For over ten years the Lift-Off Global Network has been taking some of the best indie work to the far east. It is without a doubt that Japan offers an exceptional audience base for true indie work. Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival is one of the most successful in the season. With back to back sellouts and huge interest from the general public and local press.

* Free Translation Services. Lift-Off covers the translation into perfect Japanese subtitles for our Japanese audience. All submissions must be originally submitted to us in English or English subtitles.

Screen your work in Tokyo & open Japanese nationwide distribution opportunities!

The Japanese film market is ever-expanding to include a national and international indie cinema marketplace. Our screenings take place at the UPLINK Factory Theatre in the Shibuya District, known commonly as the centre of Tokyo - a famous location in Tokyo for independent, counter-culture and progressive thinking. Tokyo Lift-Off gets a lot of press coverage and is quickly becoming a highlight in the indie film calendar of Japan.





Lift-Off Global Network invites you to join our Network Members' platform which will provide you with the resources you need to launch your filmmaking career.

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

- Fee waivers to all Lift-Off Showcases (worth $300)
- Free tickets to Lift-Off Film Festivals and the Lift-Off Season Awards
- Career guidance from the Lift-Off co-founders
- The chance to apply for representation at international film markets including Cannes, EFM, and AFM

Our Professional Membership is an annual subscription of $189, everything Intermediate Membership offers you:

- Fee waivers across our entire festival network (worth $700)
- Access to an international film jobs database
- Access to scripts from our Network
- Upload your own scripts
- Access to a detailed 5-week production accelerator course

For more information please head to our website:

Our prizes and awards stretch from the submission level, all the way through to the Lift-Off 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.


The Lift-Off Season Awards

To celebrate and look back on the Lift-Off Season, Lift-Off host a prestigious awards ceremony called the Lift-Off Season Awards. The black tie event sees filmmakers, press, and industry professionals gather at the world-famous Lift-Off Season Awards for a night of awards, music, and networking.

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Nominees are chosen after each Lift-Off Film Festival.
The categories:

Best Feature Live Action Narrative
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Live Action Narrative
Best Short Documentary
Best Director
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Music Video
Best Animation
Best Art Direction
Best Cinematography
Best Post Production
Best Screenplay
Best Actor
Best First-Time Film

We can’t wait to see which films get nominated this year!


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.

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.
All films will be subtitled into perfect Japanese. A dialogue list/SRT file in English will be required.

Proudly, we have no other restrictions for your work. This includes your work's premiere status, its age and/or whether your work has been made available online.

Screenplays are longlisted for the season awards, it will state that they weren't selected but all screenplays submitted to Lift-Off are longlisted for the Season Awards show held at Pinewood Studios at the end of the Lift-Off Season.

Overall Rating
  • Fabienne Facco

    My movie was selected at the Online Tokyo lift off film festival. Good communication. I was sent a link to watch all the movies on line. It was great. Won best feature award and a live screening in Paris ! I was also offered a year membership at the Lift Off Global Network. I don't know yet how to use it but it looks like it gives good opportunities for you current and future work. I highly recommend !

    November 2019
  • cheng herng shinn

    Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival was incredible! The selection and networking was excellent and more importantly, it felt so genuine, done with so much heart. When all has faded, the hospitality and sincerity will be remembered! The organizers are a hard-working, sincere, kind bunch with killer taste and an appetite for more. This festival is a gem and a wonderful experience! I highly recommend it!!

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Cheng, really appreciate the kind words. We can't wait to see what you're working on next!

  • Sadly I couldn't attend the festival but really wish I could. Needless to say the communication with the Lift Off team was excellent and still felt very much apart of the festival. My favorite part about Lift Off film festivals is receiving audience feedback. It's a great gauge to what's working and not working with one's film, especially when screened over multiple markets.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Josh. We're glad to have you in the Lift-Off Network.

  • Two Balloons

    Great Festival and a great group of people running the festival!

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words.

    It was a pleasure to take Two Balloons to the Japanese audience; they absolutely loved it.

  • James Latimer

    I have a great time with the fest, with the organisers particularly being great people who really care about the films they screen and the filmmakers behind them. They offered me a lot of time to talk about how to best continue using the momentum gained to be successful in this industry.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks James, we're excited to screen more of your work in LA!
    Please keep us up-to-date with any future projects you're working on.