SHIFT Contest to Give $30K Towards Your Film

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Ask anyone who makes movies and they’ll tell you that most of their time is spent trying to figure out how to pay for it. It’s especially hard when you’re just starting out and need to raise money for your first couple of films. But SHIFT’s new short film contest is offering $30,000 to make your film career dreams come true.

Now as SHIFT unveils their Creative Fund, the door is open for success. Filmmakers have the chance to win big. $30,000 worth! But the real prize here is the network of producers, writers, and distributors that could be at your fingertips! –  Zack Eritz, Hurlblog

Image credit – Hurlblog

SHIFT’s Creative Fund, a collaboration of MediaSilo and WireDrive, will award three narrative short film projects $30,000 each, plus exclusive consultations with creative partners in the industry, and some production support in the form of mobile production services, and a space in SHIFT’s Los Angeles Office. “Winning a grant of this caliber can be the difference between realizing your vision, or letting it wallow into the ether,” the announcement states.

Let’s be honest, networking is everything in this industry. And having the chance to meet writers, producers, distributors, and post-production experts is a huge deal! Your network can soar if you meet decision makers.

The blog post also says that while the $30,000 grant is great, he calls the networking and production services part of the equation “pure icing on the cake.”  The Production offices in Los Angeles will provide access to everything from meeting rooms, edit bays, computer workstations, and interview spaces, and the mobile production space is a custom built AirStream trailer that will be made available for selected productions on location.

So, how does a filmmaker get in on SHIFT Creative Fund contest?  Applications are being accepted during the month of May, with contest winners being announced on June 30th. Application packets must include a completed short script, as well as a production budget and schedule.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Must be original work, not accepted by any other contests, grants or festivals or associated with any other brand/company
  • Material should focus around the theme of “a shift in perspective”
  • Filmmaker must have a completed script at time of submission
  • Completed films will not be accepted
  • Filmmaker must be 18+ years old
  • Filmmaker must be based in the continental United States
  • Filmmaker may be a student, but project must not be a school or class assignment
  • Filmmaker must have made at least one film before (short or feature)
  • Submitted project must be a narrative short – submissions under 15 pages are strongly encouraged.
  • Applicant must be in a key creative role for the film: ideally, the producer or director
  • Must be willing to have production (pre, principal and post) filmed by a documentary crew
  • Stills, clips, promotional materials, and the completed finished film must be made available to SHIFT for use in future promotion and advertising.
  • Finished film must include a “Made by SHIFT” credit
  • Must use the SHIFT platform as part of your production
  • SHIFT provides equal consideration for all qualified candidates. SHIFT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.
Image credit – Hurlblog

Shane Hurlbut associate Zack Eritz also recommends including links to your past work, as well as other general information about your film project. “So, my advice, don’t skip on the general information about your project,” Shane writes. “Ask yourself, what makes your project so important, and why is it different from the competition? If you still find that hard, then talk about your project with friends and family. I often find discussing a project with others can help get the ball rolling.”

Contest winners will also be invited to attend a premiere screening of their films, which will be attended by SHIFT Clients and partners, and that will equate to improved chances for selling your film project for distribution.

The 2018 SHIFT Short Film Grant Application can be found here.  More information can be found here.

About James DeRuvo 801 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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