Updates to the grant program

Producing an independent, low-budget film is difficult to accomplish in the best of circumstances, and the events of this past year have made it even harder. With smaller film productions still struggling to get off the ground and dealing with added stresses of on-set safety, higher budgets, and creative constraints, we have decided to adapt our Shift Creative Fund grant program to meet these changing needs. 

Filmmaker FAQs

Opportunities for funding in 2021

Throughout the 2021 year we will be for a variety of short form film projects and awarding cash grants and prizes to filmmakers as often as possible. We believe that supporting a larger number of smaller projects throughout the year will be a better service to our independent film community than awarding just one large grant prize. We want to keep our creative community engaged, keep them creating, and provide financial opportunities to more filmmakers than we ever have before! 

Grant Timeline

FEBRUARY 1st - FEBRUARY 28th application window

Theme: COMMUNITY
Exploring themes of connection, family, friendship, and love. The things that bring us together, even if we can’t always be together.

Application must include a script (15 pages or less) and a pitch deck

Winners will each receive:
- Up to $4,000 grant for production
- Camera rental from Blackmagic Design
- Access to DaVinci Resolve for post-production
- $500 rental from Lensrentals.com 
- Final Draft 11 screenwriting software license
- One-year subscription to Musicbed

Our Spring Grant is currently postponed. We will update this page with future grant opportunities as they become available!

Our Summer Grant is currently postponed. We will update this page with future grant opportunities as they become available!

Our Fall Grant is currently postponed. We will update this page with future grant opportunities as they become available!