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Lift-Off Launches New Exclusive Content : FOR SUBMITTERS ONLY.

March 13, 20140 Comments

“Value is what will define my decision as a filmmaker to submit my film to a festival. I would weigh up the chances of being screened with the value I will get from the submission fee alone. If it isn’t a fair investment, then I won’t submit.“ From the 1st January Lift-Off has launched a […]

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Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2014 Winners and Review…

March 21, 20140 Comments

Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2014 7th, 8th, 9th March. An absolutely humbling weekend of programming saw the 2nd Annual Liverpool Lift-Off bring independent film from all over the world to fresh audiences and unique spaces. Starting with a guest lecture at Liverpool Hope University by the founders, moving onto an informative Saturday Morning Workshop, Script-readings […]

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Interview with Lift-Off Winning Filmmaker : Calum Macdiarmid

March 13, 20140 Comments

The Indie Filmmakers Journey. British filmmaker Calum Macdiarmid’s Worship was one of the first films showcased at the first ever Lift-Off Film Festival, the film won best narrative, and since then it has been screened at Liverpool Lift-Off, Los Angeles Lift-Off and it will feature at this years Las Vegas Lift-Off in June. Calum’s other […]

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Creating Antagonists : Characterisation.

February 26, 20140 Comments

What makes a formidable enemy, formidable? An overview that might help you in Creating Antagonists. A Film Festival Perspective attempts to solve, through insight into the world of comic book characters and the works of 1980′s science fiction, some of the constant let-downs within new work; notably the creation of lame antagonists. We see it a lot. […]

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The form and substance of film.

January 26, 20140 Comments

Film is an exciting and modern art form that has the power to reach and move a lot of people. This you already know. The moving image is perhaps the natural evolution from man’s primal desire to tell stories around campfires. But what makes a good story translate into a successful film? This gigantic question […]

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Film Submissions. How to successfully submit and screen at a film festival.

January 13, 20140 Comments

Film Submissions. How to successfully submit and screen at a film festival. To successfully submit and screen at a film festival for ‘first-time’ filmmakers and ‘first-time’ submitters it seems to be, on face value, an obvious numbers game. Film submissions should be the same as most of these target hitting application based endeavours, right? “If […]

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Film Festival Submission Fees : Where Do They Go?

January 4, 20140 Comments

Film Festival Submission Fees : Where do they go? We thought that it would be a good thing to give some transparency regarding the necessary evil that are film festival submission fees. We at the Lift-Off International Film Festivals think it is right to actually tell you where your money goes, and to give anyone who […]

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London Lift-Off Film Festival 2013 Winners & Review…

December 30, 20130 Comments

London Lift-Off Film Festival Review 2013… Thirty five films were screened at the beautiful Soho Hotel to a warm and generous audience through four 2 hour screenings, and informative question and answer sessions. Many of the filmmakers in attendance networked with other film professionals and votes were cast on the final decision for the winners […]

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Using Social Media to Promote Your Film.

December 21, 20131 Comment

using social media to promote your film Using Twitter to promote your film. The main activity on Twitter is better described as mini blogging, known commonly as a tweet. It is a way to share and read information about anything. Using social media to promote your film…Prior to the film festival. How Twitter works. Say […]

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Top five things you need to know about Art Direction in Indie Filmmaking

December 20, 20131 Comment

Top five things you need to know about Art Direction in Indie Filmmaking: How to fill a frame, how to fill a shot, setting up a scene and making sure you put talent before technology. A Film Festival Perspective looks at why the whole world of filmmaking has gone cinematography crazy. Lens flares in the […]

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Protected: Looking to start a career in film? Can film festival success help?

December 20, 20130 Comments

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Guerilla Filmmaking – Top 10 Tips.

December 20, 20130 Comments

Guerilla Filmmaking, an Art Form in Itself?  Guerilla Filmmaking in a nutshell is the process best described as shooting a film outdoors without permission, in places either within, or out, of the public domain. If you have ever been to an Independent Film Festival you would notice the high amount of similar themed external locations. […]

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Independent Film Budgets – How to budget a film production.

December 20, 20138 Comments

What can a film festival tell you about handling your independent film budgets? Everything. Independent film budgets always have to be taken seriously. Before we started Lift-Off we were filmmakers ourselves and will always consider ourselves to be filmmakers. Having learnt the hard way and now from watching the hundreds of submissions sent into us […]

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project : cinema. Lift-Off Launches New Distribution Outfit.

December 18, 20130 Comments

Film Distribution is Unfair. There is an order in this world that has been virtually impenetrable. That is the rise of business, like a cancer through the arts. It exists in music, it exists in theatre, it exists in film. You have to prove your work will be a commercial success before a single penny […]

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Is Google trying to Become Weyland?

November 30, 20130 Comments

Is this the start of global change? The digital age is happening right before our very eyes. Decades ago imagination was held within domains that could only fathom ideas into fiction, a few slipped into reality: super sonic passenger jets, the moon landing etc.. But nothing of sustained expansion… I remember as a child being […]

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