The Lift-Off Network Season
The Lift-Off Season includes a series of Lift-Off Festivals, Showcases @ Pinewood Studios, workshops & networking events supported by a global members' platform - the Network Members' Hub.
Throughout the year-long celebration of indie film, the Lift-Off Season identifies projects and awards nominations for the Lift-Off Season Awards. The Season's final event held at Pinewood Studios, the Season Awards recognises the best-of-the-best and promotes the filmmaking talent from within the projects.
Previous Season Awards Winners have gone on to win Oscars and acquire global distribution deals. But beyond the headline successes are countless stories of creative development, inspiration and collaborations with a true indie spirit from within the Network.
The Lift-Off Season includes:
The Season Awards
The Lift-Off Season Awards is an annual event celebrating the best of the best from the Lift-Off Season. SA Nominations screen at Lift-Off's HQ in Pinewood Studios throughout the event & the celebration culminates with an award ceremony recognising the best films in each category.
Season Award Nominations are awarded to outstanding projects placed on the shortlist throughout the Lift-Off Season. SA Nominations recognise the projects that display excellence in their respective categories.
Lift-Off Film Festivals
Each festival screens a diverse range of projects and talents during a month-long event comprising online screenings & in-person networking sessions.* During the screenings, the Official Selections are invited to join the Lift-Off Network Hub, to access focus groups and online workshops throughout the event.
All festival screenings are in competition & Lift-Off Season Award Qualifying
Lift-Off's Competition, Awards & Judging Process
Each year the Lift-Off Global Network of film festivals screen hundreds of incredible films from a diverse range of artists that all deserve praise. Throughout the Season, we aim to discover and publicise the very best from this pool of talent and give those filmmakers the recognition they deserve.
There are two judging rounds before Official Selections are allocated. In the first round, the Official Judging Panel reviews the submissions & assesses them across ten categories. The categories considered are: Originality / Creativity, Direction, Writing, Cinematography, Performances, Production Value, Pacing, Structure, Sound & Music. Round 2 places the projects into the Official Selection online programmes.
During the festival, the Official Selections are again reviewed by the Judging Panel whilst also receiving votes from the attending audiences throughout the festival.
After the festival closes, the weighted scores are combined, and the top-scoring films are promoted into the internal Network Round. The Network Round is hosted on the Lift-Off Network Hub, where the Lift-Off Jury and Network Hub Members score the films once again and vote for the winners.
After the festival closes, the winners are announced, the prizes awarded, and deserving projects are placed on the Season Award Nominations Shortlist. The Official Jury allocates Lift-Off Season Award Nominations based on merit within each category.
The Showcases, held at Pinewood Studios, are quarterly events aimed at screening & workshopping indie content from unsung talents and introducing producers to exciting new projects. Film showcases consist of an out-of-competition screening followed by a focus group & feedback session. Screenwriter showcases consist of script readings with professional actors, followed by a focus group centred around the next stages of development.
Whilst the screenings are out-of-competition, deserving projects may be promoted to the shortlist for the Lift-Off Season Awards.
Founded in 2011, the Lift-Off Network champions true indie filmmaking. The Lift-Off Network promotes up-and-coming voices and provides a space for collaboration and support towards the next step.
The Network believes that indie film matters, storytelling can change the world & emerging artists need support to develop creatively, foster new connections and reach global audiences.
Lift-Off Global Network is based at one of the most famous film studios on the planet. Our headquarters at Pinewood Studios in the UK is at the heart of the film industry. This gives us unique access to state-of-the-art technologies, industry stakeholders and a great canteen!
We welcome face-to-face meeting requests from anyone interested in learning about our work. We are an open and energetic team focused on changing the film industry by introducing unique ideas - forging long-lasting relationships with other organisations and the great people we meet along the way.
Lift-Off Session &
First-Time Filmmaker Sessions
Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions & First-Time Filmmaker Sessions are designed to be the entry into the Lift-Off Global Network. These free-to-submit competitions are held in a monthly online showcase dedicated to screening a collection of globally submitted indie shorts and features (of all genres) from new voices to our global audiences.
Lift-Off Sessions isn't about selecting the best possible shorts or features from the films submitted to us; it is about providing a screening opportunity for everyone. An option we hope highlights and educates every month.
All selections will get an invaluable opportunity to engage with a wide range of contemporaries' work while supporting indie film and its continued success.
The Lift-Off Network Hub
The Network Hub is the virtual home for festivals, workshops and members of the Lift-Off Global Network.
Get free submissions with Network Membership:
⭐ Fee waivers to all Lift-Off Festivals & Showcases (worth $300)
⭐ Apply for representation at international film markets, including Cannes, EFM, and AFM
⭐ Access to international film jobs
⭐ Networking, Workshops & Online Events
Join us at the famous Lift-Off Networking-Speed-Date session, followed by drinks and a party! An exclusive event for Official Selections & Network Members, attendees are invited to pitch their future content or share their previous work with an emphasis on finding collaborative partners to help with the next step. After the presentations, attendees participate in the Network-Speed-Date, where they get a chance to speak with everyone in the room for 1 minute before continuing with deeper conversations in the bar.
* For the 2023 Season, in-person networking events will be held at Berlin, Manchester, New York, Los Angeles & London
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