* Free Translation Services. Lift-Off covers the translation into perfect French subtitles for our Parisian audience. All submissions must be originally submitted to us in English or if any other language then with English subtitles. We are happy to accept films with subtitles already translated into French.

Nearly every major distributor from short film to features within mainland Europe has their head offices in Paris. Along with that, and the fact that French indie cinema is producing some of the best work in the world, Lift-Off Global Network feels that the time is right to have a large, and permanent showcase in Paris. For our filmmakers, it is vital that their work gets screened within some of the most famous, and indie-cinema important metropolitan cities in the world.

Not only is our festival a global showcase for filmmakers looking to take that next step, we provide a free service where we take your work to the major film markets AFM, Cannes, Berlin...etc -- All with the aim of getting your work acquired by distributors.

It is definitely worth submitting to our other festivals as well to widen your work’s platform and maximise your networking opportunities. There are different judges per festival, giving your film a better chance of going forwards into the Lift-Off Network! The top two winning films get official selections at either of the next two Lift-Off cities.

We have found the French and European markets the most accessible for short film, and experimental feature-length arthouse/independent work. Which is why a Lift-Off screening in Paris within our season is a total must for any filmmaker looking to develop their brand. Providing more opportunity for our filmmakers is our primary aim and with a country obsessed with cinema, France needs to be a location all filmmakers must crack if they wish their work to transcend an international audience and the global market.

❀ Paris Lift-Off Film Festival is a week-long celebration at the end of October where true independent talent and fresh voices are showcased with the opportunities to have their work gain global exposure. We are not a red carpet celebrity-driven event - this is a film festival designed to find pure filmmaking talent aside from the gloss, putting talent before technology and showcasing only the best in true independent cinema.

❀ Paris Lift-Off is one of the ten Lift-Off Film Festivals spread throughout the year.

❀ 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 go here: http://www.lift-off-festivals.com/lift-off-helps-filmmakers/

❀ The Lift-Off Film Festival Network now offers to all of our Officially Selected Filmmakers the opportunity to gain fair VOD distribution agreements on multiple platforms.

Lift-Off Film Festival Collection | Best of 2010-15
http://ondemand.lift-off-festivals.com/

❀ Want to see us 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.

Go here to find out more: https://vimeo.com/151050496
Lift-Off Season Awards 2015 | Pinewood Studios, England.

Paris 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.

Lift-Off Audience Feedback Example:
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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 below...

Lift-Off Extended Feedback Example:
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The feedback submission option is a simple flat fee which covers the submission to this festival and the reviewers time. Fee 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 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.

Current active Lift-Off Cities...

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

All of them are at different stages of deadlines, so prices will vary, please take your pick and follow the links provided below…

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

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

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

Vancouver Lift-Off Film Festival
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/VancouverLiftOffFilmFestival

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

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

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.