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London Lift-Off Film Festival is here to fulfil all your indie film needs


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The Lift-Off Film Festival is back in London, promoting truly independent filmmaking, connecting filmmakers, and nurturing the latest and the greatest that the UK and the rest of the world has to offer.

UK based festival founders James Bradley and Ben Pohlman started the Lift-Off Network from small beginnings in 2011 with the first London Lift-Off Film Festival. Now in its seventh year, with ten host cities, they are delighted to be returning to their home city of London to connect with the filmmaking talent there once more.

Bradley said: "Getting into any Lift-Off Film Festival is a massive achievement. The world of independent film has grown so much over the years that many of the grassroots filmmakers and emerging professionals are left without much of a platform any more. We felt that many of these artists who were producing exceptional work were being hugely ignored – and deserved to be seen!

London Lift-Off arrives at Arthouse Crouch End on Dec 4th to promote the latest and the greatest independent filmmaking talent from the UK and beyond, as a part of their ten-city-wide global network of independent filmmakers.

Attendees can expect to be treated to screenings packed with challenging features, perspective-shifting documentaries, and award-winning short films. The audience plays an integral role; their responses are collected via feedback cards, which are given to the filmmakers as part of the screening process that aims to develop and nurture the filmmakers’ talent.

The festival culminates with a Local Filmmakers Showcase and Networking Party on Saturday 9th December.

Pohlman said: “Our film festivals are the perfect place to meet up-and-coming filmmakers at various stages of their careers, from new to award-winning talent, as well as other industry professionals. Through the Lift-Off Film Festivals, we aim to build a community of talented filmmakers and film enthusiasts. We're all people who love compelling storytelling and good cinema.

The line-up includes eclectic stories, sometimes heartwarming sometimes thought provoking, all with a common theme – there is a burning story at their heart that shines through with the brilliance of the filmmaker’s talent.

Feature Documentary The Man who Loves to Hurt Himself (dir. Anthony Short) is a fly-on-the-wall look into the life of musician Steve Austin. In his own words, he guides us through his world in a stream of consciousness which reveals an unexpected but extremely uplifting message about passion for art and love of life.

Our Trio of Featurettes includes The Peculiar Abilities of Mr Maher (dir. Paul Philipp), an intriguing German film set in East Germany, 1987. The special investigator Mahler is said to have paranormal abilities. The police assigns him to solve the case of the 6-year-old Henry Kiefer, who has been missing for weeks, before a dramatic discovery in the investigation leads to political tensions with the West.

The Local Filmmakers Showcase will screen the best of British indie film, including the UK/Iran co-production Turquoise (dir. Roozbeh Misaghi). In this film, the discovery of a mysterious black box which is rumoured to bring prosperity in a small remote village in Iran causes turmoil among the villagers.

The festival includes two Shorts Programmes, four Features, and a Trio of Featurettes, culminating with a Local Filmmakers Showcase and Networking Party on December 9th.

To see the full programme and watch trailers, visit the London Lift-Off website.

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