Have your project featured at the center of cinematic business in Australia, FOX Studios. The festival will be running for one week, celebrating the best of local and international talent - with the eye on taking the filmmakers showcased to the next level in their careers. Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival is an international showcase of truly independent cinema. Features, shorts, animations, and scripts from all over the world – no screening restrictions on premiere or screening/online status.

The Australian market has a strong hunger for local and international indie content which is why buyers and press will be invited to see experience your project first hand, in the best possible setting - it is Sydney Lift-Off’s mission to deliver you to the Australian film marketplace!

Submit to this festival and 24 other film festivals on Filmfreeway for $89. Any number of projects, unlimited submitting for the entire year!
- Simply head to www.liftoff.network
- And join the Lift-Off Community

Our Professional Membership is an annual subscription of $89, it entitles you to the following benefits...

- Fee waivers across our entire festival network - (worth $700)
- Free tickets to all of our events around the world
- Access to a real-time global jobs board - work within the industry
- Access to a huge scripts database
- Contact screenwriters from all over the world
- Upload your own scripts
- Apply for global production support
- Apply for career guidance | One2One Career Roadmapping
- And much more...

Lift-Off offers every official selection screening at Sydney Lift-Off:-

-- PR and marketing support to get your screening into the industry press
-- Introduction to talent agents, managers and publicists
-- Feedback directly from the attending audiences
-- Distribution contacts from our local and global distribution channels
-- Representation at the major film markets

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.

Lift-Off is a thriving global community of artists and your association can be as big as you want it to be. From global screenings, distribution, PR support and production work - just from submitting to us alone you are opening yourself up to some genuine opportunities that lie ahead.

Australia has, for many years, cultivated some of the best independent work the market has ever seen. From filmmakers to actors, Australia has exported some of the best talents, and arguably some of the most imaginative work for generations. The Lift-Off Film Festival Network see our festival in Sydney as the perfect bridge between entry-level work and full professional status. A great way to inspire the next generation and an instantly romantic and exciting destination for outsiders to screen their projects.

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 upcoming Lift-Off cities!

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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Luke & Brando

    Great festival. The quality of films was impressive and consistently so. We were honoured to play alongside such amazing films. Very supportive of the filmmakers and helping promote us.

    December 2017
  • Sean Bell

    Such a great festival. I have been to a lot of festivals all over the world and this is one of the most organised, professionally run. They have it down to a real science. The venue (Dendy Newtown) was an excellent choice, the selection and variety of films was outstanding and the communication by the organisers was regular and concise. A truly great festival.

    December 2016