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Melbourne Lift-Off Film Festival

When:

Fri 30 Nov 2018, 7:00pm–11:00pm
Sat 1 Dec 2018, 7:00pm–11:00pm

Where: The Backlot Studios, 65 Haig street, Southbank, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • General Admission: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: claireexh

The Lift-Off Film Festival has long since been established in the wonderful city of Melbourne, and it's that time of year for us to be returning once more!

The international Lift-Off Film Festival will be returning this November and December to celebrate the very best that the independent film community has to offer in Australia and the rest of the world! The Lift-Off Global Network is committed to promoting global indie film, connecting filmmakers from all around the world, and nurturing the creative talent of their ever-growing community.

The Programme:

Feature film, 0.03 seconds (dir. Suzanne Raes) is the story of five swimmers and their coaches who are all working tirelessly to prepare for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. Success and failure in Rio could spell the end of their swimming careers, the most important thing is the battle against themselves to improve.

Hourglass (dir. Fraser Pemberton) is a short-film about a woman plagued by the memory of her mother’s suicide, who attempts to reconnect with her estranged father after meeting a cryptic stranger one evening who incites her to confront the past before time runs out.

Little Joe (dir. Ned Donohoe) is a documentary portrait where a misfit country kid recalls coming of age in Australia’s emergent rave scene. Joe’s transition from ‘party drugs’ to decades of addiction doesn’t temper fond and vivid memories of the infamous ‘Melbourne Underground’ of the early 1990s.

The tenth of Lift-Off’s annual eleven-city-wide global cycle of festivals, Melbourne Lift-Off will be held at The Backlot Studios. As Australia’s first purpose-built private cinema & events space, The Backlot Studios comes complete with the latest in digital technology, is set inside a converted warehouse complete with café/bar and function area.

Audiences will be treated to an incredibly broad range of films from equally diverse filmmakers, each presenting stories and perspectives unique to their own experiences. From carefully constructed features, perspective-shifting documentaries, and award-winning short films, there really is something for everyone.

As well as enjoying the films, the audience plays an integral role in Lift-Off festivals. Their responses to each film are collected via feedback cards, which are then sent to the filmmakers. These tangible and genuine audience reactions to their films are invaluable in developing the filmmakers’ creative process.

The live screenings culminate with a Local Filmmakers Showcase and Networking Party on Sunday 2nd December, where attendees and filmmakers can rub shoulders and maybe even find the perfect collaborators for their next project!