Since its humble beginnings in 2011 the Lift-Off Film Festival Network has spread around the world, bringing new independent cinema to global audiences. Lift-Off’s motto is in its name. We focus on supporting emerging talent in independent cinema, providing platforms for new voices, a network for them to grow and the fuel to launch their careers.
The Lift-Off Network is a new kind of film festival, moving away from the traditional large yearly event, and replacing it with a network of global events that provide a platform for a global exchange of independent cinema. Lift-Off stages events in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Singapore, Sydney, Amsterdam and London. This is their first visit to Canada.
Finding Beauty in the Rubble
Japan Short Documentary
Winner Tokyo Lift-Off Best Documentary - Japanese woman creates a beautiful product line from the most unsuspecting debris.
After the death of her mother from cancer, Naomi struggles to move on. She discovers an object drifted on a beach that transports her into an alternate world, where a war is being fought between women and a scattered union of men resisting extinction. A surprise also awaits for her one that ultimately changes her life.
USA Short Narrative
When Blair, a young father who takes underground fights to support his family, learns of a brain condition that gives him supernatural visions, he questions his upcoming match against a Muay Thai champion.
Canada *Vancouver Local Short Narrative
30 years in the future, nanotechnology exists that allows you to alter your beliefs for a predetermined period of time.
Drained from a long day, a long career, Detective Becket finds the prospect of dealing with a frozen homeless corpse more appealing than that of his weekly dress-down by his ex-wife. Shirking a promise to his young daughter, Becket seeks escape in the routine of the crime scene but is forced instead to listen to the grating chatter of the young, brash Officer Gerard. As the younger man chips away at his patience, Becket learns that there are certainly worse places to be than in the company of his loving daughter, and that the choice to avoid responsibility can have sour consequences.
A man fights to hold on to his identity as his mind is ravaged by disease. From the tumble of recalled images forming his reality, a love story emerges.
The Outside In
UK Short Narrative
Winner Las Vegas Lift-Off - Norah is on the verge of womanhood and it’s not only her body that’s changing, but her perception to the world that she lives in, and the man that rules that world.