“Documentary filmmaking is about discovering, being open, and following curiosity” - Spike Jonze

Each of our eleven international city-based festivals receive hundreds of fantastic and diverse documentaries each season, and it’s always a great shame that we can’t provide all of them with the exposure they deserve.

This is why we have created The Documentary Showcase, which aims to celebrate and showcase more of the incredibly insightful content that we receive. The event consists of screenings, discussions, feedback and presentations by organisations eager to support documentary filmmakers venturing into the exciting world of independent film.

Fee Waivers, Priority Screenings, Jobs Database, Scripts Database, and much more...

Lift-Off Global Network offers to you the chance to join our platform. An "industry within the industry" and a place to build your career with showcases, education, festival screenings, and limitless fee waivers to all of our events for your content. We have so much to offer our members via Lift-Off Professional and Intermediate Memberships; the list is endless. We are sure that fee waivers and a priority on screening your work worldwide are worth your attention.

For more information please head to our website: www.liftoff.network

Our Professional Membership is an annual subscription of $189, 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

Intermediate Membership is an annual subscription of $89, which entitles you to,

-Free Submission to Showcases
-Launch Your Projects
-Free Tickets to Festivals
-Film Industry Jobs
-Production Support
-Career Road-Mapping
-Find Scripts & Screenplays

And much more...

Following on from the massive success of our First-Time Filmmaker Showcase, with one of our premier team's winning an Academy Award, we have designed this new showcase programme intended for documentary filmmakers - with the overall goal for all who are selected to have a head start within the film industry.

You will be joined by other skilled filmmakers carving their path in the film industry. There will be opportunities throughout the day to have your questions answered and this will enable filmmakers who attend the event to forge long lasting relationships which will be essential in the future! For each production team, there will also be a group peer review session. In this session, there will be a full discussion about the various films which have been screened during the day based on feedback from the attendees. Filmmakers will also have the opportunity to have a one-on-one meet and greet with the Lift-Off Co-founders James Bradley and Ben Pohlman.

Our goal is to offer as much as possible to all who submit, our officially selected filmmakers, our nominees and winners. At the submission level we offer value for your submission fee with exclusive content and a 24-page e-book, highlighting…

♠ Submitting to the large festivals
♠ Discussing classic mistakes on the festival circuit
♠ Highlighting the right festival submission strategy
♠ Some golden rules for success
♠ Tips on how to start building a realistic filmmaking career

There will be prizes for:

The winner will screen at one of Lift-Off’s international city-based festivals.

On top of this, is the huge potential of being invited to be part of one of the many upcoming Lift-Off productions planned for 2018 and beyond. With the instant usage of our production equipment valued over $75'000.

We accept all documentary film in any length

Digital online submission screeners via Filmfreeway only.

Invitations will only be offered to filmmakers (and their production teams) who have been selected by the in-house judges during the submissions process.
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
  • Stephane Benini

    A great experience with the Lift-Off crew in Pinewood and a really interested day to meet other directors and share our experience.

    September 2019
  • Elliott Watson

    Great day! And a fantastic opportunity to see Pinewood Studios

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Elliott!