6th Annual

Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival

June 04, 2016 to June 07, 2016

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Live Actions Narratives
Films of any length, genre and from anywhere in the world accepted.
scripts and screenplays of any length, genre and from anywhere in the world accepted.
Documentary films of any length, genre and from anywhere in the world accepted.
Music Videos
Music Videos accepted in length or genre from anywhere in the world.
Animated films in any length, any genre and from anywhere in the world considered.


Las Vegas is a city with many secrets, one of them is that it has a thriving indie film community with a great thrust for culture and independent thinking.

Las Vegas Lift-Off is one the best attended film festivals on the network. It is a city packed with hidden opportunities for talented filmmakers.


❀ The Lift-Off Film Festival Network now offers to all of our Officially Selected Filmmakers, 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 to 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.


Las Vegas is a city bursting with energy and American culture. Many sub-cultures have broken away from the obvious glitz and glam of the world famous strip which gives our festival a truly underground artistic vibe, but with a globally connected network to fully support it's screeners and winners. Awards are audience choice where the winners enjoy automatic official selections at the subsequent Lift-Off global film festivals.

Las Vegas 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 United States 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.


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…

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, 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)


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

All entrants will be notified via WAB


The Las Vegas 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.