Venice Short Film Candidate: THE SHIFT

The European Film Academy and the Venice Film Festival congratulate:

Candidate of Venice Film Festival
UK/Portugal, fiction, 9 min


Anna, an agency worker, takes her dog for a morning walk before doing her shopping. Searching through the discounted items, Anna wanders through the supermarket trying to find the most affordable necessities. As her groceries edge towards the checkout, her agency calls—she has lost her shift. The film aims to capture the vulnerable condition of a temporary worker and to reveal the immediate consequences of the dangerously short and ever-present distance separating employment and poverty, security and tumult.

THE SHIFT was selected by the festival's Orrizonti jury consisting of Claire Denis (director/screenwriter/actress, France), Oskar Alegria (director, Spain), Francesca Comencini (director/screenwriter/author, Italy), Katriel Schory (producer, Israel) and Christine Vachon (producer, USA).

The film is now a candidate for a nomination in the category 'European Short Film' at the 33rd European Film Awards.

The EFA Short Film Programme is organised by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions in co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe. At each of these festivals, an independent jury presents one of the European short films in competition with a candidacy in the short film category of the European Film Awards.

When the annual cycle is completed, the participating festivals will nominate five short films from this list. Afterwards, the 3,800 EFA Members – film professionals from all over Europe – will vote for the overall winner that will be presented at the 33rd European Film Awards Ceremony in Reykjavik.

Berlin, 15 September 2020