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 will 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. All 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 --
Bootcamp Shorts Lab is a 3-day online training program to train and develop the skills of the new filmmakers and help them prepare for their next (short film) project. During the bootcamp the filmmakers will learn about everything from script development to the creative aspects of editing, sound and film distribution.
Sessions included in the Bootcamp Shorts Lab 2022 will be published in June.
Check previous edition bootcampshortslab2021.
Check out festival's previous edition here:,

• 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