Successful Film Festival ‘Lift-Off’ moves from Liverpool to Manchester after six years.

Lift Off Film festival has been a success for six years and this year, the festival organisers have decided to make a move from Liverpool into Manchester.

Photo credit: Shafia Begum

Co-founders James Bradley and Ben Pohlman said that the decision to move the festival into Manchester was a “business decision,  a cultural decision and a film quality decision”.

“Liverpool was a really great place but it feels like Manchester is much more. Media City is here, there’s industry here, it’s really creative  and the majority of submissions come from here so it made sense to make the move here”.
Ben Pohlman

The film festival which is held in nine other locations around the world including New York and Paris is expected to have over 150 guests over the three nights here in Manchester.

The festival includes 30 Shorts, 10 Feature films and three short movie screenings. Festival volunteer Hannah Farrugia said she is volunteering at the festival because of the success of it; the opportunities it has previously provided for film makers, aspiring film makers and that it would be great experience for her as an aspiring actress.

The move into Manchester’s event and bar place Texture in Northern Quarter came after organisers realised the space was in the heart of Manchester whilst also supporting independent projects an creative individuals.

Volunteer Isaac Cunningham said: “I’m studying a festival management course at university so begin able to attend festivals like this, makes me want to be involved even more.”

Writer, director and filmmaker Adam Losurdo submitted his short called “Hope” this year and said: “The move to Manchester was definitely a good idea. It’s allowed the creative individuals from here, Manchester, to come forward and I think with the festival being here, it’s allowed so much more art to be noticed”.

Co-founder James Bradley said that the film festival hope to stay in Manchester for upcoming years but this would depend on the success of the festival in its first year at Manchester’s Texture bar.

Co-founder James Bradley said that the film festival hope to stay in Manchester for upcoming years but this would depend on the success of the festival in its first year at Manchester’s Texture bar.

The festival now moves on to London where more talent will be showcased along with the best being voted in to get the ultimate Lift Off trophy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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