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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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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.“ Lift-Off has developed a secured area for paying […]

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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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Film of the fortnight review. ÓL (Sty) – Directed by Árpád Hermán.

January 21, 2016

Black Comedy | Hungary Why Lift-Off programmed this film: Our initial response to Sty was that we felt it had the best story set-up we had ever seen. Strong character development without a single line of dialogue. One of our judges simply said “this is the best short film I’ve ever seen“. Our global audiences […]

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How to network properly. Meeting people and building opportunity.

September 18, 2015

When learning how to network, the first piece of advice I could give is a bit of an airy fairy one, but it is honestly so true, it is to open up your soul, so those smiles and laughs come naturally…. “…we can’t forget the fun we’ve had Laughing ’til our faces turn blue. Talking […]

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Filmmakers Guide: Music within film.

September 7, 2015

The pursuit of giving your work dramatic drive, a little irony, and ultimate completion… “I have always thought that, of all the arts, the cinema is the most complete… ” – Alejandro Jodorowsky Mike Figgis’s is a unique filmmaker. A tri-artist with a vast knowledge. He’s a photographer, a composer of music and a recognised […]

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Smartphone Film Festival Accepting Smart Phone Filmmaking

September 3, 2015

Smartphone Film Festival accepting Smart Phone Filmmaking. One of these days, a film shot on an iPhone will probably win an Academy Award. — and why the hell not? By not having a smartphone category in our festival, not seeking out to award those who create films on one of the planets most accessible moving […]

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Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival 2015.

August 15, 2015

For a full synopses breakdown of the films screened at Los Angeles Lift-Off 2015 click here. Photos from our awards and winners night are embedded via our Facebook page below… Winners Night : Screenings and Awards Show Posted by Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festival on Tuesday, 1 September 2015 — Los Angeles Lift-Off 2015 – Winners. Best […]

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Los Angeles Film Festival 2015 – Synopsis

August 15, 2015

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Monday Screenings A complicated way to live HartHunter Production’s award winning short opens Los Angeles Lift-Off 2015, in the only way our festival and HartHunter Production’s know how, by giving our audience a nice big slap of reality. Hard hitting and sometimes challenging to watch. A complicated way to live, gives us […]

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August 15, 2015

Parking on the street outside the studios is free. But if you want to get closer to the theater where the screenings are taking place information on the charged ares are given by the studios on the map below… Return to the programme click here…

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Perfect short film story structure…

August 14, 2015

Story structure for the short film narrative “These creatures are among us, although morphologically they do not differ from us; we must not posit a difference of essence, but a difference of behaviour.” – Phillip K. Dick Short film story structure is a difficult point in terms of education. Notably, three acts within 10/15 pages […]

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Little Micro-Film 小微电影 – How China is doing it her own way.

August 12, 2015

Little Micro-Film – 小微电影 The West will more than likely, in a short and fleeting one hundred years time, be referred to as everywhere which isn’t China. Chinese growth over the last ten years has been something the Japanese must be watching with a retrograde stare. Giant cities, larger than Washington DC – places many […]

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进入竞争。香港 – Lift-Off 电影节.

July 29, 2015

电影节 获奖影片将放映在利物浦,东京,拉斯维加斯,温哥华,洛杉矶,阿姆斯特丹,新加坡,悉尼和伦敦。 \ 电影节

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Lift-Off Season Awards 2015 * Half-Season * Nominations.

July 9, 2015

Lift-Off Season Awards 2015 Awarding the teams and personalities behind some of the best indie work Lift-Off has showcased in 2015. Voted for by our judges, head programmers, and global audiences. On the evening of the 18th December, the Lift-Off Global Network of Film Festivals will be holding our eagerly anticipated Season Award Show at […]

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Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival 2015 – launching from the most unique showcase venue.

July 7, 2015

To the canals of Amsterdam I have pledged my whole heart Amsterdam fills my thoughts As our country’s most beautiful city All those Amsterdam people All lights late in the evening on the square Nobody can wish for anything better Than to be an Amsterdammer (there)… From the Dutch song ‘Ode to the Canals of […]

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Work in the Film Industry – Realism Versus Ego.

May 22, 2015

Indie Filmmaker? Want a career in film? Then why aren’t you already working in the film industry… “It doesn’t make any sense that a wannabe radio disc jockey sits at home doing regular podcasts to 150 followers a week, while working a job as a spreadsheet-janitor for some business somewhere. Consider that there are actually […]

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Become More Creative: 4 Simple Steps to Fuel A Creative Mind.

April 30, 2015

Four very easy gear shifts which will help all of us to open our minds towards better and brighter ideas… “Your head’s like mine, like all our heads; big enough to contain every god and devil there ever was. Big enough to hold the weight of oceans and the turning stars. Whole universes fit in […]

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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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