6th Annual

London Lift-Off Film Festival

November 30, 2016 to December 06, 2016

Add to Watchlist Qualify this Project
Film Market
Submit Online
Soho, Central London
London W1
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1753 651700

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Live Action Narratives
Feature 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. Over 30mins in length.
Feature Documentaries
Feature Documentaries in any 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. Min Length 30 mins.
Short Live Action Narratives
Lift-Off is looking for engaging storylines, exceptional acting, excellent direction and high attention to detail.

A Lift-Off winning short can be in any genre, subject matter and budget. Winning shorts get full distribution across the Lift-Off Network spanning 10 global cities each with huge cinematic significance.
Short Documentaries
Lift-Off are looking for short documentaries that aim to shed light on a particular subject matter with an unbiased focus and binary quest for truth within the subject.

A Lift-Off winning short documentary will be character driven and challenging. All short documentaries must be less 30mins in length.
Web Series
We are looking for web series to programme at our events between our features and short programmes.

Max episodes 10. Max episode length 15mins.
Smartphone Films
Films where roughly 80% of the content was captured from a smartphone device. This includes any brand or model of phone camera/lens/rig.
Feature Scripts, Screenplays and Teleplays
Feature scripts considered provided that they are in readable English and .PDF format. Min length 30 pages.
Short Scripts, Screenplays and Teleplays
Short scripts considered provided that they are in readable English and .PDF format. Min length 30 pages.


❀ London Lift-Off is one of the ten Lift-Off Film Festivals spread throughout the year. Each festival has separate programming priorities and we welcome all submitters to consider increasing their chances of being screened. Simply by submitting to the other Lift-Off Film Festivals you may increase your chances of being programmed!

❀ The Lift-Off Film Festival Network now offers to all of our Officially Selected Filmmakers the opportunity to gain fair VOD distribution agreements on multiple platforms. Submit to find out more.

❀ Want to see us 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. Link: https://vimeo.com/151050496

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. 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 one of the most beautiful London based , where the winning films receive automatic official selections at every subsequent globally based Lift-Off Film Festival in the next season. 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

Check out some of the press interest...

Little White Lies -- Preview and Review.

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

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.

We look forward to reviewing your work and welcoming you in the Lift-Off Family.


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 21st. 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 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 to be supplied with the film for screening.