Filmmakers, rejoice! SHIFT, a rebrand of MediaSilo and Wiredrive, has unveiled their Creative Fund which will award three narrative short film projects. The grant includes $30,000 for each project along with access to consultations with creative partners across the industry, use of the SHIFT Airstream trailer for mobile production, and a space in SHIFT’s Los Angeles offices. Winning a grant of this caliber can be the difference between realizing your vision, or letting it wallow into the ether.
RULES & DEADLINE FOR YOUR SHORT FILM
The SHIFT Creative Fund is accepting applications from May 1st – May 31st, with winners announced on June 30th. If you’re a filmmaker interested in throwing your hat into the ring, there are a few things you need to prepare. First, you’ll need to have a short script completed. After that, you will also need to be able to provide a production budget and schedule. Judges will want to see 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. 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.
WHAT SETS THIS COMPETITION APART
This really is one of the better competitions out right now. I would recommend those with great short film ideas to take advantage of this opportunity. The $30,000 grant is the real eye-opener, but the other features of the prize are pure icing. 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 access to the Los Angeles location is also a great add. There you will have access to meeting rooms, edit bays, computer workstations, and interview space. Also, the SHIFT team is at your disposal for production, post-production and distribution assistance, as well as a premiere screening attended by SHIFT clients and partners. So, your chances of selling your film are even higher!
If you’re interested in learning more about SHIFT’s Creative Fund, or wish to sign up for reminders, you can do so on their website.
A QUICK SIDE NOTE
If you’re in Los Angeles April 24th, and would like to attend a free event about making a name for yourself in a noisy age and oversaturated industry, check out Digital LA – Filmmakers: Making a Name for Yourself Online. Speakers are Gandja Monteiro of GLORIA Content, McCoy | Meyer a Directing Duo at Rodeo Show Productions, Carrie Stett of Washington Square Films, Jonathan Hyde director of Mutt, and to be moderated by WiredriveCo-Founder, Bill Sewell. Register now!
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