New York Lift-Off Film Festival 2019 Winners

Many thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s New York Lift-Off Film Festival. It was great to see so many filmmakers and film enthusiasts filling the screenings in support of both local and international indie films. The judges' votes have been counted and added to the audience's feedback. Huge congratulations to the filmmakers who screened with us, who all did themselves proud. All New York Lift-Off Film Festival winners will receive complimentary screenings at future Lift-Off Film Festivals. A special well done to the following films.

Photos from the event can be seen on the New York Lift-Off Facebook Page.

Festival Winners

Best Short Film

(next screening with Lift-Off in Los Angeles)

The Plunge

Dir. Simon Ryninks
Synopsis: Falling in love can be a pain in the arse.

Best Local Film

(next screening with Lift-Off in Toronto)

Dominant Species

Dir. Joseph Sackett
Synopsis: A queer sci-fi about 10 aliens in human host bodies learning how to be men.

Special Mentions

Special Mention

(next screening with Lift-Off in Toronto)

Tony & the Bull

Dir. John McFarlane
Synopsis: Tony and The Bull is a window into the very private life of Tony, a former butcher, and his sole companion Scrunch, a fully-grown tea-bag stealing and cigarette munching, house trained highland bull, who share a home together. Its an amazingly weird and wonderful true story of heartbreak and redemption the back story (a man very down on his luck rescuing a one day old Highland Bull calf still in its birth sack in the snow and bringing the bull up in a dilapidated cottage where they both live).

Selected Screenplays

Online Winners

Yet to be announced...

Season Award Nominations

The Lift-Off Season Awards is an annual event which celebrates the very best of indie film. Following each Lift-Off film festival, films which 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.

The Plunge

Dir. Simon Ryninks
Synopsis: Falling in love can be a pain in the arse.

Nominated for Direction

Fall of the Matador

Dir. Griffin Davis
Synopsis: A young matador struggles with his craft as bullfighting threatens not only his life but his emotional and spiritual existence.

Nominated for Best Animation