Film Festival

The FilmShift Festival

The 6th Annual Filmshift Festival was created by independent filmmaker, Jeremy Jed Hammel, as a way to combine three of his passions: The art of film, bringing people together, and giving back to charity in his local community.

Filmshift is held every year at the Somerville Theater in Somerville, MA.  We present independent films of most genres and we have special Showcases for local films, student films, and films that have a connection to Environmental or Sustainable topics.  We offer a cash prize, awards from our sponsors, and superlative awards to our filmmakers.

Some genres of films that we’re seeking include, but are not limited to: Drama, Comedy, Thriller, Horror, Documentary, Music Video, Animated, and Student films..

Ten percent of our gross ticket sales are donated to Christopher’s Haven, a local charity that finds low-cost or no-cost housing for families staying in Boston for their child’s cancer treatment.


The Shiftys

Films entered into competition at The Filmshift Festival are eligible to win cash and prizes along with our Shifty Awards.

For most of our awards, feature-length and short works compete together for the same set of prizes.

We present Shifty Awards in the following categories:

Best of Festival

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Special Awards

The Shifty Uplifty Award

The Shifty Lime Time Award

Audience Awards

Honorable Mention

Certificates of Merit (online) will be given to a handful of films screened at the festival in the following categories:

  • Feature
  • Short
  • Documentary
  • Music Video

Student Showcase

Student films entered into competition at The FilmShift Festival are eligible to win cash and prizes along with our Shifty Awards.

Learn more more about our student film festival»

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