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Create at Home

The film industry has been hit hard by the global pandemic. Productions of all sizes have screeched to a halt, and hundreds of thousands of filmmakers are stuck at home with very little opportunity for a creative outlet. The Create at Home Film Festival is an opportunity for filmmakers to continue producing work, even if they can’t leave their houses. Submit an original short film to SHIFT (produced inside your home) and compete for one of our three $1,000 cash prizes! 

Submitted films must follow the prompts and be three minutes or less, and of course must take place at your own home. No more feeling stuck at home, now you can create at home!


Film Prompts

Each film submission must be an original work, created for the purposes of the Create at Home Film Festival. While film submissions may be any style or genre, each must include at least one of the following: 

A hammer OR a character named Alex OR a reference to the moon

Film submissions must have a complete runtime of three minutes or less and must be filmed or created in your own home using only people who reside with you. Any genre or style is welcome, including animation, stop-motion, and everything in between. 


Click here to watch the winning films


Friday, May 29th - Submissions Due
Friday, June 19th - Top 20 Films Selected
June 20th - June 26th - Social Voting
June 29th - Top 10 Films Selected
Week of July 6th - Three Winners Announced

Create a free SHIFT account

Questions? Email creativefund@shift.io

Rules and Guidelines

  • One film submission per person. 
  • Films must take place in your own home (balconies, porches, and backyards included).
  • Film must be an original creation, made specifically for the Create at Home Film Festival. 
  • Submission must be received by 11:59pm PST on Friday, May 29th. 
  • Films must be submitted using SHIFT, submission via email or any platform will not be accepted.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. 
  • While submissions from outside the U.S. are welcome, filmmakers must have a U.S. based bank or legal institution in order to receive funds. 
  • Three winning filmmakers will receive a cash prize of $1,000 each. The selection of winning films will be at the sole discretion of SHIFT and its associates. 
  • Top 10 films (finalists) will be showcased on SHIFT’s website. Each filmmaker owns full rights to their finished film and may showcase or submit film to other organizations/festivals.