Pottery is as much a philosophy as it is an art form. In Mashiko and Kasama, two regions of Japan which is the home to some of the best potters in the world, this is especially the case. Those that work in these areas spend decades perfecting their craft, refining their skills until they are […]

Try to picture it: Pinewood Studios on a brisk Friday night, the champagne is flowing, and filmmakers, actors, and guests of honour are dressed in their finest. Guessed what the event is yet? No? It’s the Lift-Off Film Festival Awards Show. It’s not quite the Oscars, but it’s the largest independent film festival in the […]

The international independent film festival, the Lift-Off Film Festival, is back in town this week to celebrate the winners of the network’s overall season. Taking place at Pinewood Studios on Friday night, the festival’s year-end awards show will present the biggest and best films prizes from around the world. Filmmakers, whose products were shown as […]

Independent cinema has found a home at several festivals over the years, Robert Redford’s Sundance Festival and Elliot Grove’s Raindance Festival being the most prestigious. These festivals, despite their renown, have failed to provide enough support to their entrants. These festivals, despite their renown, have sometimes been criticised for not giving enough support to their entrants […]

Look beyond the gloss, put talent before technology – that is the motto for the upcoming London Lift-Off Film Festival, which aims to expose audiences to the beauty of independent cinema. In the four years since its creation, The Lift-Off Film Festival has grown from a local event into a global exhibition of independent films […]

Boris Seewald is a film director who was raised in Central-West Germany, he first ventured into digital media through design and played music in various bands. He moved to Berlin in 2005 with a clear intention of pursuing a career in film, and began work on his own film projects and developing work experience. Owing […]

Mark Drake is a highly versatile actor whose extensive experience of playing a broad range of roles for film, television and theatre is impressive. Mark latest achievements include Game of Thrones, Love & Other Chairs (short), Night Bus (feature), Two Days In The Smoke (feature), The Water’s Edge and many more interesting productions. He always […]

Marijn Poels is a documentary and independent filmmaker, who stole my heart with his extraordinary film stories. He focuses on making reports and films worldwide for organisations, governments and educational films concentrated on human rights. Apart from being a filmmaker he is also a writer and photographer. Poels’ film style is characterised by real-life recordings, […]

  Ruud Lenssen is an independent documentary filmmaker. His films focus on socially relevant topics. In 2010 Lenssen graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam with a BA in Audiovisual Design. His graduation film ‘Kathem & Chris’, a short documentary about the friendship between former asylum seeker Kathem and the local villager Chris in the Limburg village […]

José Tadeu V. Bijos was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but he’s had an on-going on and off love affair with California for the past 3 years. He spends a lot of his time looking up facts about his favourite musicians (did you know that John Lennon and Paul McCartney only played […]