6th Annual

Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival

August 29, 2016 to August 31, 2016

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Los Angeles CA 90069
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Live Action Narratives
Films in any length, genre or premier status, from anywhere in the world considered. Providing that they are english audible or subtitled. Options for extensive feedback available.
Documentary films in any length, genre or premier status, from anywhere in the world considered. Providing that they are english audible or subtitled. Options for extensive feedback available.
Animation films in any length, genre or premier status, from anywhere in the world considered. Providing that they are english audible or subtitled. Options for extensive feedback available.
Scripts and Screenplays
We are accepting scripts from any medium. We are also offering extended feedback options.
Smartphone Films
Smartphone films in any length, genre or premier status, from anywhere in the world considered. Providing that they are english audible or subtitled. All films must have been shot using a smartphone's camera.

Options for extensive feedback available.


❀ Los Angeles 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

Los Angeles 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 LA 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.


Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival is the only internationally recognised, and Hollywood based film festival where all attendees are admitted for free. Free attendance means bigger crowds and greater exposure. Screening at the famous Raleigh Studios on Melrose, the week long celebration brings together the indie filmmaking community with a sole focus on the filmmakers, their teams and their achievements. Awards are 100% audience choice where the winners enjoy automatic official selections at all of the subsequent Lift-Off global film festivals.

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.

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..."

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.

Submitters automatically join the ever expanding network of emerging industry professionals that make up the Lift-Off family.

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 to global production companies and agents.

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 los-angeles@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


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Please check on submission that your email of exclusive content has arrived. We send it from Los-Angeles@lift-off-festival.com.

All entrants will be notified via WAB


The Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival only accepts secure online screeners. If selected you will be required to supply a data file. Selections are made during the decision deadline period and all status will be notified by Withoutabox on the notification date specified.