We bring authentic independent films from emerging global artists in the traditional Lift-Off fashion, fostering connections between the UK and international markets. Our goal is to amplify artists' engagement with audiences and establish an experimental platform that cultivates voices and jumpstarts careers in the indie creative space.
With a mixture of fresh talent and festival veterans covering all genres there really is something for everyone! Screening exclusively with our partners Vimeo OnDemand.


Monday 13th March - Monday 10th April  

Manchester Networking Speed Date Event

More Info On The HUB | Date TBC

Exclusively for Lift-Off Professional, Intermediate Members, and Officially Selected Filmmakers, as part of this year's Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival, we are inviting participants to join us for an event focused on collaboration and networking


Tickets Here | 13th March - 10th April

We are delighted to highlight the best local filmmaking scene in the UK with our LOCAL FILMMAKERS SHORTS programme, featuring works carefully chosen by our expert panel for their daring and innovative style. We are excited to showcase the exceptional talent of these filmmakers and bring you their captivating content.

Tickets Here | 13th March - 10th April

Get ready to be blown away by the extraordinary collection of TRENDSETTERS SHORTS! This remarkable anthology features a group of visionary filmmakers who are trailblazers in the industry, breaking barriers and setting new standards. You won't want to miss out on the electrifying talent on display in this one-of-a-kind cinematic experience.


Tickets Here | 13th March - 10th April

Prepare to indulge your senses with the FEATURES programme! This diverse collection of films offers a smorgasbord of genres, styles, and flavors, serving up a veritable feast for movie lovers. From mesmerizing experimental and art-house works to gripping tales from a range of genres, there's something to tantalize every taste bud. Don't miss out on this cinematic banquet that will leave you fully satisfied and craving for more.

CONNECTION BETWEEN AUDIENCE AND CREATIVE IS KEY, after all, a film is not realised until it is connected with its audience. This is the last and first vital step in a creative's journey.

As with all Lift-Off screenings, the audience plays a vital role; festival participants will be asked to vote for their favourite projects.


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