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March 1st, 2017 | Devilworks acquires the brilliant Vancouver Lift-Off Film Festival Winner: Josh Laner's 'Ken Foster'
March 1st, 2017... 'Ken Foster' signs with Devilworks for world rights distribution. The feature documentary directed by Josh Laner was a crowd favourite at Vancouver Lift-Off Film Festival last summer, prompting the Lift-Off Global Network to represent the film at AFM (The American Film Market) in Santa Monica last November.
Following a series of offers, the team decided that Devilworks poised the best option for worldwide distribution sales and thus 'Ken Foster' was acquired.
'Ken Foster' is a gripping, and many times hilarious, a documentary that follows the Vancouver street artist Ken Foster as he deals with the demon of addiction wrestling with the inner glow of his character and obvious artistic genius. Told from the stories of his loved ones, collectors and the man himself, through art battles and life on the street - this is a film with guts, honesty and compassion that will make any audience an immediate fan.
The Lift-Off Global Network is very different from the film festivals you know. We screen films but that's where the similarities end...
Our ten cities not only provide live screenings in exciting venues around the world and throughout the year, but at our core we are an entry level talent introducer for filmmakers and their films. Through the creation of a genuine introducer non-profit network, we have teamed up with sales agents and one of the largest talent agencies in the world, providing them with a first look at the work we select and the filmmakers we champion. We don't have screening restrictions on premier status or if your film has been viewed online before. We screen your work because we believe in it and we want you and your work to have the best possible opportunities for success.
These are the people we have teamed up with to help our filmmakers...
We do not take any introducer fees, nor do we provide hollow promises. If we believe that your work should be seen by the right people who can take it to the next level we will make sure they see it! Our festivals act as professional and public showcases where we invite press, distributors, industry stakeholders and the general public to engage with true independent cinema. Screening exceptional work, and introducing the next generation of talent to companies with similar vision and the ability to help take our Lift-Off Filmmakers to the next level. We launch filmmakers careers!
We are very different to anything else you've seen or heard about before...
Genuine Value for your Festival Submission Fee
We believe strongly that if we charge you for something then we must provide value, which is why our submission fees come with exclusive content for everyone who submits to our festivals.
Submit to one of our cities, win the audience choice award and then screen at the next city. It is not uncommon that one film will gain huge traction with us and screen all over the globe!
Public Relations Support
We give you your own customisable press release, and introduce you to journalists that will help build the buzz surrounding you and your work. On top of this we also give each and every submitter an exclusive eBook for free which highlights the best practice for marketing your screening with us.
Awarding Everyone Involved
Our Season Awards held annually at Pinewood Studios features awards in several categories. They include the many disciples of a typical cast and crew on an indie film. These people are the core of the work and they deserve to be recognised for their talents.
Extensive Feedback & Career Road-Mapping
We can supply full feedback on the work you send us, plus also give a realistic view as to what you need to develop in order to fully achieve your goals.
An On-Demand Model for Short Films
Short film distribution is difficult, however we beleive that there is still a market out there provided the filmmakers create and pursue it. At the end of each Lift-Off Season we will invite the best short films of the year to form part of our on-demand initiative. Where the filmmakers take 100% of the proceeds.
Introductions to Talent Agents
Directors like actors need representation, they help to get paid work and assist in legal issues when required. The problem is they choose who they wish to represent and it can be hard to get your foot in the door. Lift-Off now has strong connections in this area and are proactive in ensuring that our award winning filmmakers are given full introductions to the industries biggest players. We want you to realise your professional life within film and one way in doing that is by introducing - fee-free - your skills to our partners.
Genuine Introductions | Sales Agents and Distributors
We have relationships with sales agents and introduce specific work we know they'll be interested in, without taking a single penny or finders fee. Outside of the film markets we cater our programming towards the work we know will be of interest to the partners we have on-board, either genre or region specific and in the same time offer curve-balls to the agencies on a first look basis.