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How successful are your film festival submissions?

December 6, 2014

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? Being inspired by a feature film is great, being inspired by a directors working approach is […]

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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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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 Ja Jetee by Chris Marker Guernica by Alain Resnais and Robert Hessens Another Green World by Christina Hardinge Hooked […]

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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 Serious Filmmakers Guide. How to forge a creative identity.

December 19, 2014

An introduction into building yourself a creative brand 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 style and a particular ‘brand’, so to speak, the better a representative may sell you as a filmmaker to […]

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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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London Lift-Off 2014 – Winners Night Preview.

December 4, 2014

Saturday 6th December. Winners Screenings, Awards and Networking Night The Soho Hotel 7pm – 11pm Saturday 6th December. 4 Richmond Mews, London W1D 3DH Script reading by professional actors of the winning screenplay… WiFighters by Rahdy Elwan. Read by Lucy Wray, Anthony Greyley, Alexa Hartley, Jocasta King, Victoria J. Jones, & Nick Williams. Lift-Off Season […]

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Short film distribution: What are the options?

November 24, 2014

Film distribution possibilities for the enlightened and artistic soul.    Video on demand, VOD, has increased the opportunity for your work to be circulated to a world wide audience carrying with it potential opportunity to earn some money from your own creative output. Like many other commission sharing mediums your work on this sort of […]

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Programme: Official Selections London Lift-Off 2014

November 22, 2014

Your programme is here… Look beyond the gloss. Put talent before technology. It is with great pleasure that we announce the programme for London Lift-Off 2014. Firstly we want to thank everyone who submitted making it all possible for our festival to continue to support the growth of indie film at the grassroots level. Our […]

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

November 11, 2014

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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Making a feature film… Are you ready?

November 10, 2014

Are You Ready to Make A Feature? How to know when you are, and where to aim if you’re not… Are you ready to direct a feature film? Making a feature film The journey of any painters craft must always start with sketching. Trying out new ideas, developing a technique. I don’t think there has […]

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Creating Sound: Audio & Music for Film.

November 5, 20140 Comments

Creating Atmosphere, Depth, Purpose and Focus for Your Audience and Actors. What is the clapper board for? If you’re a filmmaker and you don’t know this – don’t worry – but understand that you absolutely should know. The clapper board syncs the picture to your external sound. The scene 1 take 2 chalk markings visually […]

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