Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival 2022
- 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!

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.

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
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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/

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.

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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Networking
  • Angela Onuora

    This was my first film festival event and they made it memorable for me. I look forward to sharing more of my work with you! Thank you!

    February 2022
  • 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 Toronto 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 too many societies.
    We recommend submitting your work and we certainly intend to participate again in the future.

    Peace and stay safe!

    January 2022
  • Jon Holmes

    Toronto thankfully included feature comedy, Battleground State, in its official line up, and I couldn't be happier to be involved in such a dedicated and name-brand festival like Lift Off. I felt personally catered for and given good advice, with the only slight qualm being that with such a global audience films could certainly be promoted by the festival (at least online anyway) even moreso.

    December 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Jon, we always love seeing good comedy come through our platform. It lifts a programme for people amidst lots of heavy drama content. Great to hear you enjoyed being a part of the Network. We will definitely look into more ways we can promote filmmakers. We're building on these ideas through things like interviews with our filmmakers and members on our YouTube channel. Always open to new ideas too!

  • Jake Burgess

    Great fest. Super friendly staff! So happy to have been apart of it.

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for being an active member of the festival and surrounding events. We would LOVE to know more about what's next in your filmmaking timeline, so be sure to stay connected to us via the Lift-Off Network Festival Hub Jake!

  • Krishna Kolanupaka

    The liftoff team reached out to me saying my project is an official selection and that I will receive an email in regards to that. I never did and that was in July 2021. I emailed a couple of times after that, reuploaded the film as asked but zero communication since then. I've never received an email nor seen it on their website.

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Krishna,

    Really sorry to hear this was your experience. This is unusual, and we will absolutely be looking into. We are aware the invite emails can fall into spam. We know you uploaded your film via the link sent to you via our support team, but unfortuantely it does seem there was a glitch with this upload. We'd still love to screen It's A Love - Hate Thing, so we've added the details to our Sydney Lift-Off. We'll email you privately to confirm this.