9th Annual

London Lift-Off Film Festival

December 04, 2019 to December 09, 2019

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SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, 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 40mins 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 40 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 play at the proceeding Lift-Off Film Festival. It is not uncommon that one film will travel the world with us!
Short Documentaries
Lift-Off's 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 40mins in length.
Web Series
We are looking for web series to programme at our events between our features and short programmes.
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.
VR - 360 Virtual Reality Creative Content
To be screened using Samsung Gear VR. Any genre, any length. Shorts, Features, Live Action Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Music Videos.


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 being one of the best attended and press exposed Lift-Off's in the network.

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 several interesting and prestigious London screening-locations. Winning films receive automatic official selections at every subsequent globally based Lift-Off Film Festival. All official selections are immediately considered for our end of season awards show at Pinewood Studios shortly after - where we award multiple categories.


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

❀ The Lift-Off Film Festival Network now offers to all of our Officially Selected Filmmakers in the shorts categories, the opportunity to gain fair VOD distribution agreements across multiple platforms.

Lift-Off Film Festival Collection | Best of 2010-15

❀ Want to see us in action? Head to our website and watch the 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.

Head to our website to find out more: www.lift-off-festival.com

Extract from a recent interview between Film Festival Home and our co-founder James Bradley...

How does Lift-Off plan to bring back the art of film-making?
"The art of filmmaking doesn't need anything else added to it. It's the business, the industry on the whole which needs an institution like us. So many film schools and festivals have this "build our own reputation" agenda. I think many of them want to be the next Sundance or NYU. We couldn't give a rats ass about the glamour. We exist to launch the professional lives of the filmmakers we cross paths with, for no other reason but to eliminate the overriding pretence and closed door policy of many others..."

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 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 UK, Europe, the US and the rest of the world. We expect to receive films with courage, personable endeavour and unique voices.

Feedback Options.

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 it's 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 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

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 below...


Find our other festivals on Withoutabox!

If you wish to spread your risk, all of our other Lift-Off Film Festivals are listed on WAB.

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
Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival
Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival
New York Lift-Off Film Festival moving to New York City 2017.
Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival
Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival
Paris Lift-Off Film Festival moving to Paris in 2017
Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival

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.

❀ Submission to any of our festivals in 2018 entitles you to free entry to all of our 2018 festivals around the world! Your submission confirmation email will include a 100% discount code which you can use upon purchase of your festival attendance tickets. 

❀ 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.


At the festivals...

Shorts, Music Videos and New Media...inc Web Series.

❀ Short Film Prizes. Live Action Narrative and Documentaries. Official Selections all 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)


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)


❀ 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.


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.


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.


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All entrants will be notified in writing of the status of their submission by November 6th. 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 via secure screener's only.

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

If selected, an .mov to be supplied with the film for screening.