Submitting Your Work to Lift-Off Global Network

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How to get your work to us.

Lift-Off accepts work from all over the world. We screen everything from feature films, to shorts (documentaries, narrative and animations), web series and music videos. We also run a script and screenwriting competition at all of our festivals.
We have ten cities around the world spread throughout the year with a big season award show at the end of the season in December. All of our festivals carry over the winners from the previous city, yet we programme along with these new films sent into us via our two main submission partners, Withoutabox and FilmFreeway.
These two submission platforms enable filmmakers to submit to thousands of film festivals around the world. Some with entry fees and some without. Click the respective logos below to see the Lift-Off Film Festivals on either site. Please note that our submission fees are different between the two due to variations in commissions and marketing packages. Our advice is to choose the platform you are more suited and, of course where applicable, the cheapest option for you!
As you are probably already aware, we are the only festival that provides value/product for each submission fee. Not only that we are very different from all of the festivals you may have encountered before. Our judges are given strict instruction to highlight all of the quality that comes into us and we do all that we can to ensure that talented filmmakers are not rejected from our network.

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.

Worldwide Screenings

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.

How we select the films we screen...

At each festival all of the films are given an overall score out of ten from the following -- Originality / Creativity, Direction, Writing, Cinematography, Performances, Production Value, Pacing, Structure & Sound / Music.

Doing everything we can to support you, your work and your career...

We programme as best as we can as many films as possible into the live screenings, without restricting on length, genre or the age of the film, as we deem this to be an all too often anti-filmmaker "festival self serving" policy.
The rest of the films above the quality threshold are invited to join our Lift-Off Online Festival which runs parallel with the live screenings. This is optional to the filmmaker and is only for a limited time. The Lift-Off Online initiative works really well in engaging filmmakers, and potential audience, who might not be able to attend the live screenings. It also helps in creating buzz about the festival and the filmmakers work. Winners of the online festival get automatic official selections at the next subsequent two Lift-Off Cities - forming part of the live screenings and are still in competition to win our major awards.

Highlights from last years Lift-Off Season Awards Show at Pinewood Studios…

Social Media - Our social marketing prowess is perfect for film distributors...

Marketing films to potential audiences is all about engagement and building hype through interests and regions. We have spread our social activities to fall in line with the geography of our various cities and their surrounding regions. Our social sites serve as perfect locations to keep up to date with our audiences, engage with our followers and market directly the efforts of the filmmakers we showcase. We welcome you to engage with us...


We can't promise 100% selfie free but we'd love for you to follow what we're up to as we engage with indie filmmakers around the world. Follow all of our 'filtered' adventures on the worlds fastest growing social media platform!


60'000 followers last time we checked and growing by the day! Naturally, our views are entirely our own. Twitter seems to be a gold mine for wit, personal jibes and an amazing human-character study tool. If you're on Twitter simply say hello using the hash tag #LiftOffFilmFestivals and we'll find you!