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Winners & Special Mentions: Paris Lift-Off Film Festival 2020

A massive thank you to everyone who participated in the Paris Lift-Off Film Festival 2020. It's been absolutely 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 special well done to the following films...


Festival Winners

Best Short Film

(next screening with Lift-Off in Paris 2021)

Running Free

Dir. Owen Cant
Synopsis: Running Free’ is the story of a group of displaced refugees finding solace in a sleepy, mountain town in the south of France. This short documentary film, from Owen Cant and Cosmic Joke, looks at the stories behind the statistics and the headlines and explores the beating heart at the centre of the European immigration crisis

Best Short Film

(next screening with Lift-Off in Paris 2021)


Dir. Julio Iborra
Synopsis: The last day of Idir, a young Marseillais.

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.

- Thelomis Danube - "Crépuscule en mineur"

Dir. Anthelme Dubois
Synopsis: In German-occupied Paris during WWII, two musicians develop feelings for each other while trying to make their mark in the underground jazz world.

Nominated for Best Music Video

Born Just Now

Dir. Robert Adanto
Synopsis: A sensitive, steadfast Belgrade-based visionary struggles to cope with the abuse and violence that ended an eight-year marriage. Through provocative acts of endurance exploring intimacy, motherhood and the trauma of the Balkan wars, artist Marta Jovanović seeks to confront, release and liberate her own pain in the name of art. Robert Adanto's BORN JUST NOW is an intimate look at a charismatic woman, a brilliant outlier, who dares to live on her own terms.

Nominated for Best Feature Documentary

Audience Chioce

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.  This event is LIVE and due to take place on Thursday 8th October.

"It's Lawr-uh Not Laura"

Dir. Angela Pedraza
Synopsis: rom queen wanna be Laura is forced to take a trip to Colombia that might put her friendships at risk, but after developing the forgotten film in her grandfather's camera, Laura's unwanted trip turns into a self discovery adventure.

By the Grace of...

Dir. Dylan Reid
Synopsis: An autobiographical film about the director testing positive for Huntington’s disease.

Haiti Speaks

Dir. Ashley Ellis
Synopsis: Haiti Speaks follows a team of doctors from The Gift of Sight, an American non-profit that takes an annual medical mission trip to Haiti, to document their work operating on hundreds of patients in the span of a week. This trip, however, is different. It comes just 100 days after “The Event”, the 7.0 earthquake that wiped out so much of the nation and its people in 2010. Now everyone has a story to tell. The Event has touched everyone and left them to consider what the future of Haiti may be.


Dirs. Julian Filigno
Synopsis: A sensational crime story is at the center of three disconnected narratives: a self-destructive driver, a violent family of three, and the relationship between a quiet warehouse worker and her boss