Guaranteed screening to all submitters. This festival is very different from anything you have encountered before, the judging process is opened every month to our viewing public and your invited audience. The projects collect votes during a week-long VOD screening, with the top voted films promoted into our internal round where our judges vote on the finalists. Then when a winner has been announced that winner joins us for a live screening at our celebration event held once a year at Pinewood Studios.

The Lift-Off Sessions is a monthly online showcase, dedicated to screening the monthly collection of globally submitted indie shorts and features. With the aim to send each programme out to as wide of an audience as possible. The reason this festival is so different from many others is due to our data on declining audience figures for indie film. We decided to extend our resources to cater for an all-encompassing and welcoming platform where everyone can see the type of work and varying elements from as many projects as possible.

Lift-Off Sessions isn't about selecting the best possible shorts or features from the films that are submitted to us, it is about providing a screening opportunity for everyone. An opportunity we hope highlights and educates each and every month.

For you, the Lift-Off Sessions showcase is an invaluable opportunity to see lots of your contemporaries' work, while supporting indie film and its continued success.

Lift-Off Sessions screens shorts and features of all genres, from every corner of the globe.

How the winners are selected...

With detailed scoring and judging, the most engaged and talented projects are awarded. The festival scoring consists of two rounds:

Round 1: Social Round. The first round is open to the general public, where for the whole week votes are collected on the festival's Vimeo On-Demand page.

Round 2: Internal Judges Round. The top 5 films from the social round will be sent to Lift-Off's Internal Judges, who will go further in-depth and score the films based on multiple aspects. The film with the highest overall score wins.

Round 3. The monthly winning films come together for one screening and workshop event held at the world famous Pinewood Studios, where workshops, screenings, and introductions combine to create a one of a kind celebration of indie film.

Top voted films will receive useful insights from Lift-Off's official judges.

Finalists will be awarded free Community Standard membership. This is Lift-Off Global Network's new members' site; a launchpad created for anyone who wishes to have a career in film. From exciting global job opportunities to collaboration, tailored one2one sessions, exclusive content and access to project-ready scripts.


Winning filmmakers will be invited to a free Career Road-Mapping session with the Lift-Off Co-Founders, via skype.

Each edition, the winning short will receive an official selection for a live screening at Pinewood Studios.

♥ Lift-Off Production Support opportunities up to the value of $75,000 ♥

All submissions to be sent digitally via FilmFreeway.
We accept ALL genres and content type.