2013 Screenwriting Contest Update

September 13th, 2013

Hi Screenwriters!  I’ve just updated our Prize listings on our screenplay contest page, there are some amazing prizes for our screenwriters, take a look!   The winners of the screenplay contest will be announced October 28th, 2013.   Thanks!

Find us on Facebook

June 28th, 2013

The most up-too-date information about the 4th annual Filmshift Festival can be found on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/filmshift  We will update this page periodically, but the fastest way to get news for Filmshift is on Facebook.  Thanks!

Shifty Sounds – Benefit for Filmshift on 6/30/13 in Cambridge, MA!

June 28th, 2013
TT The Bear’s Place, Houndstooth Radio, and the Filmshift Film Festival present a concert to benefit the 4th annual Filmshift Festival: “Shifty Sounds aka I Know Someone Who Knows Jed Hammel”
Sunday, June 30, 2013 starting at 8 PM
Purchase online at https://www.facebook.com/events/459470210795133/ or at the door
18+
TT the Bear’s Place
10 Brookline St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Garvey J (Melodic Blues-pop), Pretendica (featuring members of Boston bands Letters to Cleo and Orbit and former WFNX DJ Mike Gioscia), and Ruby Rose Fox (Emerson Grad, played at Boston’s Rock n’ Roll Rumble) will perform.  Plus, DJ Ryan Brown (Middlesex Lounge, Goodlife, Eastern Standard and DJ David Day (Together, Mmmmavens) will spin throughout. The trailer for the upcoming WFNX documentary, “We Want The Aiwaves” featuring a number of past and current Boston-based DJ’s will also be shown.  The full documentary will be premiered at the 4th annual Filmshift Festival in October.
This is the first in a series of events celebrating the different talented musicians, filmmakers, and artists that are thriving in Boston…Most of them sort of know Jed Hammel.
Jeremy Jed Hammel, director of “A Little Push” featuring Boston boys Michael “Skinny” Cavallo, Slaine, and Jay Giannone  which recently premiered in Hollywood at the world famous Chinese Theater as part of the 16th annual Dances With Films Festival, is putting on the concert.
The Filmshift Festival presents films from across the nation, produced independently and on the local level.  Our goal is to highlight films and screenplays of all kinds, support the art of film, and support charity. Ten percent of our gross ticket sales will be donated to Christopher’s Haven.

Filmshift 2013 Call For Entries Now Open!

June 28th, 2013

Calling all Filmmakers!  Filmshift Festival 2013′s “Call For Entries” is open!  If you or someone you know has a film, we want to see it!

We offer wards from industry leaders such as Final Draft professional screenwriting software, free entry into Script Pipeline’s“pitch fest” and screenplay contest, as well as superlative awards.

Ten percent of the 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 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.  They present independent films of most genres and have special Showcases for local films, student films, and films that have a connection to Environmental or Sustainable topics.  Some films that

Filmshift has presented in the past include “Earthwork,” starring Academy-Award nominee, John Hawkes (for “Winter’s Bone,”) Comic Con 2010 winner, “Marwencol,” and “The Burning Season,” narrated by Hugh Jackman.  Filmshift is seeking films that tell strong and unique stories.

Please add us on Facebook and share our info with your circle of friends, family, and colleagues, if that’s how you roll!

Thanks,

Jeremy Jed Hammel
Filmshift Director
www.filmshift.org

Filmshift 2012 Call For Entries Open!

April 3rd, 2012

Calling all Filmmakers!  Filmshift Festival 2012′s “Call For Entries” is open!  If you or someone you know has a film, we want to see it!   Our filmmaker awards are simply amazing this year, so now there’s even more reason to submit!:

We offer cash prizes totaling $1250 and awards from industry leaders such as Final Draft professional screenwriting software, free entry into Script Pipeline’s“pitch fest” and screenplay contest, as well as superlative awards.

Ten percent of the 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 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.  They present independent films of most genres and have special Showcases for local films, student films, and films that have a connection to Environmental or Sustainable topics.  Some films that

Filmshift has presented in the past include “Earthwork,” starring Academy-Award nominee, John Hawkes (for “Winter’s Bone,”) Comic Con 2010 winner, “Marwencol,” and “The Burning Season,” narrated by Hugh Jackman.  Filmshift is seeking films that tell strong and unique stories.

Please add us on Facebook and share our info with your circle of friends, family, and colleagues, if that’s how you roll!

Thanks,

Jeremy Jed Hammel
Filmshift Director
www.filmshift.org

Filmshift 2010 Winning Films and Screenplays Announced!

October 17th, 2010

Well, that was fun!

Filmshift’s inaugural year was a Full On success!  Audiences loved the films, our volunteers ran a tight ship, we had great Q and A’s with the filmmakers, and we raised money and awareness for a few worthy causes!

Scroll down to see a few photos from the festival, or join our Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/filmshift to see photos from all of the 5 days!

All that, and we “kept local”!  Aside from our locally-owned sponsors and venues, we worked with Cambridge-based printers, Ambit Press and local designer Tonya Romanowski to create our programs and backdrop.  We worked with Somerville-based web design company, Truly Good Design to create our website, and locally-based graphic designer and artist, Rachel Brezel, to create our logo.  We rented our DVCam deck from the locally-owned Rule Camera here in Boston.  And our awesome filmmaker party, sponsored by Powderhouse Productions, was held at the locally-owned Somerville landmark, The Burren!

Once again, thanks goes out to our generous sponsors and venues…and thanks to Jesse at the Coolidge Corner Theater and Ian at the Somerville Theater (and their staff,) for all their help and support.

Super-Secret Thanks goes out to all of my volunteers!  You My Favorite Yo!

Sincerely,

Jeremy Jed Hammel

Filmshift Director

Award Winning Films Announced!

We are proud to announce our Award winning films, including our judges selections, audience awards, and student winners!

Thanks to our judges and to all of our filmmakers for their hard work and dedication.  We would also like to offer our congratulations to our winners and encouragement to all who submitted.

The winning films selected for the 2010 Filmshift Festival are as follows:

First Place: “Earthwork”

Our First Place winner receives a $500 cash prize and a copy of Jungle Software’s “Gorilla” budgeting for independent filmmakers. The cash prize will be provided by Filmshift and the software was generously donated by Jungle Software.

Second Place: “One Track Mind”

Our Second Place winner receives a copy of Jungle Software’s “Gorilla” budgeting for independent filmmakers.  Our Second Place winner will also receive a 12-month online subscription to Filmmaker magazine, provided by Filmshift. Jungle Software generously donated the software.

Third Place: “Split Estate”

Our Third Place winner receives a 12-month online subscription to Filmmaker Magazine, provided by Filmshift.

Honorable Mention:

“Daydreaming”

LA La Love Award

“Picture Day”

Presented to one promising LA-based Filmmaker. The award includes a one-time 25% discount on equipment rental from Wooden Nickel Lighting and a one-time 25% off discount from Atomic Production supply rentals. Along with the 20% HD camera equipment rental from Bunch/Casseday available to all who mention FilmShift, this is a very valuable prize to indie filmmakers shooting on a tight budget.

Shifty Uplifty Awards

Presented to no more than 5 films that uniquely inspire and uplift through the art of film. This award is also given to films that best exemplify the ideal that we should treat all people with respect, understanding, and compassion.

“Prayers For Peace”

“The Lifter Upper”

“Nico’s Challenge”

Shifty Limetime Award

Presented to no more than 5 films or filmmakers with particularly creative or strong contributions to the “Green” and/or 10% Shift revolution.

“No Impact Man”

“Split Estate”

So Says Jed Filmshift Director Award for Best Feature: “Heaven Burns”

This award is given to one feature selected by Filmshift Festival Director, Jeremy Jed Hammel, for overall excellence in filmmaking.

So Says Jed Filmshift Director Award for Best Short: “Nico’s Challenge”

This award is given to one short selected by Filmshift Festival Director, Jeremy Jed Hammel, for overall excellence in filmmaking.

So Says Jed Filmshift Award for Best Enviromental Film: “How To Boil A Frog”

This award is given to one film with an environmental topic selected by Filmshift Festival Director, Jeremy Jed Hammel, for overall excellence in fiilmmaking.

Audience Award for Best Feature: “Dynamite Swine”

Audience Award for Best Short: “The Lifter Upper”

First Place, Student Competition: “Picture Day”

Our First Place winner will receive a $500 cash prize.

Second Place, Student Competition: “Breadwinner”

Our Second Place winner will receive a copy of Jungle Software’s “Gorilla” budgeting for independent filmmakers.  Our Second Place winner will also receive a 12-month online subscription to Filmmaker magazine, provided by Filmshift. Jungle Software generously donated the software.

Third Place, Student Competition: “Vitruvious’ Toybox”

Our Third Place winner will receive a 12-month online subscription to Filmmaker Magazine, provided by Filmshift.

Award Winning Screenplays Announced!

We are proud to announce our Award-winning screenplays, Honorable Mention, Shifty Uplifty Award, and Shifty Limetime award winners for Filmshift’s inaugural year!

Thanks to our judges and to all of our screenwriters for their hard work and dedication.  We would also like to offer our congratulations to our winners and encouragement to all who submitted.

The award-winning screenplays in the 2010 Filmshift Screenplay Competition are as follows:

First Place: “Super High Maintenance” by Leo Jenicek

Our First Place winner receives a $500 cash prize and a 6 month listing in Inktip’s industry newsletter. The cash prize will be provided by Filmshift and Inktip generously donated Inktip.com.

Second Place: “Grilled Cheese Virgin” by Steven Arvanites

Our Second Place winner receives a copy of Final Draft screenwriting software, a 12-month Script Pipeline writers database subscription, and a 12-month Script Pipeline writers database subscription. All three prizes were generously donated by the respective companies.

Third Place: “The Door” by Robert Cox

Our Third Place winner receives a copy of Final Draft screenwriting software and a 12-month subscription to Script magazine. Both prizes were generously donated by the respective companies.

Fourth Place: “Chances” by Jeff Trently & Anthony Stitt

Our Fourth Place winner receives a 12-month subscription to the Script Pipeline writers database.

Fifth Place: “The Ladder” by Faisal Qureshi

Our Fifth Place winner receives a 12-month subscription to the Script Pipeline writers database.

Sixth Place: “A Night Full of Blues” by Scott Harbison

Our Fifth Place winner receives a 12 month online subscription to Script magazine.

Honorable Mention: “The Budgie” by Kimberly Coleman

Honorable Mention: “Lasting” by Stephen Guilbert

Honorable Mention: “Keemo the Archer” by Mark Winzer

Shifty Uplifty Awards

Presented to no more than 5 screenplays that uniquely inspire and uplift through the art of film. This award is also given to screenplays that best exemplify the ideal that we should treat all people with respect, understanding, and compassion.

“Grilled Cheese Virgin” by Steven Arvanites

“Land of the Free, Home of the Slave” by Cliff Zimowski

“Lasting” by Stephen Guilbert

“Through Laura’s Eyes” by Donna Adams

Shifty Limetime Awards

Presented to no more than 5 screenplays with particularly creative support of the “Green” and/or 10% Shift revolution.

“Chances” By Jeff Trently & Anthony Stitt

“The Budgie” by Kimberly Coleman 

Filmshift 2010 Pictures!

Take a look back at Filmshift 2010 or check out what you missed!  Remember, if you join our Facebook Page, you can see a bunch more!

Heaven Burns

“Heaven Burns” stars, Whitney Nielson and Clayton Myers on “The Green Carpet” at the Coolidge Corner Theater.

Day 3 Audience

An audience member asks a question at our Shifty Shorts III screening.

Filmshift Director

Filmshift Festival Director, Jeremy Jed Hammel, and 2 Filmshift volunteers at The Performing Arts Connection.

Mark and Liz

Filmmaker, Mark Poisella of “Dynamite Swine” with a Filmshift volunteer on “The Green Carpet” at the Somerville theater after Marks screening and Q and A.

Filmshift Director

Filmshift Director, Jeremy Jed Hammel’s best photo of the festival…just sayin.’

2010 Filmshift Screenplay Competition Top 15 Announced!

October 1st, 2010

We are excited to announce the Top 15 Official Selections of the 2010 Filmshift Screenplay Competition.

Filmshift congratulates our writers who’s screenplays placed and we are proud of all those who entered the competition.

The Final round of judging for screenplays will be announced shortly after October 10th.

To hear about all the Filmshift news, check us out on Facebook or sign up for our e-newsletter!

The Top 15 screenplays in the 2010 Filmshift Screenplay Competition are as follows:

A Night Full of Blues Scott Harbison
Chances By Jeff Trently & Anthony Stitt
Codgertown by Robert Gately
Death Tax by Mike McGeever
Hundreds and Thousands by Robert Mazzona
Keemo the Archer by Mark Winzer
Land Of The Free, Home Of The Slave by Cliff Zimowski
Lasting by Stephen Guilbert
My Way by Judah Ray Neiditch
Super High Maintenance by Leo Jenicek
The Bearer of Bad News by David Minaskanian
The Door by Robert Cox
The Ladder Faisal Qureshi
Through Laura’s Eyes by Donna Adams
Trunk or Treat by Ron Podell

2010 Filmshift Screenplay Competition Announced!

September 14th, 2010

Filmshift Screenplay Competition Announced!

We are excited to announce the Official Selections of screenplays chosen for the First Round of the 2010 Filmshift Screenplay Competition.  We received works from across the nation, from 4 separate countries, and with topics and themes just as diverse.

Filmshift congratulates our writers who’s screenplays placed and is proud of all those who entered the competition.

(The next round of the competition is the Top 25.  Those screenplays will be announced in about a week or so).

10 Minutes From Paradise by Janyce Lapore
Aftermath by Natalie Hanson
A Night Full of Blues Scott Harbison
Act of Contrition by Sabrina Zackery
Chances By Jeff Trently & Anthony Stitt
Codgertown by Robert Gately
Death Tax by Mike McGeever
Guided Tour by Peter Snoad
H2L0VE by Frances Key
Halfway Home by David Schroeder
Hide Fox by James Lantz
Honeymooners  by Ninan Tan
Hundreds and Thousands by Robert Mazzona
Keemo the Archer by Mark Winzer
Land Of The Free, Home Of The Slave by Cliff Zimowski
Lasting by Stephen Guilbert
Lesser Kings Screenplay by Farshad Allahdadi
Lola by Ninan Tan
Mr. Wendell by Vernon Mills
My Dead Wife by Pamela Beck
My Way by Judah Ray Neiditch
Practically A Party by Catherine Hall
Son of Prometheus by Idrissa Ekundayo
Sophronia L. by Tim Bridwell
Spotnik by Celeste Chan Wolfe
Stakeout by Gilbert Stark
Super High Maintenance by Leo Jenicek
The Bearer of Bad News by David Minaskanian
the budgie by Kimberly Coleman
The Door by Robert Cox
The Groom Wore Black by Ian Slang
The Helping Stone by Robert Tolz
The Kiarsidia by Bruce Golde
The Ladder Faisal Qureshi
Through Laura’s Eyes by Donna Adams
Trunk or Treat by Ron Podell
Walk on Water by Keith Reagan

Facebook, New Blog, and e-Newsletter

July 14th, 2010

Be sure to join our Facebook Page by clicking here:  http://www.facebook.com/filmshift

And/Or be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter by going to our front page (top right corner.)  That way, you can be the first to read exciting news and announcements about Filmshift.  Here’s just a taste:

Launched a new blog for a more in-depth look at Filmshift. Considered calling it “Shifting Perspectives,” but instead I chose…well, click here to find out: http://filmshift.tumblr.com/


Working really hard to try to announce the first batch of films by next week, so by sure to go to filmshift.org to be added to our e-newsletter…or send us a message here with your email address


Shooting a film in LA? Be sure to check out our local sponsors: Atomic Production Supplies LLC, Wooden Nickel Lighting, ProductionHUB.com and www.bunchcasseday.com for everything that you need! camera, grip/lighting equipment, experienced crew, and production supplies…also, just for good measure, Production Notices


Under a month until our Late Deadline! We are still accepting entries for films and screenplays…submit your work by August 2nd and save!

Welcome New Sponsor, Cambridge Naturals!

March 18th, 2010

Filmshift is proud to announce local favorite, Cambridge Naturals, as our newest sponsor!

Cambridge Naturals is a local and independent community store with solutions for healthy living since 1974. Visit them in Porter Square or online at:

http://www.cambridgenaturals.com

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