Creative Fund

Supporting up-and-coming filmmakers in bringing their creative visions to life


Our 2018 Winners

Inside Look

Go Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes


In the Spring of 2018, SHIFT awarded a small early-award grant to the filmmaking team from SLMBR PRTY for their short narrative film titled “Pioneers”. Go behind the scenes as the all-female production team brings this story of struggle and perseverance to life.

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Behind the Scenes

On Location

The "Pioneers" team travels out to the desert for two days of filming. See what it really takes to bring a film from page to screen in this behind the scenes featurette!

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The Awards

Our Winning Filmmakers Receive

  • Grant - Teal

    Up to $30,000 cash grant

    Monetary award can be used for all pre-production, production, and post-production expenses. No more penny-saving, crowdfunding, or asking distant relatives for donations.

  • Partners - Teal

    Collaboration with award-winning SHIFT partners

    Consult with writers, producers, distributors and post-production experts through each stage of the creative process to take your project to the next level.

  • Creator Space - Teal

    Access to the SHIFT Creator's Space

    Get access to professional meeting rooms, editing bays, computer workstations, interview space, and more, which will all be available to LA-based filmmakers.

  • Shift Airstream - Teal

    Access to the SHIFT Airstream

    2 weeks of access to our fully-equipped mobile production trailer for off-site or on-the-road production days (limited to a 100 mile radius from Los Angeles, CA)

  • Shift Air Account - Teal

    Access to a SHIFT account

    Be one of the first to use the new SHIFT platform for content sharing, streamlined video review, and collaboration with your entire post-production team.

  • Judges - Teal

    Elite panel of judges

    Final grant determinations will be made by a high-level judging panel of industry professionals. Get your script seen by the people who can really make a difference.

  • Shift Creative - Teal

    Partnership with our SHIFT Creative Team in Los Angeles

    Work closely with our entire SHIFT team in the Los Angeles office. Tap into a wealth of knowledge for production, post-production, and distribution assistance.

  • Premier Event - Teal

    Premiere screening event in Los Angeles

    Showcase your finished film along with all of the other grant recipients at a premiere screening event to SHIFT partners and clients. Your film will be seen by some serious industry heavyweights.


James Blevins

Television Academy Member - 25 Year Veteran of Film & TV

Lalita Koehler

Executive Director, Head of Integrated Production - Saatchi & Saatchi>

Loni Peristere

Director - A Series of Unfortunate Events, American Horror Story

SHIFT Creative Fund Supporters

Supporting the creative process from beginning to end

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Additional Prizes

Hurlbut Visuals

Free membership to Shane’s Inner Circle

Stray Angel Films

50% off equipment rental package, up to $2,500

Music Bed

$250 worth of music licensing

Chroma Color

70% off lab services and color correction

Pursuit Aviation

Half day with the Pursuit Aviation Team - including one aerial shot
(Los Angeles only - subject to terms and conditions)


Coupons for $200 off location bookings (LA and NYC) and free day filming at Norkai Studios (LA only)

New Filmmakers Los Angeles

Complimentary One Year Household Membership (2 people)