SHIFT Film Forum 2023

Shifting Distance.

The SHIFT Film Forum invites all filmmakers and film viewers to an experience of connecting with like-minded people in a festival space: enjoy the Short Film Competition and other special screenings, take part in the SHIFT Masterclasses. Meet the participants of SHIFT Film Pitch and Directors Village 2023. Network with filmmakers from all over the world!

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SHIFT Film Forum 2023

For its ninth edition, the SHIFT Film Forum comes back on September 13-17 at the ECI Cultuurfabriek in Roermond, The Netherlands. With this edition we bring you the SHIFT Film Pitch, SHIFT MasterclassesShort Film Competition & Short Films SHIFT Special, other special screenings, networking drinks and various possibilities to learn all there is to know about the film world: discover international new talents, learn from experienced professionals, get to know each other and exchange. The unofficial kick-off of the Forum will be September 12 in Royal Theater Heerlen, with a special Ukrainian Focus program.

The SHIFT Masterclasses are SOLD OUT!

Program & Tickets

Find the complete program in the timetable below.

10:00 tot 12:00
SHIFT Film Pitch | Pitch Training Online
17:00 tot 22:00
Ukrainian Focus | Short Films & Talks Royal Theater Heerlen
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Our special programs

Directors Village

Directors Village is 5-day on-site European residence training program to enhance and develop the skills of directors-writers and help you prepare for your next (short film) project. Learn and work on script development, Directors vision & directing actors with coaches during group sessions, networking events and you help each other to bring your projects further. Boost your filmmaking skills during Directors Village and learn everything from script development to directing actors.

Click here to read more on this year's selected participants.

Ukrainian Focus 

Join us for a relaxed and insightful CineTalk on Ukrainian filmmaking with a Ukrainian Filmmaker. Experience a curated selection of captivating Ukrainian short films, where you can explore, learn, and show your support for the Ukrainian cinematographic identity. Don't miss the opportunity to connect with fellow film enthusiasts and enjoy networking moments over refreshing drinks. We look forward to welcoming you!

Date: Tuesday September 12, 17.00 PM - 22.00 PM
Location: Royal Theater in Heerlen

  • 17:00-18:30 CineTalk incl. Short film "Re-record" & Ukrainian Short Film Competition
  • 19:30-20:00 Drinks
  • 20:00-22:00 Feature Film: My Thoughts Are Silent

Free of charge for the Ukrainian refugees who live in the Netherlands.

The earnings from the ticket sale will be donated to support refugees. 

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Get access to Ukrainian Focus and SHIFT Forum program with the SHIFT Full Day Pass. €35 for SHIFT Full Day Pass incl. both SHIFT Masterclasses, Short Film Competition, SHIFT Special Shorts & SHIFT Awards. The SHIFT Full Day Pass is also including lunch. 

SHIFT Short Film Competition

Don't miss out on the Short Film Competition, where these six films from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands will be competing for the Best Film Award, a Special Jury Mention, and the Audience Award. Below you can read more about the films. Make sure to catch them on the big screen at SHIFT Film Forum 2023!

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SHIFT Special Short Films 

Discover the special films Frost by Benno Geurts and Days of Spring by Arianne Hinz.

In Frost, Wander's journey through the Rocky Mountains with his girlfriend takes an unexpected turn when he faces challenges with her parents. Meanwhile, Days of Spring follows 11-year-old Roos as she enters an enigmatic group of friends, leading to unsettling demands she must confront. 

Don't miss this exceptional selection of out-of-competition short films on September 16 at ECI Cultuurfabriek Roermond. 

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Ukrainian Focus Short Film Competition 

Come and watch several Ukrainian short films to discover, learn and support Ukrainian cinematographic identity. The screening will be held free of charge for the Ukrainian refugees who live in the Netherlands. 

Date: Tuesday September 12 from 17.00 PM 
Location: Royal Theater in Heerlen

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Meet the Jury

Introducing our SHIFT Film Forum 2023 jury members for the SHIFT Short Film Competition and the SHIFT Film Pitch: Henry Disotuar from Belgium, Sammy Wisniewski from the Netherlands & Lukas Koll from Germany! 

Don't miss the chance to meet these incredible industry professionals at the SHIFT Film Forum on September 16 at the ECI Cultuurfabriek Roermond. 

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Meet the Coaches

Meet Anne van Melick, an accomplished screenwriter and Head of Department Screenwriting at the Netherlands Film Academy. This masterclass will be given in English. 

The SHIFT Masterclass Producing is coached by Ivo Siebum, Junior Producer for Millstreet Films. The language of the SHIFT Masterclass Producing is Dutch. 

Meet these Coaches during SHIFT Masterclass 2023, September 16 at ECI Cultuurfabriek Roermond. 

The SHIFT Masterclass Script is SOLD OUT! But there are 3 spots left for the SHIFT Masterclass Producing. 

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Shift to everyone: filmmakers and the audience

Whether you are a general film lover, a new filmmaker or a professional one, SHIFT Film Forum offers a dynamic and high quality festival experience, with films from all over the world, inspiring workshops, lectures and more.

Moreover, SHIFT gives a podium to upcoming talents to present their works, organizing special networking events, meet & greets and workshops, so that they can make shifts in their way of filmmaking, expand their network, collaborate with each other, talk with the audience and create new projects.

We are constantly seeking productions and professionals that set changes in the world. Be the one to shift your boundaries by shifting distance!

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