Lift-Off International is an exciting new film festival whose objective is to "look beyond the gloss" in order to promote raw talent and artistic flair in filmmakers from Liverpool and around the world.
Founded in 2011, by up and coming independent filmmakers Ben Pohlman and James Alexander, Lift-Off is a place where small budgets and big dreams combine to give a powerful boost to budding film careers. After two successful first years in London, Lift-Off is expanding and coming up North, with the aim of providing Liverpool with an annual, truly independent film festival to showcase local and international talent alike. Known worldwide for its influential music and arts scene, which helped the city win European Capital of Culture 2008, Liverpool is the obvious choice to host the Northern branch of Lift-Off International.
Festival-goers will be spoiled with an eclectic lineup whittled down from over 600 submissions in a range of narrative genre, documentary and live script readings that are innovative and inspiring, deep and daring, dark and light-hearted: anything with a strong story that will move an audience. Each winning film receives automatic Official Selections at London, Las-Vegas and Los Angeles Lift-Off Film Festivals, distributing their work across 4 transatlantic cities, whilst every submission earns an official IMDB page and individual feedback from professional judges. As Scousers are renowned for enthralling crowds with enthusiastic storytelling, you can expect an entertaining and challenging programme that's relevant to local audiences and international film-buffs in equal measure
Over the course of the week, five screenings will be split between three unique venues, the first being the award winning media arts centre, FACT. Both screenings on the opening night will take place in FACTs most intimate cinema, The Box, which seats 50 on comfy sofas. Tuesday's screening will be hosted by Metal, an arts organisation situated within the formerly disused engine rooms of Edge Hill Train Station, the oldest passenger station in the world. This bizarre but inviting venue plays host to fortnightly cinema club, Film Station. Completing the trio of one-of-a-kind cinema spaces is the Kazimier, undoubtedly Liverpool's quirkiest collective for celebrating originality and creative vision; famed also for their off the wall productions, most recently the Kronos Begins NYE fiesta. Finally, cinematic celebrations conclude with a free after party in the basement of House, Bold Street's newest urban-chic cafe-bar and home of film club, Think Cinema. The evening will consist of rewarding Liverpools victors following screenings of London Lift-Off 2012's winning films, providing a chance to chew the fat with the talent behind the movies whilst devouring the finest tunes and tipples.
Monday 25th February @ FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ
Screening 1: 18:00- 20:30Screening 2: 21:00- 23:30
Tuesday 26th February @ Metal, Edge Hill Train Station, Tunnel Road, L7 6ND
Screening 3: 19:00- 21:30
Wednesday 27th February @ The Kazimier, Wolstenholme Square. Liverpool, L1 4JJ
Screening 4: 18:00- 20:30Screening 5: 21:00- 23:30
Thursday 28th February @ House, 25 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HR
Awards ceremony and after-party: 19:00- 00:00
Check out the trailer for the festival here: