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 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.

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. The films are scored and the top voted films are then promoted into our internal Network Round, where the Jury and our Network's Professional Members vote for the winners. Winners are announced, prizes and Season Award Nominations are given for the content chosen during this final round.

Lift-Off Season Award Nominations are handed out based on merit within each category and are judged against the current crop of nominations we have so far from our City based festivals this Season. To get a sense of the event please check out our previous Season Award videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkThH9jb4zY

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.

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  • Victoria Rhodes

    This was an eye opening experience in organization and the love of film! You are welcomed into the Lift-Off family and get to meet your new brothers and sisters in this artistic expression. I am honored to have been a part of it!

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    Response from festival:

    Many thanks Vicki for being such a wonderful and engaging participant in the festival. We loved having you on our YouTube channel for the Focus Group, and seeing you engage on the Network Hub platform too. All the best with your future screenings.

  • Mahakarunik Production

    We are truly grateful for selecting our shortfilm for Tokyo liftoff Filmfestival. It gave us immense pleasure to participate in such a well organised festival. We would like to participate again soon. Thanks alot.

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for screening with us!

  • The cast, crew, followers of "The Devil's Tail" and myself were honoured to be a part of the "Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival." Communication and feedback from the festival has always been prompt and concise - a venue not only highly organized and established, but recommended for filmmakers seeking a world class platform for their works. Thank you TL-OFF ! Gregory Terlecki, Going Beyond Violet Productions, Toronto.

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words Gregory, pleasure to screen The Devil's Tail. So glad you and the team enjoyed the Tokyo festival experience.

  • Chris Oledude


    From Christopher R. Owens, President, CESO Enterprises, Inc. crowens@cesony.com:

    On behalf of CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., Alyssa Dann, Chris Oledude, and all of our production participants, I would like to compliment the organizers and operators of the Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival! When we created our first music video (which was long enough to be a short film), we knew nothing about film festivals. With the help of FilmFreeway, we started researching. The categories were good. Everyone who contacted us on behalf of this festival was helpful. The submissions looked excellent.

    It was indeed exciting to discover this new world and to be so warmly welcomed by the inhabitants!  To have GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES selected for inclusion was an honor in and of itself. We were happy to “get the word out” and continue motivating people worldwide to consider the injustices embedded within our nation’s criminal justice system. After all, situations where a powerful segment of the population uses its law enforcement apparatus to abuse and oppress other segments of the population are recognizable in and common to many societies.
    We recommend submitting your work and we certainly intend to participate again in the future. Peace and stay safe!

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for screening your important film to our audience Chris. Very impressive debut music video. We look forward to seeing what comes next from you!

  • Valeria Riquelme

    First time ever at a festival and I couldn’t be more pleased. Thank you so much to the amazing team who provided constant opportunities and enthusiasm even though we were online. Kudos to all and thank you for selecting FOR HER!

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    First of many we are sure Val! Thanks for engaging so wonderfully. We can't wait to get you back on our YouTube channel!