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.

Fee Waivers, Priority Screenings, Jobs Database, Scripts Database, and much more...

Lift-Off Global Network offers to you the chance to join our Network Members' platform. An "industry within the industry" and a place to build your career with showcases, education, festival screenings, and limitless fee waivers to all of our events for your content. We have so much to offer our members via Lift-Off Professional and Intermediate Memberships; the list is endless. We are sure that fee waivers and a priority on screening your work worldwide are worth your attention.

For more information please head to our website: www.liftoff.network

Our Professional Membership is an annual subscription of $189, it entitles you to the following benefits...

- Fee waivers across our entire festival network - (worth $700)
- Free tickets to all of our events around the world
- Access to a real-time global jobs board - work within the industry
- Access to a huge scripts database
- Contact screenwriters from all over the world
- Upload your own scripts
- Apply for global production support
- Apply for career guidance

Intermediate Membership is an annual subscription of $89, which entitles you to,

-Free Submission to Showcases
-Launch Your Projects
-Free Tickets to Festivals
-Film Industry Jobs
-Production Support
-Career Road-Mapping
-Find Scripts & Screenplays

And much more...

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 overall winner receives an official selection for an upcoming live Lift-Off festival.

❀ Script Selections ❀

The top 5 Screenplays will be showcased across the Network Members' 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 on our Network. The portal is a curated database of quality scripts that are looking for production.

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

Overall Rating
  • Jon Michael Villagomez

    From the initial email Lift-Off sent me, I knew I was in excellent hands. The clarity, warmth, and professionalism on display was overwhelming. They provided all of the necessary information, established clear and reasonable deadlines, and offered genuine support.

    I was only able to attend the showcase that I was apart of, The Local Filmmakers Showcase, and was totally delighted by the selection. It was inspiring to see such a high caliber of work on display, and I found myself having a wonderful time.

    The staff was very hospitable and patient with all of their guests, even those inebriated by the free champagne.

    My only real complaint was in the networking event after the screening. To be honest I felt a little out of place in the selection, and was a bit intimidated by the other artists in the room. The networking mixer took place in a very cramped walkway between the screening room and the staircase leading downstairs, and I found myself sort of stuck outside of the conversation. To be fair, this didn't seem to bother most of the other attendees all that much, but since I already felt a little out of my element I found it impossible to insert myself into any meaningful conversation with other artists. This was the only part of the entire process in which I didn't feel totally cared for.

    Other than that one aspect, I found Lift-Off to be a tremendous organization that really cares about the medium, and the individuals who make it. I would strongly recommend submitting to the festival, and I would love to once again thank the entire Lift-Off team for being so supportive.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Hi Jon, we have had the entire year to think through your points here about Networking, we will try our best to get the venue to give us a bigger area after the screenings. Hopefully, we will be able to stretch out into the studio lot itself, as well as using the larger space at the foot of the screening rooms. Every year we are getting bigger and bigger so this certainly will be addressed. Thank you again for the review and your very kind words. We care a great deal and can't wait to screen your future projects, send them to us!!!!

  • 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
  • This is a great festival for filmakers!

    October 2017
  • 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