Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival 2023
- Networking, Workshops & Events
- Film Market Representation
- Lift-Off Global Network Season Award Qualified Nominations
- Season Award Winners Screen at Every Lift-Off Film Festival in 2023!

For over twelve 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 based in Japan.

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

Learn more about the Lift-Off Global Network and how we support our filmmakers. Watch coverage from our festivals, see the interviews and engage with our live workshops directly from our YouTube Channel. Simply copy and paste this link into a separate tab: https://www.youtube.com/c/liftoffglobalnetwork

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.

東京へLift-Offが初上陸!インディペンデント映画の国際交流に参加して、日本や世界のフィルムメーカーを応援しませんか。7日間開催される本映画祭では、ショートフィルム、長編フィルム、アニメ、音楽ビデオ、ドキュメンタリーやドラマを上映します
Lift-Off映画祭は、一年を通して、世界11都市で開かれる国際映画祭です。

2011年に開始されてからこの革新的な映画祭は、インディペンデント映画製作者を支援しながら、世界中でイベントを開催しています。映画祭シーズン最後には、英国の一流スタジオであり、世界的に著名な映画監督もホームグラウンドとするパインウッド・スタジオにて授賞式を行います。

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FREE SUBMISSIONS TO ALL LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVALS WITH NETWORK MEMBERSHIP

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: https://liftoff.network/membership/

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.

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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.

Visit https://liftoff.network/season-awards/ to find out more.

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!

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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.

If you pay a submission fee, we will screen your work. Our programme's are separated into categories based on your content's level of storytelling, production value, message and acting. During the festival we have two voting committees - our professional jury and the general public.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our online festivals are NOT a pay for vote platform. If you invite your friends and family to watch either the physical or online screenings it is encouraged that they engage with as much of the content as possible and vote accordingly. This is why two votes are always counted from each audience member with both votes resulting in 1 point for each film. We are doing our best to invite new and exciting audiences to genuine indie film content - if you can encourage your audiences to do the same we will build a wonderful network of opportunity for all, no matter where you are starting out.

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

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  • It was a great honor to be selected for Vietnamese Shortfilm "Faded" by the team at Tokyo Lift-Off Festival! Thank you so much!

    September 2022
  • Thank you so much Tokyo Lift-Off film festival for showcasing our film - the experience has been absolutely great and I will encourage all filmmakers to apply for this most excellent festival!

    Best regards Thor

    June 2022
  • Suzanna Lam

    Thank you for your time and consideration. It's refreshing to see your YT clip about the festival and the live performance. The organizers were prompt in responding to emails so can't complain there. The overall experience has been very positive.

    June 2022
  • Thank you very much for selecting my film. I am very proud to have been distinguished in your very beautiful festival. It's very important for me to share "A day will come" and I'm glad you like it.
    I wish you all the best,
    Nicolas Cazalé

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Nicolas

  • David Filmore

    WOW!!! I love Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival with every fiber of my being. It was a joy and pleasure to be a part of this amazing festival, and to meet my fellow filmmakers. I can't say enough about how great, fun, and professional the staff are! They always kept me updated about events, panels and other happenings. I wish my doctor kept me this well informed! You can really tell that they genuinely love films. And the film community is enriched because of this festival. They are truly one of the best festivals in the world!

    June 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, David! it's been a pleasure screening your work at the Tokyo Festival. It was also great getting you on one of our Youtube live streams. We can not wait to see your next projects.