Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival 2022
- Physical Screenings in the City
- Huge Online, Full In-Competition, Streaming Festival
- Online Networking, Workshops & Events
- Film Market Representation
- Season Award Nominations up for Grabs

For over ten years Lift-Off has been showcasing some of the most exciting national and international newcomers to indie film from the beating heart of North West England. 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.

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 consultations to exposure to sales agents, talent agents and press, we are the launch pad for unsung raw filmmaking talent.

FREE SUBMISSIONS TO ALL LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVALS WITH NETWORK MEMBERSHIP
For more information, please head to our website: https://liftoff.network/membership/

OUR NETWORK’S AWARDS STRUCTURE...
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. Digital online submission screeners only. Feedback is sent shortly after the commencement of the festival.

SEASON AWARD WINNERS
Aside from the accolade of winning out of all of the Lift-Off Festivals from every programme screening physical or online, the winning films will commence around the world tour where it will be screened at each and every Lift-Off Film Festival during the forthcoming season.

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 and acting. During the festival we have two voting committees - our professional jury and the general public.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our online festivals are NOT a pay for vote platform. If you invite your friends and family to watch either the physical or online screenings it is encouraged that they engage with as much of the content as possible and vote accordingly. This is why two votes are always counted from each audience member with both votes resulting in 1 point for each film. We are doing our best to invite new and exciting audiences to genuine indie film content - if you can encourage your audiences to do the same we will build a wonderful network of opportunity for all, no matter where you are starting out.

Proudly, we have no other restrictions for your work. This includes your work's premier status, it's age and/or whether your work has been made available online.

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  • Zlila Helman

    It was a great honor and pleasure to be part of this FF- you gave me an opportunity to have a dialogue with an audience and other filmmakers sharing my vision about different people, cultures and religions who have the same dreams , hopes and desire for better world : i hope my short doc. reflected it: " 1. "We have a dream...." 2." The invisibles : Lost in Berlin" 3." Girls Soccer beyond borders "
    4." Searching for the meaning of Life". Thank you very much.

    May 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Pleasure to screen your documentary work Zlila, thank you for using the platform and connecting with fellow filmmakers and their work. It's what it's all about! We would LOVE to know more about what's next in your filmmaking timeline, be sure to stay in touch via the Lift-Off Network Festival Hub :)

  • Lucio Arisci

    Thank you very much to the audience of the festival. It was a great honor to be awarded with this prize for The Yellow Queen a road movie. A very nice festival with a very good networking.

    April 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Pleasure to screen this brilliant doc Lucio! Congratulations on your Audience Choice Award :D Staying in touch with talent is important to us and we'd LOVE to know more about what's next in your filmmaking timeline, be sure to reach out to us via the Lift-Off Network Festival Hub :)

  • Charlotte Dafol

    A dense and careful communication by the festival. Despite the distance, we could feel we were together.

    April 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Great to hear you felt that way Charlotte, do continue to use the Hub to keep networking via that platform!

  • It was an amazing opportunity to show my project to others filmmakers from all around the world. Thank you so much Lift Off for the good organization and communication!

    April 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Evangelina, glad to hear you enjoyed the festival experience. Best of luck with future selections! We would LOVE to know more about what's next in your filmmaking timeline, be sure to reach out to us via the Lift-Off Network Festival Hub :)

  • Great festival we are happy to be part of this festival. Wish you all the luck for future.

    April 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Brijesh. Good luck with the rest of your festival circuit with your feature. We would LOVE to know more about what's next in your filmmaking timeline, be sure to reach out to us via the Lift-Off Network Festival Hub if you ever need anything.