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Lift-Off Film Festival​ returns to Tokyo​ on April 18

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The Lift-Off Film Festival​ returns to Tokyo​ next week​ to celebrate the best that the independent film​ community in Japan and the rest of the world has to offer.

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 our ever-growing community.

It will be held April 19-20 at UPLINK: Factory in Shibuya, Tokyo.

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 festival culminates with a Local Filmmakers Showcase​ and Networking Party​ on Sunday April 22, where attendees and filmmakers can rub shoulders and maybe even find the perfect collaborators for their next project.

The program: This year, Lift-Off will screen "#TakeMeAnywhere," the debut feature film from Shia LaBoeuf, known for acting in films like the "Transformers" franchise. LaBoeuf has turned his hand to independent film with this transformative piece of filmmaking. Experience his journey on Thursday April 19 at 5:45 p.m. at the Featurette + Q&A screening.

The Shorts Program 1 on April 19 at 7:15 p.m. includes the short documentary "The Human Face,"which follows the life and work of the incredible Kazuhiro Tsuji. Tsuji was part of the Oscar-winning make-up & hair team behind the amazing Churchill prosthetic in "The Darkest Hour."

For the full program and details of all the films screening, please visit the Tokyo Lift-Off website here.

Buy tickets here.

At each Lift-Off Festival, a vital team of film-buff volunteers and reviewers play an integral role in the running of the festival. After each film is screened, the reviewers fill out feedback forms, which are then sent back to the filmmakers. This process allows direct contact between filmmakers and their audience, allowing them to really hone their talent.

To apply to be a reviewer, fill out this form: http://www.lift-off-festivals.com/film-festival-reviewer-application/

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What ever happened to the Tokyo Fantastic Film Festival...it was one of the worlds greatest sci fi festival ... I rememeber the Shibuya Pathenon theatre ... it was back in the 1990 s oh well ..

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