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How successful are your film festival submissions?

December 6, 2014

Successful film festival submissions. The importance of being an inquisitive artist. A self serving artist is creatively visionless. How could the artistically blind come up with anything intended for the enjoyment for those who know how to see and recognise bravery within creativity? Successful film festival submissions. Being inspired by a feature film is great, […]

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

March 13, 2014

“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.“ Since the 1st January Lift-Off has launched a […]

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Film Festival Submission Fees : Where Do They Go?

January 4, 2014

Film Festival Submission Fees. When you submit to us, this is what we do with your submission fee. 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 […]

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Lift-Off International Film Festival Announces Unique Link Up with Global Production Company Great Guns…

December 5, 2013

Lift-Off Filmmakers will have their work seen by one of the worlds most exciting and trail-blazing commercial production houses out there. GreatGuns has a carefully selected roster of director’s work from around the world on a variety of platforms, from web content to global campaigns. Their search for new talent has brought them to the […]

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Could you shoot Citizen Kane on an iPhone? Lift-Off examines the idea of genius.

April 14, 2015

The “greatest film of all time” gets the Lift-Off treatment… “All of us, I think, have a vague idea that we’re missing something. Some say that thing is God; that all the longing we feel – be it for a lover, or a football team, or a drug – is merely an inappropriate substitute for […]

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Indie Filmmaking 101. The Athletic Side of Filmmaking

March 30, 2015

Indie Filmmaking 101. The Athletic Side of Filmmaking… From conception to completion, only the fittest survive! “Start with a pencil and a paper. Never give up, finish your story no matter what. Read a lot and live an interesting life.” Akira Kurosawa – Japanese Film Director- whose work famously inspired the entire Star Wars franchise. […]

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Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2015 – Gallery

March 27, 2015

                        Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2015 – Gallery

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Film Festival Audiences – what to expect.

March 22, 2015

Film Festival audiences sophistication levels are at an all time high! It’s impossible to put a cap on to the sheer levels of knowledge possessed by today’s indie film festival audiences. Do we think you need to be prepared? Yes.. At each and every Lift-Off we give out score-cards, if you aren’t familiar, all of […]

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Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2015 : Winners and Awards.

March 17, 2015

Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2015 Winners. Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2015 Winners. This years Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival was a great success, filmmakers from all over the world and local to the city screened during the three day event showcasing the best of indie film to packed out audiences across four screenings. Like with all […]

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Filmmaker Press Exposure. Help to get your film work noticed.

March 16, 2015

You should be in the press… Filmmaker Press Exposure. What can you bring to the table besides your film? “When we look at submissions, we always get two or three excellent films fighting it out for, annoyingly, just one slot. How do we choose? We take a look at what that filmmaker is doing outside […]

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Feedback Options For Your Film or Script.

March 9, 2015

Your Film, Our Extensive Feedback… Importance of growth through listening to feedback, instead of hearing it. “I can state unequivocally that the late Stanley Kubrick, in his final film, ‘Eyes Wide Shut,’ has staged the most pompous orgy in the history of the movies that’s my feedback.” – David Denby in The New Yorker – […]

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Filmmaking Law & Legal Misconceptions.

March 2, 2015

The usage of trademarks and copyrighted material in Indie Filmmaking Law and all other elements which need to be taken into account. Filmmaking Law. The tables have turned. In the past a stern “I’ll take this to the press” threat really meant nothing to a big brand or production company once they and their scary […]

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Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2015. Programme.

February 22, 2015

Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2015: Thursday, March 12th. Fredricks Bar and Screen – Hope Street. 7pm Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2015 and Think Cinema collaborate to bring an evening of European shorts. Click here to book tickets Hooked by Jane Gannon Hooked was shot in one day at Leasowe shore, Wirral. Merseyside in May 2011. It […]

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FilmFreeway Review By Lift-Off Film Festivals. Why FilmFreeway?

January 23, 2015

FilmFreeway Review. Give your film festival submissions the best possible chance. This is a review of FilmFreeway for all of those unfamiliar with the superior submission platform. Since it’s inception FilmFreeway has revolutionised the submissions market for film festivals and filmmakers alike. We at Lift-Off have been using FilmFreeway since June 2014 and thus we felt […]

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Nine mistakes filmmakers make on the festival circuit. Film Festival Submissions.

January 23, 2015

Analysis into the film festival submission patterns of 2014. This sort of post could always be misconstrued as a bunch of film festival directors blowing smoke up their own bottoms trying to tell everyone how to run their film festival submissions, trust us we know that those exist. “I would travel down to Hell and […]

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Filmmaking Motivation. Understanding what holds us back.

January 16, 2015

Submerse yourself deep within basic knowledge about your filmmaking, and equally as important, yourself. Taking this path is the first step in finding pure and honest filmmaking motivation. Like all artists, some of the work-retention, luck, and frequency can boil down to decent habits developed early in a career built from a solid spark within simple […]

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A Filmmaking Style. How to create a creative identity.

December 19, 2014

An introduction into building yourself a creative brand or filmmaking style and the 5 steps in making it happen. “The work will get you work, it’s as simple as that. The more work you are creating with a clear filmmaking style and a particular ‘brand’, so to speak, the better a representative may sell you […]

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Understanding Opportunity – In Conversation with Lift-Off Award Winning Filmmaker Jade Courtney Edwards

December 12, 2014

Climbing the ladder – staying there and keeping motivated to carry on climbing. Opportunity opens its doors at the very second one realises that they are responsible in creating their own luck, through hard work, but, more importantly through smart work! During testing times we find greater results, by opening ourselves artistically, digging deeper, working harder – […]

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London Lift-Off Film Festival 2014 – Winners Review.

December 8, 2014

This years trophies were made from jaded coloured crystal glass displaying our international logo, award and a free copy of Little White Lies (indie film review magazine), courtesy of @LWLies. London Lift-Off Film Festival 2014 was the best yet, scheduled over an entire week, and playing to packed out audiences between The Exhibit Cinema, and […]

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