SHIFT Film Festival 2021


We celebrate the seventh 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 sixth 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 if the corona outbreak measurements will make it possible, the films will be screened at the festival heart ECI Cultuurfabriek in Roermond, though part of the masterclasses will be held online to give opportunity to more filmmakers to join!

This year we offer you two options:
- Submit your film to the Short Film Competition and whether your film is selected or not, you will get an access to the online masterclasses.

- Submit your film to the Short Film Competition with a lower fee and only if selected, you will be able to participate the Bootcamp Shorts Lab.

Bootcamp Shorts Lab Masterclasses will include: Script Development (masterclass & break-out rooms), Producing, Directing (masterclass & break-out rooms), Camera & Composition, Editing & Distribution). Please check the Bootcamp Shorts Lab program from 2020: The new program will be published on the website on July 1.

• SHIFT Award for Best Film (€250)
• Youth Jury Award for Best Film
• Special Jury Award (€100)
• Audience Award for Best Film
• Best Pitch (€2.000)

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
  • 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
  • Greg Hall

    I've been to alot of festivals but this was one of the best I have ever attended. Super well organised with great events as part of the festival, all communication and hospitality was exceptional. An amazing selection of films, I was very happy to screen as part of it and to attend the festival. The networking was brilliant. I highly recommend this festival!!

    December 2019
  • Didi Spaans

    Great welcoming festival, with a lot of networking opportunities.

    October 2019