't forget you....
    On behalf of my myself and my entire cast and crew, thank you Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival judges for seeing my vision of gratitude through my artistic eyes ... you are NY Tough! :-) look out for more of my best work to come...
    Best. Richard Oliver Jr.
    (ICP Entertainment)

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi Richard, pleasure to screen this really lovely tribute for healthcare workers. We'd love to meet in person next time when live events are back rocking and rolling!

  • It was a nice Film festival. Ample opportunity to network and the selection of films were very good. Very inclusive also.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for screening Running Backwards in our programme Shamica and great to hear you enjoyed the other films!