6th Annual

London Lift-Off Film Festival

November 30, 2016 to December 05, 2016

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Room 7 SP Block
Goldfinger Avenue
Pinewood Studios
Iver SL0 0HL
United Kingdom
Phone: 07725909154

DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Animations in any length or genre accepted from around the world. We are looking for solid and engaging stories with unique methods, daring styles, eye opening content and exceptional direction.

Secure online screeners only.
Live Action Narratives
Live Action Narrative Films in any genre accepted from around the world. We are looking for solid and engaging stories with strong acting and exceptional direction.

Secure only screeners only.
Documentaries in any length or genre accepted from around the world. We are looking for solid and engaging stories with strong character driven subjects, human connection, eye opening content and exceptional direction.

We only accept online screeners.
Music Videos
Music Videos in any genre accepted from around the world. We are looking for solid and engaging stories with strong character driven subjects. The music video needs to have a narrative, we need to see relevance with the musical content and a poetic delivery.

Secure online screeners only.

Music videos less than 10 mins in length are considered. SD and HD screener's in most formats accepted.
SmartPhone Films
These films must have been produced using a smartphone.
Proof of this might be required if selected.

Online Screeners only.
Scripts and Screenplays
scripts and screenplays of any length, genre, and type. This includes screen, stage, tele and web shows.


London Lift-Off Film Festival is the longest running Lift-Off event, having had our home at some of London's most prestigious screening locations, it still remains to be the only international film festival where attendance is free and global production companies, agencies and press interest is high. The fastest growing film festival in Europe aims to showcase our filmmakers talents with a week long celebration in a 100% audience choice awards platform at the beautiful Soho Hotel, where the winning films receive automatic official selections at every subsequent globally based Lift-Off Film Festival. Unique press interest is set-up for all of our filmmakers, giving an instant foundation to help them launch their professional lives.

London 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.

If your work wins London Lift-Off then you could be screened to audiences in Hong Kong, Liverpool, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Singapore, Sydney and London. Along with the possibility of earning money by forming part of Lift-Off's On-Demand Initiative at the end of the respective season.

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

Showcasing your work, building press coverage, exposing you to global production companies, industry agencies, and worldwide producers.

Our motto and selection ethos...

Look beyond the gloss. Put talent before technology.

If your work is rich in substance, has exceptional subject matter, a superior execution of story structure and you want to screen your work to a truly remarkable and global audience then this is your film festival.


The festival invites new hopefuls from around the globe to screen with the winners of previous Lift-Off's, whom are all programmed together and go head-to-head, with the extended chance to win full official selection tours of all the proceeding Lift-Off global events.

What we offer...

Promoting you as a filmmaker, and supporting your professional life.

Lift-Off is committed to launching the careers of the filmmakers we showcase. We don't exist for the false glamour, cheesy prestige, or hollow promises.

Lift-Off introduces you to global production companies, Hollywood, NYC and London based director agencies. And we get you press exposure.

Our laurels aren't enough, which is why every single Lift-Off winner and special mention is introduced to our press contacts and given as much exposure as possible. This doesn't just mean carpet bombing our contacts lists with a cookie cutter press release, this means actual introductions, and the chance to join our VOD distribution initiative at the end of the respective season.

At the submission level alone...

Every single filmmaker who submits will receive from us exclusive submitter only content that aim to coach and guide all filmmakers on the continuous marketing of their work. Please allow london@lift-off-festival.com to be accepted into your inbox!

On top of this we also engage with partnership social media marketing and weekly emails sharing posts written by our festival founders giving a wide insight into the festival workings and the market on a whole.

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 extended feedback.

We offer this to our filmmakers who are willing to pay for the valued time of the person assessing their work.

Based on levels of experience and involvement, we offer extended feedback at the following levels:-

Festival Founder Feedback
Industry Professional Judge Feedback
Peer Feedback

These are submission options displayed at the side of this listing. Each one is a flat fee.

Feedback will be delivered after the festival has finished it's event, or if the date is far in advance at the earliest convenience. For more information on the extended feedback options please see here: http://www.lift-off-festival.com/extended-feedback

About London Lift-Off...

As part of the Lift-Off International Film Festivals based in London, the cultural global exchange: London Lift-Off Takes place in early December 2015.

Check out some of the press interest from 2014...

Little White Lies -- Preview and Review.

Fortitude Magazine -- Interview James Bradley Lift-Off Co-Founder.

Held at the prestigious and beautiful Soho Hotel in the heart of film industry London, London Lift-Off invites industry professionals and the general public to celebrate the exceptional work of some of the most talented and brave of filmmakers the globe has to offer.

Student and professional film makers have the chance to showcase their work in an unbiased environment. We will be programming student films with professional/independent ones and then voting on them on individual merit rather than containment within category. Every single film and script that is submitted will be treated the same and entered into the same pot. Awards will be given to highest standards in drama, acting, story structure and artistic merit.

A large budget and glossy production value means nothing to us at Lift-Off -- all we care about is great delivery of an honest story.

Exclusive content only for those who submit to a Lift-Off Film Festival.

All of the content has been purposely written for those who wish to have greater success on the festival scene and possibly build their own filmmaking creativity into something marketable and sustainable.

Here's what we'll be sending you...

- I've submitted my film to festivals, now what.
- Top Five Indie Film Festivals.
- Looking to Start a Career in Film, can festival success help.
- Independent Films That Get Distribution & Why.
- Top Five Reasons Indie Filmmakers Make it In Hollywood.


Ben Pohlman; Ben Pohlman; Ben Pohlman; James Bradley; James Bradley; James Bradley; James Bradley (Co-Director)


All entrants will be notified in writing of the status of their submission by November 20th. If you change your address after submission of work, please inform us. We announce the programme and update the status of your work via Withoutabox, if you require any other means of notification, please inform the festival.

If selected, a .mov or a data DVD is to be supplied before screening. This needs to be set at an appropriate size and file transferred to the festival once notification emails have been sent.

Please add london@lift-off-festival.com to your acceptance of email addresses to avoid any urgent notification emails being sent to your spam or being missed.

Directors should also provide contact telephone numbers and all email addresses must be valid.


We accept all films in any genre. Submissions are accepted on DVD, paper and secure-online screeners. Please label all work clearly with your name, contact information, exhibition format and running time. The festival cannot be held accountable for faulty or uncued preview DVD's.

Final programming decisions will be made by the screening committee in shortly after the final decision deadline. All entrants will be notified via FilmFreeway.

If selected, an .mov or a data DVD is to be supplied with the film for screening.