SHIFT Film Festival 2022


We celebrate the eights edition of the SHIFT Film Festival organised by film hub CineSud and we do so in spite, and maybe especially because, of the crazy times that 2020 and 2021 has brought us so far. With the coronavirus outbreak, social distancing and strict measurements, it is still uncertain whether the live events will take place, however, we are proud to announce that the eighth edition of the SHIFT Film Festival will take place, whether live or online, we continue rolling, by shifting distance of social distancing, we invite you to experience (part of) a festival in the digital form!

Please note that the festival might take place in hybrid form. The films will be screened at the festival heart ECI Cultuurfabriek in Roermond and will be available online for a week of the festival on the secure platform for those viewers who cannot travel.

Check out festival's previous edition here:,

#NOWAR #PRAYFORUKRAINE With great sadness and hope we support the Ukrainian nation with the war against Russia! We pray for every family, every child to be safe and healthy and for this war to finish as soon as possible. Therefore, short films from the Russian Federation are not welcome at this festival.

We are happy to announce call for entries for the new residence program during SHIFT Film Festival 2022 - Director's Village!

Director’s Village is a 4-day on-site European residence training program to enhance and develop the skills of the directors-writers and help you prepare for your next (short film) project. During the Director’s Village you will learn and work on the script development, director's vision & directing actors with coaches during group sessions, networking events and you help each other to bring your projects further. The workshops will be held in English.

The participants of the Director’s Village are directors-writers who are working on their new short film. In order to be eligible for the submission, the director-writer needs to have already directed one short film. The participants will be selected by Screen Talent Europe Network partners.

*It is important that the participants are (co-)writing and filming their own project; the co-writer can also be invited into the program.

Participation in the Director’s Village is limited to eight talents of Screen Talent Europe partners. You are eligible to submit if you reside in one of the following countries: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Sweden. Your application will be assessed by the partner from your region/country: Film Workshop Copenhagen, Aarhus Film Workshop, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, CineSud, New Noardic Wave, Mediefabrikken, GMAC, FilmCloud.

Applicants must be developing a new fiction project. To apply you already need to have a first draft of a script of maximum 20 pages. One applicant can submit only one short film project. The program covers accommodation, traveling and catering costs for the selected participants.

Would you like to be selected to the Director’s Village? Please fill in the application form via the following link: We will select the projects and inform chosen participants at the latest June 20.

• SHIFT Award for Best Film (€250)
• Made in Limburg (€250)
• Special Jury Award (€150)
• Audience Award for Best Film

1. There is no limitation regarding the production date of your film, although our main focus will be productions made within the last five years.
2. The maximum running time for shorts is 20 minutes (including credits).
3. Films in every genre can be submitted (e.g. fiction, documentary, animation, experimental and more).
4. Titles produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles or dubbed in English.
5. Submissions only via, with online screeners (downloadable preferred). Additional materials such as credits, synopsis, stills, director’s biography and headshot are obligatory.

Overall Rating
  • The SHIFT Team did an incredible job with their hybrid event. Not only was there an in person screening, they were also extremely mindful and engaged with the online screenings and engaged the filmmakers on multiple levels, including workshops - which not many festivals offer at this level.

    They also do great Case Studies with the individual films which they host on their website, which is just a great idea!

    We felt very well taken care of and felt so lucky to be a part of this great festival!

    October 2021
  • Philippe Safire

    SHIFT Film Festival is wonderful and I was honored that my film "SPELL" was selected. I was impressed by the festival program, both in-person and online! The SHIFT Film Festival team put together an inspiring event for people who love cinema and want to learn more about its industry.

    September 2021
  • Inara Chayamiti

    SHIFT Film Festival created a great online experience and promoted a nice opportunity to connect with many talented people during the pandemic. It was a pleasure to participate with my experimental documentary "Raam" ("Window").

    September 2020
  • Jörgen Scholtens

    Great festival. Very nice to be a part of this festival with my movie Cuckoo! Great masterclasses, and very nice to get in touch with other filmmakers!

    September 2020
  • Tanya Yakovlev

    So honoured to have my short represented at SHIFT film festival.
    Excellent festival with very good networking opportunities.
    I met great people and made new friends from around the world here. The films are also of outstanding artistic quality. I love how this festival gives the guests and filmmakers a really nice familiar feeling. Everyone is super nice but also very professional. I would love to be able to join this festival again!

    March 2020