๐’๐˜๐ƒ๐๐„๐˜ ๐‹๐ˆ๐…๐“-๐Ž๐…๐… ๐…๐ˆ๐‹๐Œ ๐…๐„๐’๐“๐ˆ๐•๐€๐‹ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’

"๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’›๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚ ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’…, ๐’‚ ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’Ž ๐’˜๐’‰๐’ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’” ๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’ ๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’… ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’–๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’“๐’๐’–๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’•..." โญโญโญโญโญ
๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ผ ๐—ฌ๐—ถ, 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

The launchpad for filmmakers from Australia, Asia-Pacific, and around the world! Building a better chance for all filmmakers to find global audiences and further their careers within the film industry. 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.

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.

Overall Rating
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  • Tatiana Wanda Doroshenko

    Thank you so much for supporting our work <3 love from us!

    February 2024
  • Roland Wood

    Overall I am feeling quite misled by the festival, and get the feeling that it's somewhat of a cash grab.

    1st, the Melbourne and Sydney festivals are screened at the same time, in the same vimeo playlist - it's the effectively the same festival, don't be fooled and pay twice for Mel and Syd.

    2nd, it says in the description that it is not a pay-per-vote festival, but it is not possible to vote without having a code given to you when you purchase a ticket - so you cannot vote without paying. This misleading information resulted in me having to make my film public on YouTube earlier than expected as it was always intended to be a free film.

    I'll give credit where it's due, the festival does provide a lot of informational videos for uprising filmmakers, but most of these videos are publicly available on YouTube for free and have already been available for years. And they do organize networking sessions for everyone who entered (although at a unusual local time, 10pm-midnight in Sydney time for the Sydney film festival)

    December 2023
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Roland. This is all taken onboard with the heaviest of hearts. We at Lift-Off care deeply for talented filmmakers like yourself and, personally, I was a big fan of VRChat: A Microdocumentary which is why you were programmed in both festivals. We see that you wear both of our laurels on your poster, so we hope that you have some pride in this achievement in getting into our festival. To address your thoughts, firstly we are doing all that we can to ensure that more people engage with indie films such as yours, that is why we ask for more than one vote from audience members. Also, our jury picks the winners, and the audience choice is just one avenue into the Network Round which is also chosen by the jury. So, ultimately, it is the jury that picks the winners. We are trying to improve as much as possible, and we hope that you are engaged with our content and our networking.

  • Thanks for selecting "Enter the Room" into your festival. The communication was clear and concise and I was impressed with the lineup of films in the competition. I had a very good experience overall and will definitely consider submitting future projects to Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival.

    December 2023
  • Manvel Saribekyan

    Our team would like to thank you for the excellent organization of the festival, as well as all the members of the jury, thanks to whose decision our film "The American Good Samaritans" has been selected as an Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival.

    December 2023
  • A great experience! Best wishes for your continued success.

    December 2023