Deadline May 31st

Narrative Short Film Grant

Three Awards of up to $30,000 Each

Grant Opens

May 1st

Application Deadline

May 31st

Grant Recipients Selected

June 30th

About The Grant

Your ticket to financing, mentorship, and an international creative community

SHIFT is excited to announce the launch of a brand new Creative Fund, supporting independent filmmakers, content creators and storytellers of all shapes and sizes in bringing their short-form narrative films to life. It is our mission to inspire and empower the next generation of filmmakers, and to give them the tools they need to reach their creative goals. As part of this mission, we are seeking exciting and imaginative short-form narrative projects that are focused around a common theme — a shift in perspective. To the independent filmmaker who has been searching for the perfect funding platform for your short film: this is the place for you.

Meet Our Panel of Judges

James Blevins Project Manager, Distribution - Netflix
Lalita Koehler Executive Director, Head of Integrated Production - Saatchi & Saatchi
Loni Peristere Director - A Series of Unfortunate Events, American Horror Story

The Awards

Three winning filmmakers will each be awarded

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.

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.

Access to the SHIFT Creator Space

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

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Supporting the creative process from beginning to end

With the SHIFT Creative Fund you don’t just get a grant award, you get a real partner in the creative process. We are all about collaboration — working within a team of creatives to get the best possible result. We are extending that philosophy to the grant recipients, connecting independent filmmakers to leaders and trend-setters in the entertainment industry. SHIFT is looking for filmmakers who are enthusiastic, dedicated, and passionate about the stories they tell. We are committed to giving creators the space — and the freedom — they need to bring their stories to life.




$250 worth of music licensing

Hurlbut Visuals

Free membership to Shane’s Inner Circle

Stray Angel Films

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


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)


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