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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.
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/
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.
Visit https://liftoff.network/season-awards/ to find out more.
Nominees are chosen after each Lift-Off Film Festival.
Best Feature Live Action Narrative
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Live Action Narrative
Best Short Documentary
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Music Video
Best Art Direction
Best Post Production
Best First-Time Film
We can’t wait to see which films get nominated this year!
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.
Response from festival:
Hi Rob, we did our best to migrate our audience choice awards platform to an online model and at every Lift-off Festival where we have had physical screenings in the past, we have always given our paying attendees voting cards. The cost for a ticket to one of our online programmes is as cheap as possible, and our winners are not selected based on voter count alone, we have really tried to build something positive here that drives new audiences to genuine independent film. We are not saying that we're perfect, yet. But we do take this sort of feedback seriously and we respect that you have decided to make your feelings public, however, we would have also really liked an email from you explaining your position so that we could respond with ours. These reviews really affect us, our employees and the way that future filmmakers choose to engage with us. Times are tough right now and we are doing our best to adapt. Thank you for the feedback.