It is important to note that the first round of this competition is held online, via Vimeo On-Demand. The finalists are screened at both our annual Sessions event at Pinewood Studios in August AND they form part of Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival screening at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood in the summer.

Guaranteed screening to all submitters for the first round. This festival's first round is online, the top 5 films of each programme will be selected by the public, where each online audience member is asked to vote for their first and second favorite. These are weighted equally to remove bias. Each of the top 5 films (the semi-finalists) receive FREE Intermediate Lift-Off membership.

The semi-final is internal where the Lift-Off Judges pick their overall finalist from the top voted films. The finalists are all screened at Pinewood Studios UK AND Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, where an overall winner, who may select a live festival screening of their choice on the Lift-Off Platform (currently eleven cities worldwide).

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.

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:

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...

Finalists will be awarded free Network 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.

Each edition, the winning short will receive an official selection for a live screening at Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival, held every year at the beautiful screening rooms of the historic Raliegh 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.