The Loudoun Independent Film & Technology Festival 
LIFT 2016 is an Inaugural 2-Day 2-Night Film & Entertainment Festival Spring, 2016...over time to expand in content, venues and benefits. Produced via West By DC (WestXDC), a new digitech community, meetup and event management organization in Northern Virginia.

  • A series of unique, interesting films shown on the big screen – plus a Blockbuster preview!
  • Expert film & technology panel discussions, with noted local experts
  • Opening VIP Fundraising party, and closing event
  • Local business specials, offers and sponsorships
  • Really kickin' exposure to the fantastic West by DC arts & tech community!



  • To benefit area educational nonprofit initiatives, with a “STEAM” focus – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math – providing a LIFT to the area’s economy and workforce development.
  • To drive business and entertainment exposure of this area of Loudoun, to the rest of the DC/Northern Virginia region (a Loudoun and Regional Economic Development initiative)
  • To directly benefit sponsors, through unique marketing and publicity
  • To connect the local arts and technology communities, and have a lot of fun!
  • OneLoudoun – Ashburn, VA; easy ride from Dulles Airport, Wiehle Metro, Loudoun & Western Fairfax
  • Films – at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema & possible additional locations
  • Local Businesses – events and specials
  • Friday (Opening VIP Party); Sat. (Films & Panel); Sat. Evening (Closing Party); Sunday (Film & Panel)
  • Sponsors get unique digital marketing benefits, for local web media presence
  • Onsite audience and website/social media visitors will see sponsor messaging
  • Standard and custom sponsorship packages and in-kind donations to meet your needs and budget
  • Current Planning Sponsors include: WestXDC/KME.Digital, UVaClub of Loudoun, TriVision Studios, OneLoudoun, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Contact Ted McLaughlan at [email protected]

Our Team

What’s New?

  • Planning Underway

    Our planning for the ultimate festival event is extended until Spring 2016, though related events will continue to occur with collaboration through the WestXDC Meetup Group. Please let us know if you'd...

  • Planning and Sponsorships Underway

    While most everyone's on the beach this August, our team is busy developing relationships for sponsorship opportunities, and filling in the program schedule for the festival (including the film selections!). Please contact...

  • News About the Festival

    ..coming soon!...