New York Lift-Off Film Festival 2022
- Networking, Workshops & Events
- Film Market Representation
- Lift-Off Season Award Nomination Qualifiers
- Season Award Winners Screen at Every Lift-Off Film Festival in 2023!

For over ten years Lift-Off has been screening in the city of New York. It stands tall as the central hub of creative ambition. Bursting from its emergence in the 20th Century as one of the world's most recognizable and iconic cities. It is an undeniable powerhouse of independent art - a city of massive cultural, and business relevance to the entire film industry.

Lift-Off invites filmmakers to this exceptional showcase location, that aims to deliver more opportunities for ambitious creatives to build their professional lives. From talent agencies, sales agents, distributors, and the press - New York Lift-Off is the destination for filmmakers looking to build their career, and have the right eyes on their work. The audience feedback in NYC will give filmmakers a unique, quantifiable and intelligent breakdown as to how their work communicates.

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

FREE SUBMISSIONS TO ALL LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVALS WITH NETWORK MEMBERSHIP

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.

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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!

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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 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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  • Chris Oledude


    From Christopher R. Owens, President, CESO Enterprises, Inc. crowens@cesony.com:

    On behalf of CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., Alyssa Dann, Chris Oledude, and all of our production participants, I would like to compliment the organizers and operators of New York Lift-Off Film Festival. When we created our first music video (which was long enough to be a short film), we knew nothing about film festivals. With the help of FilmFreeway, we started researching. The categories were good. Everyone who contacted us on behalf of this festival was helpful. The submissions looked excellent.

    It was indeed exciting to discover this new world and to be so warmly welcomed by the inhabitants! To have GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES selected for inclusion was an honor in and of itself.

    We were happy to “get the word out” and continue motivating people worldwide to consider the injustices embedded within our nation’s criminal justice system. After all, situations where a powerful segment of the population uses its law enforcement apparatus to abuse and oppress other segments of the population are recognizable in and common too many societies.
    We recommend submitting your work and we certainly intend to participate again in the future.

    Peace and stay safe!

    January 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Entering the world of film festivals can feel like a minefield. We're always here to answer any questions people have about the festival, the process or a film's life beyond a festival circuit! Our Network Hub is all about filling in knowledge gaps and learning from fellow creatives' experience. It's great to now have you a part of that Chris.

  • jocelyn catan

    it is an honor to be a part of your festival as a filmmaker from MARTINIQUE, in the CARIBBEAN, area. I would like to thank you for selecting my documentary film "Colonization and Black Slavery in the French West-indies" . It will help to shed more light on the historical facts that i tried to speak. Jocelyn Jonaz Catan

    December 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for screening in our Features programme Jocelyn. Always an honour to be able to be a platform for films with such important topics and messages.

  • Thank you New York Lift-Off Film Festival for choosing to include “For Love of the Land” into your festival. I’m honored.

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Our pleasure! We would LOVE to know more about what's next in your filmmaking career Cynthia, so please be sure to reach out to us via the Lift-Off Network Festival Hub if there's every something we can help with!

  • Lisa Bell Roden

    What a great experience! New York Lift-Off was well-run and full of opportunities to connect and evolve. I am so grateful I could be a part of it.

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Great to see you on the Network Hub Lisa, stay in touch there. Especially if there's anything we can help with. Looking forward to seeing your future shorts!

  • Ronald Hinton

    I had an amazing experience being a part of the NY Lift-Off Film Festival with my film, My Hair, My Rules. The virtual experience was very fun and the audience votes led to excitement within my community. They were extremely responsive and after winning Audience Choice they invited me and the 3 others who received this award in their respective categories to a live stream on their Youtube channel. Their networking platform was great as well. The only thing I wish we had was more access to distributors or to those who could connect us/advise us on how to get distribution. Otherwise, they were a fantastic festival to be a part of.

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Many thanks for the review Ronald and for being a wonderful participant. So great to have you on the YouTube channel and learn more about the project. Throughout the year we will continue posting materials and info that we gather on sales agents etc... For example after markets we will be releasing videos/ content to share any insights we received. You won't be taken off the Hub, so you'll have access to that all year!