๐Œ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐‹๐ข๐Ÿ๐ญ-๐Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐…๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ ๐…๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“

"๐‘จ๐’ ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’‚๐’›๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‡๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’‚๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’†๐’•๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’“๐’–๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’š ๐’‚ ๐’‘๐’‚๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’† ๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’Ž ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’Ž-๐’๐’๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’˜๐’‰๐’ ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’…๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’—๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚ ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’‘๐’†๐’“ ๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’Ž ๐’•๐’ ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†๐’“๐’”. ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’Œ๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’˜๐’†๐’๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’–๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’š, ๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’‡๐’•-๐‘ถ๐’‡๐’‡!" โญโญโญโญโญ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ

โญ Lift-Off Season Awards Qualifying
โญ Screenings, Networking, Workshops & Events
โญ In-Competition Online Screenings
โญ Network Hub Access, Focus Groups & more...!

Learn more about the Lift-Off Season
๐Ÿ‘‰ liftoff.network/season

For over ten years, Manchester Lift-Off has showcased some of the most exciting national and international newcomers to indie film from the beating heart of North West England. In this leg of The Season, Lift-Off Global Network showcases outstanding filmmaking talents during a month-long event comprising online screenings & in-person networking events in the heart of Manchester.

Join us at the famous Lift-Off Networking-Speed-Date session, followed by drinks and a party! Can't attend live? Don't worry - there are plenty of online events and networking opportunities.

Festival Winners are placed on the shortlist for the Lift-Off Season Awards Nominations to be considered by the Lift-Off Jury. Season Award Nominations are screened at the prestigious John Barry cinema in Pinewood Studios. The Season Awards recognise the best films from across the Lift-Off Season.

Find out more about the Season Awards
๐Ÿ‘‰liftoff.network/seasonawards

You'll find free content on our YouTube Channel, such as live workshops, interviews with filmmakers, news updates, and more. Subscribe!
๐Ÿ‘‰ https://www.youtube.com/c/liftoffglobalnetwork

๐†๐„๐“ ๐…๐‘๐„๐„ ๐’๐”๐๐Œ๐ˆ๐’๐’๐ˆ๐Ž๐๐’ ๐“๐Ž ๐€๐‹๐‹ ๐‹๐ˆ๐…๐“-๐Ž๐…๐… ๐…๐ˆ๐‹๐Œ ๐…๐„๐’๐“๐ˆ๐•๐€๐‹๐’ ๐–๐ˆ๐“๐‡ ๐๐„๐“๐–๐Ž๐‘๐Š ๐Œ๐„๐Œ๐๐„๐‘๐’๐‡๐ˆ๐:

โญ Fee waivers to all Lift-Off Festivals & Showcases (worth $300)
โญ Apply for representation at international film markets, including Cannes, EFM, and AFM
โญ Access to international film jobs
โญ Networking, Workshops & Online Events

Find out more about Lift-Off Network Membership
๐Ÿ‘‰ liftoff.network/membership

๐—”๐—ช๐—”๐—ฅ๐——๐—ฆ ๐—จ๐—ฃ ๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ ๐—š๐—ฅ๐—”๐—•๐—ฆ

๐Ÿ† Audience Choice Award
๐Ÿ† Best Film in Category
๐Ÿ† Jury's Special Mention
๐Ÿ† Best Screenplay

๐‹๐ˆ๐…๐“-๐Ž๐…๐… ๐๐„๐“๐–๐Ž๐‘๐Šโ€™๐’ ๐‚๐Ž๐Œ๐๐„๐“๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ & ๐€๐–๐€๐‘๐ƒ๐’ ๐’๐“๐‘๐”๐‚๐“๐”๐‘๐„

The Official Selections are reviewed by the Judging Panel and receive scores from the attending audience throughout the festival. After the festival closes, the weighted scores are combined, and the top-scoring films are promoted into the internal 'Network Round'.

The Network Round is hosted on the Lift-Off Network Hub, where the Lift-Off Jury and Network Hub Members score the films and vote for the winners.

After the festival closes, prizes are awarded, and winning projects are placed on the Season Award Nominations Shortlist. Lift-Off Season Award Nominations are allocated by the Jury based on merit within each category.

Find out more about our awards & judging process:
๐Ÿ‘‰ liftoff.network/awards

๐’๐„๐€๐’๐Ž๐ ๐€๐–๐€๐‘๐ƒ ๐๐Ž๐Œ๐ˆ๐๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐๐’

Lift-Off Season Award nominations screen at Lift-Off's HQ, the prestigious Pinewood Studios, during the celebration held at the end of the Lift-Off Season. The Season Awards celebrates the best-of-the-best of the projects nominated throughout the Lift-Off Season.

For more info ๐Ÿ‘‰ liftoff.network/seasonawards

- All support queries must be sent via. support@liftoff.network
- All submissions are to be sent digitally via FilmFreeway
- Project feedback (where applicable) is sent shortly after the festival closes.
- If you pay a submission fee, we will screen your work. Our online programmes are separated into categories based on your content's level of storytelling, production value, impact and acting.
- We have two separate voting committees during the festival - the official judging panel & the general public
- The official jury allocates Season Award Nomination
- Proudly, we have no other restrictions for screening your work. This includes your work's premier status, age, and/or whether your work is available online.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The online festivals are NOT pay-for-vote platforms. Whilst participating filmmakers may invite their team, friends and family to participate & vote, it is encouraged that ALL attending audiences engage with as much of the content as possible and vote accordingly. We are doing our best to invite new and exciting audiences to genuine indie content - if you can encourage your audiences to do the same, we will build a wonderful network of opportunities for all, no matter where you are starting your career.

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  • Thanks for having my documentary feature Within the Lodge of Sacred Relations as an official selection at the Manchester Lift-off event. The communication with participants was stellar. I really appreciated the numerous opportunities to network with other filmmakers and the support I received from the team. I have already joined the Lift-Off Network and will be submitting more projects to Lift-Off events. Great work guys!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 2024
  • Rupert Hill

    Love these guys. Thereโ€™s no end to their support and first person advice guiding filmmakers through the intimidating and complex industry and festival circuit. Their advice and support has been invaluable. They really care about young filmmakers starting out on their challenging paths.

    April 2024
  • Bianca O'Neill

    A top notch festival. Felt very at home and enjoyed the networking with the other film makers from all over the world. The team are very friendly , constantly communicating and updating. Thank you for having "Yellow Daisy Butterfly" part of your festival. Highly recommended.

    April 2024
  • Thomas Harman

    Happy to have been Officially Selected with out film FLUFFYPUNK. Our second experience with Lift-Off and glad to have made our Manchester debut. Very good feedback, professional and well run festival.

    October 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Thomas! We were thrilled to have you participate once again and we're very thankful for your generous feedback. Looking forward to seeing what you do next!

  • Thank you, Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival, for selecting "Final Step" for your esteemed festival. Your support of independent cinema provides a crucial platform for creative expression.

    June 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for participating, Ida! Creating a platform for creative expression is a cornerstone of our priorities here at Lift Off.