The Lift-Off Season Awards 2016

The 2016 Lift-Off Season

Our city-based festivals in 2016 were spread throughout the year in community hubs that we have identified as crucial indie filmmaking locations. We mixed local and international screenings, with Q&A’s, highly attended networking events, and workshops. 2016 saw us introduce the First-Time Filmmakers Showcase and our new online initiatives where we invite all films that have scored highly the opportunity to have their place on our network via a festival-limited On-Demand platform. The Lift-Off Season Awards celebrate the best of these incredible and diverse films.

Therefore, to benefit our talented filmmakers, we attended the film markets in Cannes and AFM, with the look to build closer relationships with sales agencies and distributors. Our aim in 2016 was to bridge opportunities between the content we screen and the global market.

We want films that we screen to have the chance of global distribution in 2017 and beyond.

Creating a Pathway to Success

In 2016 we screened over five hundred films, promoting ten films from our online competitions into our live screenings, and taking one film all the way from the First Time Filmmakers Showcase, via London Lift-Off and ending with a best short documentary nomination with our Season Awards at Pinewood Studios.

In addition to this, we have created a distribution initiative and original content production arm; the evolution of our model continues to grow.

Lift-Off Season Awards 2016

The Lift-Off Season came to its penultimate-conclusion after the final 2016 Lift-Off Showcase, London Lift-Off, back in December – finally concluding in our heavily anticipated Season Awards held from our truly remarkable home at Pinewood Studios in January.

The season awards are held at the end of every Lift-Off Season. Hence it is the main awards ceremony where we congratulate, nominate and award the best the programmes in each Lift-Off of that year had to offer. Always fun, always busy, the Lift-Off Season Awards, although in it’s infancy, has already started to become a heavily anticipated event.

Our Hosts

Our hosts this year Brian Jordan Alvarez and Stephanie Koenig were surprised to pick up the honour of Best Web Series and then proceeded with the assistance from our Co-Founders Ben Pohlman and James Bradley to read out the nominees and award the winners with the coveted Lift-Off Trophy.

Brian Jordan Alvarez's first film, 'You Are What I Want' - was one of the very first films we screened at the very first London Lift-Off back in 2011 - it offered a genuine look into a culture rarely exposed yet multi-lived in cities across the world.

Brian and Stephanie's work has gone from strength to strength. You can check out Brian and Stephanie's work via Brian's youtube channel here.

Nominees and Winners

Best Feature Live Action Narrative

Last Summer (Brazil) by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli
Backroad (Japan) by Hiroya Taka
Autumn Fall (Norway) by Jan Vardøen
My Feral Heart (UK) by Jane Gull

Winner: My Feral Heart

Best Feature Documentary

The Fighter (South Africa) by Dara Kell & Christopher Nizza.
Ken Foster (Canada) by Josh Lanner
7 Days in Syria (USA) by Robert Rippberger
White Cliffs (Australia) by Georgina Savage

Winner: White Cliffs

Best Screenplay

Michael Flanks for 'Long Haul to Jordan'
Claire Frances Conway for 'Item Number 3'
Anthony J. Patrick for 'Idol'
CK Larkmouth for 'Taking Everything'
Vanessa Rodriguez 'Happiness Off-Shore'

Winner: CK Larkmouth – Taking Everything.

Best Director

Jane Gull for My Feral Heart
Hiroya Taka for Backroad
Jan Vardøen for Autumn Fall
Georgina Savage for White Cliffs
Ian Allardyce For Wonderful Flight

Winner: Jane Gull

Best Short Live Action Narrative

People of the Delta
Happy Dinsdag
The Last Laugh
The Wonderful Flight
Among Sweet Flowers

Winner: Among Sweet Flowers

Best Short Documentary

Finding Beauty in the Rubble
Bikini Words
The River Man
The Happy Warriors
I Take Photos

Winner: Bikini Words

Best Actor

Kika Markham for Break
Yuna Shigeishi for Backroad
Steven Brandon for My Feral Heart
Roos Netjes for Happy Dinsdag
Loa Falkman for Lost in Stångby

Winner: Steven Brandon

Best Music Score

Finding Beauty in the Rubble
Ken Foster
Lost in Stångby
The Trade

Winner: Lost in Stångby

Best Art Direction

Blue Desert
Shoot in Any Direction and You'll Hit a Bastard
Lost in Stångby
The Parcel
Holes in their Soles

Winner: Blue Desert

Best Post Production

Lost in Stångby
People of the Delta
The Parcel
The Trade
Holes in their Soles

Winner: The Parcel

Best Cinematography

People of the Delta
The Parcel
Lost in Stångby
White Cliffs
Holes in their Soles

Winner: People of the Delta

Best Acting Ensemble

Cast of Backroad
Cast of People of the Delta
Cast of Happy Dinsdag
Cast of The Last Laugh
Cast of The Wonderful Flight

Winner: The Last Laugh

Best Web Series

The Gay and Wonderous Life of Caleb Gallo