7th Annual

New York Lift-Off Film Festival

July 10, 2017 to July 15, 2017

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

Feature Length Live Action Narratives
Feature films with live action dramatic content. Over 40 minutes in length. Any genre, any age, no restrictions on premier or online status.
Documentary Features
Feature length documentary films of any subject considered. Must be more than 40 minutes in length.
Animated Features
Feature length animated films of 40 minutes or above considered.
Web Series
Web Series in any episode length, and episode count. We are happy to accept web series' from pilot to fully released online. Any premier and screening status considered - no restrictions.
Short Film. Live Action Narratives
Short live action narrative based films of any genre, 40 minutes in length and below. Any premier/screening status - no restrictions.
Short Documentary
Short documentary films of any genre, 40 minutes in length and below. Any premier/screening status - no restrictions.
Short Animations
Short animated films of any genre and style - 40 minutes in length and below. Any premier/screening status - no restrictions.
Music Videos
Music Videos of any genre, 10 minutes in length and below. Any premier/screening status - no restrictions.
Smartphone Films
Films shot using only a smartphone device. Any genre, any length and below. Any premier/screening status - no restrictions.
Scripts and Screenplays
Scripts can include any narrative based piece. This includes TV Shows, Films, Web Series. Any length and any genre.


New York is a hub of creative talent, bursting from it's emergence out of the 20th Century as one of the worlds top cities. It is an undeniable powerhouse of independent art, and a city of massive cultural, and business-relevance to the entire film industry. As Lift-Off looks to build quality audiences around the world - we are looking to NYC as a showcase location that will deliver more opportunities for our filmmakers to build their professional lives.

From talent agencies, sales agents, distributors and the press - New York Lift-Off is the destination for filmmakers looking to build their career, and have the right eyes on their work. The audeince feedback in NYC will give filmmakers a unique, quantifiable and intelligent breakdown as to how their work communicates to the bottomline. A great way to test ideas, network to creatively poised potential team members - gaining valuable insight from the right crowd.


The New York Lift-Off Film Festival forms part of the Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network. As the network draws itself closer to industry stakeholders, buyers and key audiences Lift-Off delivers value for the filmmakers we screen - powering home our belief that the industry doors should always be wide open to fresh talent and new ideas.

❀ New York 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.
Lift-Off Sales Agent and Talent Agency Partners

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 click here... How Lift-Off Helps Filmmakers.

❀ 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.

❀ 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.

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

Lift-Off Season Awards 2015 | Pinewood Studios, England.

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 New York, the US, Europe 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.

Lift-Off Audience Feedback Example

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...

Lift-Off Extended Feedback Example

The feedback submission options are displayed at the side of this listing.
Each one is a flat fee, for any type of script or film and includes the submission to this festival.


Find our other festivals on Withoutabox!

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

All of them are at different stages of deadlines, so prices will vary...

Use the WAB search facility to submit to...

Hong Kong Lift-Off Film Festival
Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival
Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival
Vancouver Lift-Off Film Festival
Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival
Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival
Singapore Lift-Off Film Festival moving to Paris in 2017
Sydney Lift-Off Film Festival
London 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.

❀ 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, 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)


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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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.

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

All entrants will be notified via WAB


The New York 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 statuses will be notified by Withoutabox on the notification date specified.