Give your project the potential to screen all over the world!

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.

Calling all Australian filmmakers and global film directors! Get the best exposure for your work with opportunities that go far beyond the standard festival screenings. We are a professional showcasing, press coverage supplying, PR supporting, film market and sales introducing machine!

Australia has, for many years, cultivated some of the best independent work the market has ever seen. From filmmakers to actors, Australia has exported some of the best talents, and arguably some of the most imaginative work for generations. The Lift-Off Film Festival Network see our festival in Sydney as the perfect bridge between entry level work and full professional status. A great way to inspire the next generation and an instantly romantic and exciting destination for outsiders to screen their projects.

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.

Lift-Off's mission is to launch the professional lives of the filmmakers we showcase.

At Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival, filmmakers will go head to head in a film competition where the winners get the chance to screen all over the world.

Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival screens at the excellent Dendy Lounge, part of the Dendy Cinema, Sydney - Located in the heart of Newtown on cosmopolitan King Street, the Dendy Lounge offers cinema-goers a special & unique cinema experience. Head past the crowds to the priority queue to collect your tickets, then be invited into the Dendy Lounge's exclusive bar. Here you can enjoy food from their seasonal gourmet bar menu, expertly matched with a selection of local and international beer and wine. It's the perfect environment to unwind before the Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival begins!

International filmmakers are invited to submit and potentially screen their work into a whole new area. A region bursting with interests covering International content. An extremely active independent cinema scene.

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

❀ 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

Sydney is one of the most culturally diverse and happening cities on the globe, and Lift-Off is proud to now have a base there.

Sydney 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 the southern hemisphere and the rest of the world. We expect to receive films with courage, personable endeavor 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 its 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 professionals stand-point. 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 at different stages of deadlines, so prices will vary, please take your pick.

Current active Lift-Off Cities...

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

All of them are at different stages of deadlines, so prices will vary, please take your pick and follow the links provided below…

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

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/AmsterdamLiftOffFilmFestival

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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❀ Scripts Selections ❀
5 to 20 Best Screenplays - selected for inclusion into our Lift-Off Community.

Unlike normal festivals our script competition is different. We select screenwriters from all of our submissions and then invite them to enter their work onto our community portal. Our community-driven project is where the global Lift-Off Community of screenwriters are able to post treatments and link with production - introducing our writers to film directors looking for scripts. Screenwriters are invited when we select them through this very competition - and our other Lift-Off's spread throughout the year and across the globe.

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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.

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.

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    Sean Bell

    Such a great festival. I have been to a lot of festivals all over the world and this is one of the most organised, professionally run. They have it down to a real science. The venue (Dendy Newtown) was an excellent choice, the selection and variety of films was outstanding and the communication by the organisers was regular and concise. A truly great festival.

    December 2016