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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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A Long time ago in a galaxy far far away… Story writing, creating a good hook.

August 15, 20140 Comments

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away… Story writing, creating a good hook. If you were going to re-write “once upon a time”, you couldn’t have done a better job than the title of this guide, this is certainly the best storytelling hook I can remember from my many, many years as […]

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Advanced Tutorial: Directing actors using actions…

August 8, 20140 Comments

We have all been there. You are on set, your actors are in place, they are saying the lines, but something just isn’t working. You try to say something helpful to guide them into your vision… you can see it in your head for god-sake! Why are they unable to understand what you mean? You […]

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7 Tips On How To Direct An Actor For Film…

August 7, 20140 Comments

Directing Actors. Preparing them to enter your world. As a film festival we receive lots of films everyday from projects where it is clear that the directing of the actor(s) has failed. This new post describes the many tricks we’ve learnt as filmmakers, and actors in previous lives, which we will now share to help […]

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4 Editing Tips Filmmakers Must Always Remember!

August 1, 20140 Comments

………Do not underestimate the powers of a strong cutter! The Importance of Cinematic Editing and Getting It Right. “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupe An excellent editor is as much of an artist than any other creative […]

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Las Vegas Lift-Off 2014 Winners and Review…

July 18, 20140 Comments

Review…Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival 2014 2014 has been a great year for the Lift-Off Season. We are only half-way through and we have already had the UK and European premier of an Oscar winner, several informative and colourful Q&A sessions, and a really great festival vibe at both Liverpool and our latest 2014 event […]

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The art of telling a story…

July 18, 20140 Comments

The need to tell a story… And the best way to go about it. Lift-Off International Film Festival takes a film festival perspective, and investigates the stories told for the sake of it, against those dying to be created. It’s a day before a Lift-Off Film Festival deadline and the submissions are coming in thick […]

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How to get film funding: A step by step guide on how to get your project, the money it needs.

July 11, 20140 Comments

Film Funding. Point 1.. Figure out what’s important. Ask yourself the honest question, do I really need that camera, lens kit or lighting rig? If you’re an indie filmmaker thinking big, great, but don’t allow the technical snobbery of a Director of Photography force you into thinking that you can’t afford to make films…you can. […]

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Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival 2014 – Preview & Programme

June 17, 20140 Comments

Look Beyond The Gloss. Put Talent Before Technology. These are the listings for this years Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival in more detail… 25th June – 7pm -10pm Short script reading, National Pastime By David Lieto, NV USA – A lonely boy fantasizes about being the team hero. Blind Faith By Gino Evans, UK – […]

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Las Vegas Lift-Off 2014 – PreRegister For Free Wristbands

June 5, 20140 Comments

The mission to spread Lift-Off’s message to new and eager audiences continues… We are proud and excited to announce that the Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival will be held at the Brenden Theatre located at The Palms Hotel and Casino Resort from June 25th – 26th., 7pm-10pm Palms Casino Resort. Casino level 4321 W. Flamingo […]

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Sundance Submissions – is there an alternative?

May 12, 20140 Comments

Co-Founder of the Lift-Off International Film Festival’s, James Alexander, gives an honest insight into the alternative choices outside of Sundance submissions, for filmmakers who wish to have their work screened in-front of world wide audiences. Sundance Submissions It is without questionable doubt that the Sundance submissions model has become an industry of it’s own, and […]

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Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival 2014 Venue Announced.

April 24, 20140 Comments

The mission to spread Lift-Off’s message to new and eager audiences continues… We are proud and excited to announce that the Las Vegas Lift-Off Film Festival will be held at the Brenden Theatre located at The Palms Hotel and Casino Resort from June 25th – 26th. Palms Casino Resort. Casino level 4321 W. Flamingo Rd. […]

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Lift-Off @ TROYFEST 2014!!

April 22, 20140 Comments

Showcasing the Winners and Best of Screenings at An Arts and Music Film Festival with the Same Heart and Soul As Lift-Off…. TROYFEST!! As part of the continuing mission to get our winners films circulated within as many circles as possible, Lift-Off is proud to announce that we will be showcasing a group of previous […]

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Twitter Promotion : Annual Fee Waivers Week!

April 21, 20140 Comments

Special Film Festival Fee Waiver Days Announced, via Twitter!! Every indie filmmaker should be on Twitter, and you should be following the four Lift-Off Festivals. Once a year we will hold a four day fee wavier initiative, where the password for the fee waiver will ONLY be announced via the Twittersphere. Each day of 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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