THE SHIFT Film Festivals Fund
THE SHIFT, a short film by Brock Heasley (that's me) is a true labor of love made by so very many talented people in the Fresno, CA area for peanuts (literally--I could only afford to feed them!), but that looks like it cost a million bucks!
Now, it's time for the film to go out into the world. That means Film Festivals, where the Hollywood movers and shakers will get a look at it. Why do that? Well, first of all, this is art and art should be shared! But also... you'd be amazed at how many great films started out as short films (Napoleon Dynamite and the Oscar-winning Whiplash come to mind) and later got funding for a full feature. Film Festivals are where THE SHIFT could truly shine.
Every Film Festival is a business unto itself. On average, it costs about $50 to submit a film. With literally hundreds of Film Festivals out there to choose from, that's a cost that can add up fast!
If you'd like to contribute and help get THE SHIFT out there, you can do that! Right here! In exchange, you'll get an extra special credit ON THE FILM ITSELF as a "Power Player."
That's right. You get your very own movie credit.
As I type this, we're just coming off our first screening for cast, crew, family, and friends. The response, quite frankly, was overwhelmingly, honestly positive. This film is about a lot more than "guy meets the Devil." It's about the struggle we all have against the darkness and the way--what I believe is the only Way--to combat it. I think that's a message worth getting out into the world.
If you agree, thank you in advance for your donation. Have a fantastic day.
In other news... the donations continue to roll in despite the lack of an active campaign. We're now up to $2,400 total! That's incredible.
Recent festivals submitted to since our last update: Oregon Independent (Portland, OR) and Kingdomwood (Tucker, GA). Kingdomwood marks our first entry into a primarily Christian festival. Very curious to potentially see how that audience responds to the film.
More to come!
We've submitted to even more Festivals since my last update, including: BendFilm (Bend, Oregon), Santa Fe Independent (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Savannah (Savannah, Georgia), Dam Short (Boulder City, Nevada), Berlin Independent (Berlin, Germany), Telluride (Telluride, CO), and Chain NYC (New York, New York)!
In case you missed the news... the official trailer for THE SHIFT drops this Friday at 9pm PST on Instagram and Facebook. Please be sure and share it with your friends when you see it pop up on your feed. We want to spread the word and show the Festivals that THE SHIFT is a film people are excited about seeing.
That's all for now. More updates to come--thanks again!
Raindance (London, UK), Atlanta Underground (Atlanta, GA), St. Louis International (St. Louis, MN), Hollywood Dreamz (Las Vegas, NV), Flickers' Rhode Island International (Newport, RI), DC Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition (Washington DC), New York (NY), Calgary International (Canada), Edmonton International (Canada), Mill Valley (Mill Valley, CA), New Orleans (New Orleans, LA), Laughlin International (Laughlin, NV), and New Hampshire (Portsmouth, NH).
That brings our total festivals entered to 29. Still lots more to go. More updates coming!
With our funding now in place, I've been working overtime to get our little film submitted. In addition to the Festivals I told you about the other day, THE SHIFT has now been submitted to: Red Rock Film Festival (St. George, Utah), Action on Film International Film Festival (Las Vegas, Nevada), Austin Film Festival (Austin, Texas), Catalina Film Festival (Catalina Island, California), Indy Film Fest (Indianapolis, Indiana), Fantasia Film Festival (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), Toronto Independent Film Festival (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Tallgrass Film Festival (Wichita, Kansas), and the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival (Hollywood, California).
Now, just because we've submitted, does that mean we'll get in? No, but I like our odds. Check out this brief, unexpected email exchange I had this morning with Del Weston, the organizer of the Action On Film Festival in Las Vegas:
Del: Absolutely incredible.
Me. Wow, thanks for the early feedback! Definitely looking forward to the Fest.
Del: Great job brother. We will see you in August.
I don't count that as an OFFICIAL confirmation, but no doubt there are exciting things ahead!