**UPDATE - MON 4/18/22**

TiltShift is thrilled to announce the Hi, How Are You Project of Austin, Texas as the beneficiary of our event. Named in honor of the late singer-songwriter and visual artist Daniel Johnston, the Hi, How Are You Project is committed to removing the stigma around mental health, one conversation at a time.

All collected income from submissions and ticket sales (minus what we are obliged to pay in service fees) will be donated directly to the Hi How Are You Project to further their educational efforts in bringing mental health awareness and conversations to various communities through the power of art and media.

To find out more about the Hi How Are You Project, please visit them at www.hihowareyou.org or find them on social media.

We are currently building a pricing model for tickets to TiltShift. They will go on sale at this page at a date in the near future.

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TiltShift is an upcoming two-day film series on the campus of Drexel University in Philadelphia, focused on the expression of psychology and mental health themes through all mediums and genres of filmmaking. The event will include 2-4 feature films and numerous short films of all lengths, combined with panel discussions featuring a diverse lineup of speakers who work directly in the fields of filmmaking, mental health, and disability resources.

This is a charity event, with all proceeds being donated to a mental health charity (specific beneficiary is TBD).

TiltShift is an official capstone project at Drexel University, organized by event director Matt Profaci, a senior in the undergraduate EAM (Entertainment & Arts Management) program and the current operations manager for the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival (PUFF).

Our screening team consists of four students at Drexel University involved in both the EAM and film/television programs with special interests and backgrounds in different fields of mental health. We are looking to attract bold and fearless independent filmmakers from all corners of the world that tackle the theme of mental illness in their projects' visions. Old films, new films, shorts, microshorts, features -- we want to see them all, and we want our audience to experience the power filmmaking can have when addressing these difficult and often sensitive topics. You are allowed (perhaps even encouraged) to make us uncomfortable.

Films will be screened at Drexel University's premiere 123-capacity screening room, located at Westphal College's URBN Annex (3401 Filbert St). If your film is accepted we would love to invite you in-person or via Zoom for an intro and/or Q&A.

TiltShift is a charity event and films are not screened in competition.

All selected films will receive an Official Selection laurel.

An authorized representative of the project being submitted must agree via digital signature that the film being submitted does not break any laws, and that all necessary licenses, royalties, and/or release forms have been obtained.

By submitting to TiltShift, you are granting the right for Westphal College at Drexel University to screen your submitted film to a public audience in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (19104), on either Friday, May 20th, 2022, or Saturday, May 21st, 2022. You are also granting both Drexel University and the organizers of TiltShift permission to use footage, stills, titles, trailers, and any other information from or relating to your film for promotional purposes.

Given the fact that we want this event to be as rich and engaging as possible for the local community, we are accepting older projects for consideration. If you submit an older project you MUST provide us with details on the status of your film's distribution (even if that means it was not distributed at all). Priority will be given to newer films that have not been released on home video, streamed online, or offered as part of any model of VOD.

New films that have recently had a festival screening in the city of Philadelphia (within the last calendar year) are not eligible.

If your film is accepted, you must be capable of providing us with both a digital and physical copy of your film. Filmmakers are responsible for all shipping costs. Physical media submitted to the event will not be returned. Please make sure all physical copies mailed to us are titled.

Suggested film specs:

1920x1080 or 1280x720
16:9 Aspect Ratio
Audio Sample 48 kHz
Video Bit Rate, at least 5000 kbps
.mp4 container
Apple ProRes 422 or codec of similar quality

Any subtitles must be presented on the film and not in a separate file.

Both Drexel University and the organizers of TiltShift reserve the right to change any rules or scheduling. Venue is subject to change. All accepted entries will be notified of any changes.

Overall Rating
  • Awesome! Thank you for including us.

    May 2022
  • Brent Ervin-Eickhoff

    Honored to be included in this inaugural festival. Although I couldn't attend in person, it was great to join for a virtual Q and A to discuss my short film. Matt was communicative as an organizer and did a great job putting the festival together. It looked like there were a lot of excellent films included!

    May 2022