Lift-Off Film Festivals are at the heart of the Lift-Off Network and we take pride and joy in curating each programme. Spanning over the entire globe throughout the year, our Film Festivals aim to showcase a diverse and exciting range of independent talent with filmmakers at the centre. We pride ingenuity and creativity over budget or celebrity endorsement. We want to see the work of people who are getting out there and creating work that they find important- from feature documentaries to VR music videos and everything in between,  we will consider anything with heart.

This is your chance to screen your film in front of some of the best audiences in the world.


Each Showcase, hosted at the world-famous Pinewood Studios, is comprised of professional demonstrations, private screenings, and detailed feedback. Our aim with each showcases is to inspire you and open up new exciting opportunities within the industry.

Following each showcase, select films will be screened at our international Lift-Off Film Festivals.

Where should I submit?

We recommend that you take your time deciding which festival or showcase to submit to as they all offer different audiences and experiences.

Most importantly, you must prioritise the events which you can physically attend. By attending events you will be able to see your film on the big-screen and also meet with peers and industry professionals. Our Lift-Off Showcases comprise of a screening, workshops, and tours, so being there is essential.

Take a look at the submission costs; festivals taking place sooner rather than later will have higher submission fees, so plan ahead and submit early!

Fee waivers policy

Although we understand the struggle of financing submission costs, we cannot offer fee waivers for submissions via FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. We believe that charging some filmmakers but not others is unfair, and therefore cannot offer fee waivers under any circumstances. We highly recommend that you plan your submissions strategy before completing your project as you can then take advantage of cheaper early submission fees.

Unlimited free submissions with Lift-Off Network Membership

Become a Professional Member of the Lift-Off Network today and you will receive free submissions to all of Lift-Off's Film Festivals, Showcases, and other events. You will also gain access to the entire Lift-Off Network which opens opportunities for representation at film markets (Cannes, AFM, EFM etc...), career road-mapping, and exclusive industry job listings.

For more information, please click the link below.

How to Submit

FilmFreeway is our submission platform of choice as it's the easiest to navigate for both submitters and festival programmers.

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