In our 7th year of Filmshift, we've expanded to 2 seasonal annual festivals and brought on some new elements to the mix. We are having a Summer Festival at the Aeronaut Brewery community space in Somerville on May 14th, and a Fall Festival, October 15th and 16th at the Somerville Theater's screening room.

The May festival will be a day of films shown in a seated screening area adjacent to the brewery's Taproom bar. The day will segue into an evening celebration featuring a DJ, interactive art displays, films projected on the walls, and mingling, with more surprises in the planning stages.

Our goal is to highlight films of most genres, support the art of film, and support a great cause. Ten percent of our gross ticket sales will be donated to Christopher’s Haven.

We have revamped our panel of judges to include not only film professionals, video production instructors, and indie filmmakers, but also a few folks who are fans of film.

You can apply to either the May or October Festivals or apply to both with a separate entry fee for each.

Some films that we have presented in the past include “Earthwork,” starring Academy-Award nominee, John Hawkes (for “Winter’s Bone,”) Comic Con 2010 winner, “Marwencol,” and “The Burning Season,” narrated by Hugh Jackman.

Ten percent of our gross ticket sales are donated to Christopher’s Haven, a local charity that finds low-cost or no-cost housing for families staying in Boston for their child’s cancer treatment.

We present Shifty Awards in the following categories:

Best of Festival

The Shifty Uplifty Award
Presented to films that uniquely inspire and uplift through the art of film.

Audience Awards
Determined by the festival viewing audience’s vote and overall rating of the films.

Honorable Mention
Certificates of Merit will be given to a handful of films screened at the festival in the following categories:

Music Video

Online submissions preferred (Vimeo link, FilmFreeway interface) though we do accept DVD's.

As independent filmmakers ourselves, we at Filmshift understand both the financial sacrifice and the emotional cost of producing or writing a film and submitting it to festivals. We hope that you find room in your budget to submit your work to The Filmshift Festival and we look forward to viewing your work.

You can apply to either the May or October Festivals or apply to both with a separate entry fee for each.

Films entered for consideration can be completed in any year, but except in “special cases,” films completed after January 1st, 2013 will receive priority over those completed before.
Entry fees are not refundable for any reason.
Filmmakers local to the New England area who are selected are asked to have at least one Representative (producer, director, or lead actor) take part in a Q&A session immediately following their screening(s)
To be considered for screening at the festival, entries must be on DVD NTSC (please test the DVD before sending.) Please format DVD’s for multi-zone or Zone 1 (North America.)Clearly label DVD’s with title of production. Each tape must contain only one production; putting multiple entries on a single DVD will cause delays and may result in your film being rejected.
If selected to screen at the festival, the filmmaker must provide either a playable DVD NTSC or a Beta-SP copy for projection at least 7 business days prior to the scheduled screening.
Films in competition cannot be tied to a Domestic Distribution Deal. Films that have screened on US national network or cable television or distributed to public non-local theaters prior to the festival dates are also ineligible for competition.However, films that have acquired non-local distribution may be considered for special screenings.
All commercial/private property including, but not limited to, all trademarked and/or copyrighted materials shown or recorded within the film is the sole responsibility of the filmmaker. The FilmShift Festival does not take responsibility for any legal claims of trademark or copyright infringement against the film, the film’s producers, or for publically exhibiting the film. The filmmaker assumes all responsibility for any and all legal claims arising from exhibition of the film at The FilmShift Festival.
Participants agree that their film or clips from it and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, FilmShift web site, and for any promotional purposes that FilmShift Festival deems appropriate.
FilmShift holds no responsibility for lost or damaged prints. While the utmost care will be taken with regard to prints, it is solely up to the filmmaker to take full responsibility for insuring the safety and value of their film copies.
The FilmShift Festival will make our best effort to ensure that the correct title and credits are listed on festival materials but will not be held liable for inadvertent errors and omissions. We reserve the right to adjust dates and times of film screenings, without notice. FilmShift will not be held responsible for delays or cancellations due to equipment failure, shipping delays, the condition of the film, or similar situations.
Viewing tapes and/or promotional materials will not be returned to the filmmaker.Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for each submission if you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your entry.
Upon request, Filmmakers entering the Student category must provide valid proof of matriculation at an accredited High School, university, or college.
Filmmakers entering the Student category who are under 18 years of age, must have a parent or legal guardian sign their entry form.
By submitting your film to The FilmShift Festival, you attest that you have read and understand these Guidelines and Rules, hold all necessary rights to screen the entered film publicly, and are authorized to grant and does hereby grant said rights to The FilmShift Festival.
The organizers of the FilmShift Film Festival reserve the right to rule on cases not covered by these rules and regulations.
The Participation Agreement contained on the official Festival Entry Form must be signed, or “checked” if using the online version. Please note that signing or checking the participation agreement is legally binding.
Selection for screening in the festival will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival. Filmmakers will be notified of their status by email, whether their film(s) was accepted into the festival or not.