NEW YORK LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL returns to cut through the trials of a global pandemic by serving up a smorgasbord of independent film, delivered and available to enjoy from the safety and comfort of your own home.
In traditional Lift-Off fashion, we bring true independent film from emerging artists around the globe, connecting the American and international markets. Our aim to maximise artist's connection with audience, and provide an experimental platform for indie creatives to help nurture voices and launch careers.
A mixture of new voices, headliner feature narratives and trendsetting, genre bending shorts; for the first time in Lift-Off's history, we bring you a programme of online-only content with our partners Vimeo OnDemand.
NEW YORK LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL 2020, STARTS WEDNESDAY 1st JULY.

Friday 3rd July - Friday 31st July 

FINALISTS

See the Finalists| 5th - 19th August

Featuring the shorts that scored highly during the first round, the Network round is the final round judged exclusively by the Lift-Off Network: members, jury and internal judges.

See the Finalists| 5th - 19th

Showcasing the features that scored highly during the first round, the Network round is the final round judged exclusively by the Lift-Off Network: members, jury and internal judges.

SHORT FILM

SOCIAL ROUND ENDED | 3rd - 31st July

Featuring content from new and emerging voices, TRENDSETTERS is a smorgasbord of different genre, style and unique flair. Experimental, art-house, and animations.

SOCIAL ROUND ENDED | 3rd - 31st July

Featuring shorts highlighted by the jury as daring and sometimes experimental, PATHFINDERS is proud to bring you content from outstanding filmmakers who are set to make waves in the industry.

SOCIAL ROUND ENDED | 3rd - 31st July

This programme showcases films that are a bit more experimental in nature. Conceptual storytelling mixed with experiments in genre, style and narrative, TRAILBLAZERS  provides filmmakers with their first platform to connect with audiences and the wider industry.

SOCIAL ROUND ENDED | 3rd - 31st July

NEWCOMERS showcases films from brand new voices. Featuring first-time filmmakers and first-time festival selectees, NEWCOMERS provides filmmakers with their first platform to connect with audiences and the wider industry.

SOCIAL ROUND ENDED | 3rd - 31st July

NEWCOMERS showcases films from brand new voices. Featuring first-time filmmakers and first-time festival selectees, NEWCOMERS provides filmmakers with their first platform to connect with audiences and the wider industry.

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.

FEATURE FILM

SOCIAL ROUND ENDED | 3rd - 31st July

TRENDSETTERS showcases content from new and emerging voices. Featuring first-time festival selectees, TRENDSETTERS is a smorgasbord of different genre, style and unique flair.

SOCIAL ROUND ENDED | 3rd - 31st July

NEWCOMERS showcases films from brand new voices. Featuring first-time filmmakers and first-time festival selectees, NEWCOMERS provides filmmakers with their first platform to connect with audiences and the wider industry.

EVENTS

SUBSCRIBE | 3rd - 31st July

Filmmaker roundtables, Q&As, and programme highlights brought to you throughout the festival live from Lift-Off's YouTube channel. Click the link to subscribe and receive notifications.

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