Supporting narrative short films

Film grants come in all shapes and sizes—supporting filmmakers working in many genres, styles, and formats. When looking at the landscape of grants available to filmmakers, there’s a gap around one particular format when it comes to finding funding: narrative short films. SHIFT is committed to supporting these projects and their raw creativity. A narrative short is an important stepping stone in a filmmaker’s career, and represents a unique kind of creative expression not usually found in other formats. 

Filmmaker FAQs

SHIFT Creative Fund film grants are awarded in an open bid format

Filmmakers will be asked to submit a top-line production budget along with their application, outlining how much funding is needed to carry their project from concept through post-production. SHIFT is dedicated to supporting as many films as possible within our available grant pool. While there are no official limits, we encourage you to submit a project budget totaling between $5,000 and $40,000.

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Timeline

Applicants will be asked to submit a completed script, visual treatment, top-line budget, preliminary production schedule, and samples of previous work as part of their full grant application. Applicants will use an online portal as well as a free SHIFT for Creators account to submit all needed materials during the application window.

Our team of readers begin reviewing all grant applications.

Following the review period, chosen semifinalists will be asked to submit a 60-second pitch video detailing their short film and how they plan to execute it. A social voting window will allow the public to vote on their favorite project, the winners of which will be guaranteed a spot as a SHIFT Creative Fund Finalist.

SHIFT Creative Fund semifinalists will be asked to submit a 60-second pitch video detailing their short film and how they plan to execute it. A 2-week social voting window will allow the public to vote on their favorite project, the winners of which will be guaranteed a spot as a SHIFT Creative Fund Finalist.

Our 2020 SHIFT Creative Fund grant winners are selected and publicly announced, approximately 3 months after the application window.