* 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 national and international indie cinema. 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 in Japan.

Not only is our festival a global showcase for filmmakers looking to take that next step, we provide a free service where we take your work to the major film markets AFM, Cannes, Berlin...etc All with the aim to getting your work acquired by distributors.

It is definitely worth submitting to our other festivals as well to widen your work’s platform and maximise your networking opportunities. There are different judges per festival, giving your film a better chance of going forwards into the Lift-Off Network! The top two winning films get official selections at either of the next two Lift-Off cities.

Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival screens at one of the most prevalent indie cinema locations in the whole of Japan. UPLINK is one of the main independent distributors in the country, distributing world cinema and international documentaries all over the nation. By having our home in Tokyo at the excellent, and extremely refreshing, HQ of Japan's biggest distributor, we are giving all who we screen the best possible platform in showcasing their work into this fascinating and highly responsive film market.

If selected Lift-Off will translate your dialogue into perfect Japanese, giving you the best possible chance of not just reaching distributors imagination, but also the attending press - Japan Today, Time Out Tokyo..etc - and our fantastically enthused Japanese audience.

❀ Tokyo Lift-Off is one of the ten Lift-Off Film Festivals spread throughout the year.

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。3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10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。

❀ The Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network has a unique model which is nothing like any film festival you have ever heard of before.

We give genuine-opportunity to filmmakers right from the submission level. Introductions to regional and international sales agents, distributors and talent managers. To understand more head here...

www.lift-off-festivals.com/lift-off-helps-filmmakers

❀ The Lift-Off Film Festival Network also offers to all of our Officially Selected Filmmakers in the shorts categories, the opportunity to gain fair VOD distribution agreements across multiple platforms.

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❀ Want to see our season awards in action? Here is a video featuring some of the highlights of our 2015 Season Awards held at the world famous Pinewood Studios - including interviews with our filmmakers and the Lift-Off Film Festival Network Co-Founders. https://vimeo.com/151050496

Since the invention of the medium, Japanese cinema has produced some of the most enchanting and captivating filmmaking the world has ever seen. From the Samurai war films that inspired the likes of Star Wars, through to the massive anime motion picture industry and the exceptional horror flicks of the 1990's - Japanese storytelling on the silver screen has been nothing short of excellent.

We have set up a film festival based in Tokyo to showcase our global entrants and to attract the next generation of Japanese filmmakers into the Lift-Off Network. Spanning a week long celebration in the heart of Japanese modern culture, Tokyo Lift-Off is the exciting exchange of truly extraordinary cinema.

Tokyo Lift-Off is a film festival that forms part of a wider network of connected film festivals around the world. A unique channel consisting of ten global cities and an on-demand platform. By submitting to any Lift-Off Film Festival you are giving your work the unique possibility of joining the only real alternative to global distribution and an institution determined to create a fairer industry.

Lift-Off's aim is to help you launch your professional life within film.

Showcasing your work around the world, building press coverage, exposing you to sales agents, distributors, global production companies, talent agencies, and worldwide producers.

The festival will welcome work from all over Japan and the rest of the world. We expect to receive films with courage, personable endeavour and unique voices.

✈ Feedback Options. Lift-Off Extended Feedback.

When you screen with any Lift-Off City we will be asking the attending audience for their feedback, and we will be sending that feedback to you. Audience responses are vital in understanding how your work sits on it's own merit, and we don't shy away from sending you the best of the best and the worst of the worst.

When your film screens around the world you might be surprised what you can learn.

We can also offer simple feedback sent in from our judges at no charge, however, sometimes this can be as simple as a single sentence and not very productive for you. So, with the help of our team, we have come up with a solid/full-rounded feedback procedure called 'Lift-Off Extended Feedback'.

We offer this to our filmmakers who are willing to pay for the valued time of the people assessing their work, we offer Extended and Extensive Feedback.

The qualified reviewer gives a full breakdown covering every aspect of your work. This includes analysis of the film language, the acting, the technical aspects and the artistic intention. Included with this are next step recommendations and a retrospective review all in a concise and easy to decipher PDF - - as shown in the image here...

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The feedback submission option is a simple flat fee which covers the submission to this festival and the reviewers time. This option is displayed at the side of this listing titled 'Lift-Off Extended Feedback' - this covers films or scripts of all types, lengths, media and genres.

The reviewers are made up of our festival founders James Bradley and Ben Pohlman, along with a fully qualified member of our selection committee.

The aim of Lift-Off Extended Feedback is to give the filmmaker and/or production team, a valued insight into the judging process and detail of a festival selection, but also the emotional response to the technical and philosophical intent behind the work - from a professional's standpoint. The overall goal is to build an understanding of the challenges, and to give invaluable insight into the next steps with professional and solid creative guidance - all delivered on a clear and easy to read multi page fully personalised document.

Feedback is delivered shortly after the festivals commencement.

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Find our other festivals on FilmFreeway!

If you wish to spread your risk, all of our other Lift-Off Film Festivals are listed on FIlmFreeway. Simply head to the search section and type "Lift-Off" - you will then see a list of all of our brilliant festivals.

Each and every one of them will be at different stages of deadlines, so prices will vary, please take your pick.

Current active Lift-Off Cities...

Current active Lift-Off Cities...

✈ Berlin ✈ Manchester ✈ Tokyo ✈ New York ✈ Toronto ✈ Los Angeles ✈ Amsterdam ✈ Paris ✈ Sydney ✈ London.

Berlin Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/BerlinLiftOffFilmFestival

Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ManchesterLiftOffFilmFestival

Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/TokyoLiftOffFilmFestival

New York Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/NewYorkLiftOffFilmFestival

Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/TorontoLiftOffFilmFestival

Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/LosAngelesLiftOffFilmFestival

Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/AmsterdamLiftOffFilmFestiva

Paris Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/ParisLiftOffFilmFestival

Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/SydneyLiftOffFilmFestival

London Lift-Off Film Festival:
https://filmfreeway.com/festival/LondonLiftOffFilmFestival

Awards & Prizes

The Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network is fast becoming a community within itself. Our prizes and awards stretch from the submission level, all the way through to our 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.

This is what all Lift-Off Film Festivals have to offer our submitters, high scoring films, official selections 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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❀ Script Selections ❀
5 to 20 Best Screenplays - selected for inclusion into the Lift-Off Community.

Selected screenwriters will be invited to include their work in our online Community portal. The portal is a curated data base 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.

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At the festivals.
Shorts, Music Videos and New Media...inc Web Series.

❀ Short Film Prizes.Live Action Narrative and Documentaries. Official Selections at proceeding Lift-Off Film Festivals.

❀ Nominations Short Films. When short films screen at any Lift-Off Film Festival they are automatically open to receiving nominations for the Lift-Off Season Awards, held at the world famous Pinewood Studios in December.

Nominations for Shorts, Music Videos and New Media.

Best Short Live Action Narrative
Best Short Documentary
Best Short Animation
Best Music Video
Best Web Series
Best Director (open for shorts, features and new media)
Best Actor (open for shorts, features and new media)
Best Acting Ensemble (open for shorts, features and new media)

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Features. Live Action Narrative. Documentary.

❀ Feature Film Prizes. Live Action Narrative and Documentaries. Official Selection at the next proceeding Lift-Off Film Festival.

Nominations for Feature Films.

Best Feature Live Action Narrative
Best Feature Documentary
Best Feature Animation
Best Post Production
Best Art Direction
Best Hair and Make-up
Best Cinematography
Best Director (open for shorts, features and new media)
Best Actor (open for shorts, features and new media)
Best Acting Ensemble (open for shorts, features and new media)

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After the screenings and season awards.

Optional inclusion | Best of Collection Lift-Off On-Demand.

❀ Online VOD Distribution. Any film which is screened during the season at any Lift-Off Film Festival is invited to earn money by being part of Lift-Off's Best of Collection.

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Lift-Off Family Membership?

After all of the above, you will be regarded as part of the Lift-Off Family for the years to come. We want you to continue to engage with us, and as we grow we will welcome select directors in helping us to build our own productions, projects, and hopefully join our jury and selection committee.

Rules & Terms

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 works premier status, it's 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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    Adam Losurdo

    A great group of people work so hard to make Lift-Off such amazing film festival. They really do care. I wish I could of attended Tokyo Lift-Off but I am glad to hear that it all went down very well. Very much recommended to any indie filmmaker.

    May 2017
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    Paul Nethercott

    I was delighted when the film I produced, Finding Beauty in the Rubble, won Best Short Documentary at Tokyo Lift-Off 2016. It was a huge boost to our film project. I was not able to attend but the director was there... Matthew T. Burns wrote, "I was greeted warmly by Ben and James upon arrival at a Lift-Off screening, and very pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of films presented. Docs, foreign language dramas, a couple sci-fi's, wild animated shorts, and a few films that made me laugh. My filmmaking and movie-going instincts were treated to a smorgasbord of creativity and artistic virtue. Thank you, Lift-Off, for the opportunity to be a part of your 2016 festival in Tokyo. It was a joy!"

    Associate Producer Atsuko Tateishi wrote, "The festival was managed very smoothly and professionally. I liked the venue very much. It felt cozy and intimate. That it had a film-friendly cafe on the same floor was a big plus. I wish the festival had not ended so late at night... My friends and I had to leave before the end of the program so we could catch the last train home."

    May 2016