Toronto is the base for independent filmmaking in Canada and is listed as one of the most important cities on the planet for breakthrough artists. From filmmakers to screenwriters, the city boasts a thriving opportunity platform for people making content from anywhere in the world.

The audiences in Canada love independent film and the market holds firm as a keen buyer of content from every walk of life.

Lift-Off Global Network has had a lot of success in finding work worthy of the Canadian market, and we are sure that Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival is an exceptional gateway for real talent looking for real opportunities that aide in that next-step in their careers.

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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

For more information please head to our website: https://liftoff.network

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Overall Rating
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  • Amazing festival! The communication is perfect. Very happy and grateful to have been part of it.

    August 2019
  • Very honoured to have been selected for Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival 2019! I was not able to attend but our team was thrilled to screen in Toronto at this film festival.

    August 2019
  • Marco Kyris

    Dear programers. Just want to thank you for the personal attention to film makers and their needs. All of you did a wonderful job putting it together. I appreciate it as a film maker and attendee. Great crew! marco kyris.

    August 2019
  • Germain Robin

    Even though we didn't have the possibility to attend to it, I have to say that the contact with the team of the Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival is amazing! Even before the selection, you get documents and advices that are already useful for the promotion of the film. We really enjoyed the way they are managing all the steps: managing interviews with the director, article through social networks etc.

    July 2018
  • Yaron Betan

    Awesome Festival! Great Team and organizers

    August 2017