Manchester Lift-Off is not like any other film festival in Manchester or the North of England by any stretch of the imagination. We are a professional showcase, where the priority is our filmmakers making the next step in their careers. From representation at Cannes, EFM in Berlin, The American Film Market and beyond, Manchester Lift-Off is not a self-serving festival aiming to be some star prioritising, red carpet affair. If you are a filmmaker looking to move forward in your career Lift-Off is exactly where you should start. From one to one marketing consulting, to exposure to sales agents, talent agents and press we are the launch pad for unsung raw filmmaking talent.

Global interest in indie cinema from the North of England has always been high - from mainland Europe to the coasts of America - sales agents, distributors and talent managers are on the hunt for new voices. Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival is the arena where we pitch professional and student film from the North of England against an international programme from around the world. With the prizes of global screenings and representation at the major film markets, submitting to Manchester Lift-Off is an easy choice.

Manchester's character is defined as much by its people, its history and achievements. The city is one of the most multicultural in the UK, with nearly 200 languages spoken. Over the centuries many people have chosen Manchester as their home. Greater Manchester’s Jewish community, for example, is the largest outside of London. A huge Chinatown, centred around the impressive imperial arch, is the second largest in the UK. Ever popular for its countless restaurants, Asian supermarkets and events, Chinatown fills the area with vibrant colour and flavours.

With so many cultures rubbing shoulders with one another, it’s no surprise that Manchester has an excellent reputation for entertainment, food and drink. It is a city on the rise and we want you to become a part of it!

Lift-Off is in Manchester to capitalise on the opportunities within the filmmaking and media capital of the North of England. The second city of the United Kingdom and an absolute powerhouse in the generation of culture and artistic risk-taking.

❀ Manchester Lift-Off is one of the ten Lift-Off Film Festivals spread throughout the year and all over the globe.

❀ The Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network has a unique model which is nothing like any film festival you have ever heard of before.

We give genuine-opportunity to filmmakers right from the submission level. Introductions to regional and international sales agents, distributors and talent managers.

To understand more head here...
www.lift-off-festivals.com/lift-off-helps-filmmakers

❀ The Lift-Off Film Festival Network also offers to all of our Officially Selected Filmmakers in the shorts categories, the opportunity to gain fair VOD distribution agreements across multiple platforms.

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❀ Want to see our season awards in action? Here is a video featuring some of the highlights of our 2015 Season Awards held at the world famous Pinewood Studios - including interviews with our filmmakers and the Lift-Off Film Festival Network Co-Founders. https://vimeo.com/151050496

Manchester Lift-Off is a film festival that forms part of a wider network of connected film festivals around the world. A unique channel consisting of ten global cities and an on-demand platform. By submitting to any Lift-Off Film Festival you are giving your work the unique possibility of joining the only real alternative to global distribution and an institution determined to create a fairer industry.

Lift-Off's aim is to help you launch your professional life within film.

Showcasing your work around the world, building press coverage, exposing you to sales agents, distributors, global production companies, talent agencies, and worldwide producers.

The festival will welcome work from all over the North of England and the rest of the world. We expect to receive films with courage, personable endeavour and unique voices.

✈ Feedback Options. Lift-Off Extended Feedback.

When you screen with any Lift-Off City we will be asking the attending audience for their feedback, and we will be sending that feedback to you. Audience responses are vital in understanding how your work sits on it's own merit, and we don't shy away from sending you the best of the best and the worst of the worst.

When your film screens around the world you might be surprised what you can learn.

We can also offer simple feedback sent in from our judges at no charge, however, sometimes this can be as simple as a single sentence and not very productive for you. So, with the help of our team, we have come up with a solid/full-rounded feedback procedure called 'Lift-Off Extended Feedback'.

We offer this to our filmmakers who are willing to pay for the valued time of the people assessing their work, we offer Extended and Extensive Feedback.

The qualified reviewer gives a full breakdown covering every aspect of your work. This includes analysis of the film language, the acting, the technical aspects and the artistic intention. Included with this are next step recommendations and a retrospective review all in a concise and easy to decipher PDF - - as shown in the image here...

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The feedback submission option is a simple flat fee which covers the submission to this festival and the reviewers time. This option is displayed at the side of this listing titled 'Lift-Off Extended Feedback' - this covers films or scripts of all types, lengths, media and genres.

The reviewers are made up of our festival founders James Bradley and Ben Pohlman, along with a fully qualified member of our selection committee.

The aim of Lift-Off Extended Feedback is to give the filmmaker and/or production team, a valued insight into the judging process and detail of a festival selection, but also the emotional response to the technical and philosophical intent behind the work - from a professionals stand-point. The overall goal is to build an understanding of the challenges, and to give invaluable insight into the next steps with professional and solid creative guidance - all delivered on a clear and easy to read, multi-page, fully personalised document. Feedback is delivered shortly after the festivals commencement.

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Find our other festivals on FilmFreeway!

If you wish to spread your risk, all of our other Lift-Off Film Festivals are listed on FIlmFreeway. Simply head to the search section and type "Lift-Off" - you will then see a list of all of our brilliant festivals.

Each and every one of them sit at different stages of deadlines, so prices will vary, please take your pick.

Current active Lift-Off Cities...

✈ Berlin ✈ Manchester ✈ Tokyo ✈ New York ✈ Toronto ✈ Los Angeles ✈ Amsterdam ✈ Paris ✈ Sydney ✈ London.

Berlin Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/BerlinLiftOffFilmFestival

Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ManchesterLiftOffFilmFestival

Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/TokyoLiftOffFilmFestival

New York Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/NewYorkLiftOffFilmFestival

Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/TorontoLiftOffFilmFestival

Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/LosAngelesLiftOffFilmFestival

Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/AmsterdamLiftOffFilmFestiva

Paris Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ParisLiftOffFilmFestival

Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/SydneyLiftOffFilmFestival

London Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/LondonLiftOffFilmFestival

Awards & Prizes

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 top two winners get official selections at either of the next two Lift-Off cities.

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❀ Script Selections ❀
5 to 20 Best Screenplays - selected for inclusion into the Lift-Off Community.

Selected screenwriters will be invited to include their work in our online Community portal. The portal is a curated data base 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.

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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)

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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 Hair and Make-up
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)

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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.

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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.

Rules & Terms

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 works premier status, it's age and/or whether your work has been made available online.

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    Cherwell Productions Ltd

    Fantastic film festival that connects with its filmmakers before, during and months after it takes place. The most intimate festival I have ever attended, look forward to submitting to other lift off festivals again.

    October 2017
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    Fred Wall

    Very helpful. Great communication between the festival and the film maker before and after the screening. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend but I would highly recommend submitting to Lift-Off. They're very passionate about what they do and their role in the whole process.

    April 2017
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    Adam Losurdo

    This festival is great! I was humbly welcomed with love when I arrived by the amazing group of people. The screening was a fun experience at a great venue. The communication was stellar throughout the entire process. These people are on top of their game with an immense passion for what they do. This film festival is worth it! They really do care about helping passionate indie filmmakers.

    April 2017
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    Rajnish Sharma

    An amazing Film Festival, friendly people and a vibrant city to held in. The feedback is exceptionally useful for career and creative development and the overall support you get as a Filmmaker is beyond life changing. An absolute must for those who are passionate about creating films, want to develop their career further and yearn to get better at the craft of filmmaking.

    April 2017
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    Tayanna Todd

    Provide great support and communication...they really put the filmmakers first and care about them!

    April 2017