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Winners & Special Mentions: London Lift-Off Film Festival 2022

A massive thank you to everyone who participated in the London Lift-Off Film Festival 2022. It's been fantastic having so many filmmakers involved and seeing the global support for true indie film...

The judges' votes have been counted and added to the audience's feedback. Huge congratulations to the filmmakers who screened with us!  A particular well done to the following films...


Season Award Nominations

The Lift-Off Season Awards is an annual event that celebrates the very best of indie film. Following each Lift-Off film festival, films that have excelled in their respective category are nominated and invited to attend the prestigious Lift-Off Season Awards, culminating at the end of the Lift-Off season. Click here for more information about the Lift-Off Season Awards.

Breaking the Walls

Dir. Pavel Buryak
Synopsis:" From 24th of February, a 30-years old traumatologist and rugby player, Taras, starts his days with surgeries, saving lives in front-line city of Dnipro, in the east of Ukraine."

Nominated for Best Short Documentary

Harold & Mary

Dir. Stephen Gallacher
Synopsis: As a disease takes hold, Harold and Mary are forced to re-assess the journey of their relationship; challenging their love, patience and perseverance after fifty years of marriage.

Nominated for Best Actor Dermot Crowley


Dir. Abbie Lucas
Synopsis: When moving into their new home, Tara and Drew are alarmed when they overhear their neighbours arguing. As the voices get louder and more violent, they must decide if it’s their responsibility to act.

Nominated for Best Screenplay

Audience Choice

The Audience Choice award is given to the filmmakers whose film received the most votes during the festival. The filmmakers will be invited to join us on the Lift-Off YouTube channel for a directors commentary roundtable. Join in the conversation as we delve deeper into each film.


Dir. Saalih Chaudhry
Synopsis: 15 year old Isaac Owino living with his drug addict Mother, struggles in his everyday life of poverty until he receives an anonymous package at his door.

The Median

Dir. Shannon Little
Synopsis: A flower seller in Los Angeles, her busy median, and the four different journeys that her handmade bouquets take.


Production Company: QuackPot Productions
Producers: Alice Fforde and Charlie Dryden
Writer: Alice Fforde
Director - Tallulah Vaughan
Director of Photography- Matt Patrick
Assistant Director - Kate Contadini
Synopsis: The pilot is set in a fictional Drama School, ‘MAMA’. Filmed in a mockumentary format, it depicts a ‘typical’ day at a conservatoire and introduces us to key members of staff and new Principal, Olive Bady.


Dir. Jimmy Hedger
Synopsis: SHAME is a riveting short film featuring someone who actually gives a fuck. Bucket and brush provocateur ‘dr.d’ AKA Subvertiser has been taking to the streets with his fine-tuned social conscience for more than two decades. Posters, billboard détournements and takeovers seethe with a witty righteousness, they don’t preach, they do invite viewers to clock the elephant in the room. SHAME features works by dr.d that pitch into: Authoritarianism; Surveillance culture; Misgovernment and Misinformation; Technocracy; Civic and Corporate corruption.