Shift Your World Film Festival

An enriching 4-day journey exploring the power of film to open our hearts and provoke positive change
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2022 AWARD WINNERS

Congratulations to the winners of our second annual Shift Your World Film Festival Awards!

We tallied all the votes... and here is who is receiving our 2022 honors.

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS

The films with the most votes as selected by you, our audience, are:

  • 1st place — The Seeds of Vandana Shiva (Directed by Jim and Camilla Becket)
  • 2nd place — Not Going Quietly (Directed by Nicholas Bruckman)

JURY AWARDS

Jury Statement:

The collection of films in this year’s festival was so strong. They were raw, timely, smart, and moving. Regardless of the story and ideas explored in each of the films, the underlying thread that we recognized was caring.

Choosing the jury award winners was a tough decision this year. The films that rose to the top through our process of deliberation are ones that bring some of the more critical issues and encouraging solutions of our times into focus. We offer our congratulations to all of the festival filmmakers for their commitment to shifting our world through transformational media:

  • 1st place — The Seeds of Vandana Shiva (Directed by Jim and Camilla Becket)
  • 2nd place — Us Kids (Directed by Kim A. Snyder)
  • Honorable Mention — The Story of Plastic (Directed by Deia Schlosberg)

CULTURE SHIFT LEGACY AWARDS

These awards honor feature-length and short films more than 10 years old that have achieved legendary status in advancing humanity’s evolutionary conversation.

  • Feature — What About Me? (1 Giant Leap 2) (Directed by Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman)
  • Short — Let’s Pollute (Directed by Geefwee Boedoe)

HIGHER GROUND AWARD

Awarded to a film that has shed new light on the exploration of higher states of awareness through psychedelics.

  • Feature — The Wisdom of Trauma (Directed by Maurizio and Zaya Benazzo)

SHIFT YOUR WORLD FILM FESTIVAL HALL OF FAME

This year's award winners join the illustrious ranks of past Shift Your World Film Festival Award winners:

Audience Choice

  • 2021 Feature 1st place — River of Gold (Directed by Sarah DuPont and Ruben Aaronson)
  • 2021 Feature 2nd place — Artifishal (Directed by Josh Murphy)

Jury Award

  • 2021 Feature 1st place — Kiss the Ground (Directed by Josh and Rebecca Tickell)
  • 2021 Feature 2nd place — We are the Radical Monarchs (Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton)

Culture Shift Legacy Awards

  • 2021 Feature — Baraka (Directed by Ron Fricke)
  • 2021 Short — The Story of Stuff (Directed by Louis Fox)

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2022 SHIFT YOUR WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

17 feature-length films, world premieres, a collection of powerful shorts, sneak previews, conversations with filmmakers, special screening events & more!

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PANELS AND CONVERSATIONS

Intimate discussions with the filmmakers, producers, and special guests including:

Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges
Kamea Chayne
Kamea Chayne
Dream Mullick
Dream Mullick
Doug Abrams
Doug Abrams
Yvette Arellano
Yvette Arellano
Kenny Ausubel
Kenny Ausubel
Debbie Barker
Debbie Barker
Camilla Becket
Camilla Becket
Jim Becket
Jim Becket
Michael B. Beckwith
Michael B. Beckwith
Maurizio Benazzo
Maurizio Benazzo
Zaya Benazzo
Zaya Benazzo
Christina Vircillo Bresson
Christina Vircillo Bresson
Duncan Bridgeman
Duncan Bridgeman
Nicholas Bruckman
Nicholas Bruckman
Peggy Callahan
Peggy Callahan
Elaine Carter
Elaine Carter
Jamie Catto
Jamie Catto
Dianna Cohen
Dianna Cohen
Kat Conour, LMFT
Kat Conour, LMFT
Luc Côté
Luc Côté
Gay Dillingham
Gay Dillingham
Karina Duffy
Karina Duffy
Elissa Epel, PhD
Elissa Epel, PhD
Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone
Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone
Samantha Fuentes
Samantha Fuentes
Jonathan Granoff
Jonathan Granoff
Dean Hamer
Dean Hamer
Dr. Shamini Jain
Dr. Shamini Jain
Julia Kim
Julia Kim
Alex King
Alex King
Larry Kopald
Larry Kopald
Anoop Kumar, MD
Anoop Kumar, MD
Dr. Beatriz C. Labate
Dr. Beatriz C. Labate
Bruce H. Lipton, PhD
Bruce H. Lipton, PhD
Rev. Dr. Aliah MaJon
Rev. Dr. Aliah MaJon
Nick Mattos
Nick Mattos
Rollin McCraty, PhD
Rollin McCraty, PhD
Dr. Mark Mincolla
Dr. Mark Mincolla
Pat Murphy
Pat Murphy
Anya Oleksiuk
Anya Oleksiuk
Tommy Rosen
Tommy Rosen
Mary Sanders
Mary Sanders
Frauke Sandig & Eric Black
Frauke Sandig & Eric Black
Deia Schlosberg
Deia Schlosberg
Louie Schwartzberg
Louie Schwartzberg
Dr. Vandana Shiva
Dr. Vandana Shiva
Kim A. Snyder
Kim A. Snyder
Atossa Soltani
Atossa Soltani
Mareesa Stertz
Mareesa Stertz
Richard Tarnas
Richard Tarnas
Yeye Luisah Teish
Yeye Luisah Teish
Hannah Testa
Hannah Testa
Jasmine Virdi
Jasmine Virdi
Renee Vogelsang
Renee Vogelsang
Joe Wilson
Joe Wilson

About the Shift Your World Film Festival

The Shift Your World Film Festival is the seminal online film event hosted by The Shift Network. This groundbreaking festival is rooted in the understanding that the most powerful world-changing movies are ones that leave us better, wiser, and more engaged humans by the end of the experience. They engender insights and awareness that reach deep into our souls, calling us to remember who we are and why we are here.

The most powerful stories awaken our curiosity and imagination. They show us the possibility of a thriving future. Through film, we can truly envision a brighter, more meaningful tomorrow.

Humans are born storytellers, and the Shift Your World Film Festival is designed to offer an opportunity for showcasing compelling stories that blend inspiration, possibility, and true activism — while touching our hearts and souls.

The event is completely FREE and features digital film premieres and beloved classics from around the globe. You’re invited to engage in unique online experiences inspired by in-person film festivals — including panel discussions with filmmakers and audience participation in voting for awards.

When you upgrade to our VIP all-access pass, you’ll unlock one-of-a-kind virtual experiences, 14 days of extended access to festival films and panels, plus bonus films, and Psychedelic Sunday, a full day of mind-expanding programming dedicated to the emerging psychedelic renaissance.

Join us for this unique online experience of filmgoers, filmmakers, and storytellers to reinvigorate your hopeful spirit and work toward global change — together.

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AWARDS | JURORS | ADVISORS

The Shift Your World Film Festival recognizes and honors outstanding cinematic achievement in four categories:

Audience Choice Award: Films selected by you, our audience, for 1st and 2nd prize awards — cast your vote for your favorite feature-length film LIVE during the festival

Jury Award: Feature-length films selected by our esteemed jury panel for 1st and 2nd prize awards

Culture Shift Award: Feature-length and short films over 10 years old that have achieved legendary status in advancing humanity’s evolutionary conversation

Higher Ground Award: Films that shed new light on the exploration of higher states of awareness through psychedelics

The Shift Your World Film Festival could not exist without our venerable team of advisors, jury, and directors

Mei Ann Teo
Mei Ann Teo
Sheila Laffey, PhD
Sheila Laffey, PhD
Michael Gosney
Michael Gosney
Lynnaea Lumbard, PhD
Lynnaea Lumbard, PhD
Gary Tomchuk
Gary Tomchuk
Julie Bergman
Julie Bergman
Joy Donnell
Joy Donnell
William Gazecki
William Gazecki
Barnet Bain
Barnet Bain
Gbenga Akinnagbe
Gbenga Akinnagbe
Corinne Bourdeau
Corinne Bourdeau

Film Festival Co-Directors

Tana David
Téana David
Kit Thomas
Kit Thomas

Special Event Presentation

Limited audience, unlimited impact — an early look at this heart-opening film in advance of its wide release

Mission: Joy — FINDING HAPPINESS IN TROUBLED TIMES

Directed by Louis Psihoyos, Co-Directed by Peggy Callahan

Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, Mission: JOY invites us into the unlikely friendship of two icons who transcend religion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu. In their final joint mission, these self-described mischievous brothers give a masterclass in how to create joy in a world that was never easy for them. 

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*Special North America preview

FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVES

These one-time presentations give a first taste of films that define transformational media

Changing of the Gods

Directed by Kenny Ausubel & Louie Schwartzberg

World Premiere Preview! Changing of the Gods is a 10-part documentary series that uses the lens of archetypal astrology to paint a sweeping journey across historical cycles of revolution and world-changing transformations that deliver us into “the fierce urgency of now.” 

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*Episodes 1 and 10

Us Kids

Directed by Kim A. Snyder

Sparked by the plague of gun violence ravaging their schools, Us Kids chronicles the March For Our Lives movement over the course of several years, following a group of teenage activists as they pull off the largest youth protest in American history and set out to build an inclusive youth movement.

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Film Trailers

Shift Your World's mindfully curated films and poignant post-screening discussions will offer a portal to new possibilities in the realms of personal, societal, and planetary wellbeing.

These short and feature-length films from around the globe reflect humanity’s most inspiring cinematic storytelling in five categories: Healing & Wellness, Sustainability & Regenerative Living, Peace & Social Justice, Spirituality & Mysticism, and The Psychedelic Renaissance.

Each film has been selected for its ability to illuminate the present and call our collective future into focus.

Healing & Wellness

Joe Buffalo

Directed by Amar Chebib

Joe Buffalo is a short film that tells the story of an Indigenous skateboard legend and Indian residential school survivor in Canada who must face his inner demons to realize his dream of turning pro.

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The Way of Miracles

Directed by Christina Vircillo Bresson

Blending lessons from traditional western medicine and ancient holistic systems, The Way of Miracles follows the work of holistic practitioner Dr. Mark Mincolla and features interviews with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Bruce Lipton, and Dr. Shamini Jain. The film explores how the energetic properties of food, thought, and emotion affect immunity and the body’s innate ability to heal.

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Sustainability & Regenerative Living

Amazonia 2041

Directed by Sofia Acosta-Varea and Juan Diego Monsalve

Set in the year 2041 and narrated by two young Indigenous women, Amazonia 2041 is a short film that takes an insightful look back at how an Indigenous-led movement succeeded in permanently protecting the Amazon Sacred Headwaters region. 

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Let’s Pollute

Directed by Geefwee Boedoe

Academy Award-nominated short film, Let’s Pollute, is our 2022 Culture Shift Award Winner in the short film category. A modern satire on how pollution is our heritage and keeps our economy growing strong, it instructs us on how to be better polluters for a better, blighted tomorrow.

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The Seeds of Vandana Shiva

Directed by Jim and Camilla Becket

With a focus on the people, circumstances, and seminal events that shaped Vandana’s thinking and defined her purpose, The Seeds of Vandana Shiva reveals how the battle against multinational agribusiness has become a global struggle between two distinct visions for feeding the world.

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The Story of Plastic

Directed by Deia Schlosberg

A searing exposé revealing the ugly truth behind plastic pollution, The Story of Plastic presents a cohesive timeline of how we got to our current global crisis. The film depicts how the oil and gas industry has successfully manipulated the narrative around plastic, and highlights some of the strong global resistance fighting back. 

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Peace & Social Justice

Not Going Quietly

Directed by Nicholas Bruckman

Diagnosed with ALS at the age of 32 and fearing rising healthcare costs in light of proposed tax reform, Not Going Quietly follows Ady Barker and his supporters as he heads for Washington to lead a group voicing its concerns about the future of healthcare in the United States.

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The Revolution Generation

Directed by Josh and Rebecca Tickell

With narration by actor and activist Michelle Rodriguez, The Revolution Generation shows how young people can mobilize their strengths to revolutionize the system as they confront both the US political crisis and the global environmental crisis.

Spirituality & Mysticism

Becoming Nobody

Directed by Jamie Catto

Through his turns as scion of an eminent Jewish family from Boston, rock-star Harvard psychologist, counter-culture rascally adventurer, Eastern holy man, stroke survivor, and compassionate caregiver, Ram Dass is revealed in Becoming Nobody — along with his multiple, complex roles. 

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Tahi: The Human Journey

Directed by Karina J. Duffy

Filmmaker Karina Duffy left her high-flying Hollywood career to explore how we are all connected on this planet. Traveling to some of the most remote and diverse places on earth, Tahi captures the full spectrum of the human condition through intimate stories, ceremonies, and traditions.

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PSYCHEDELIC SUNDAY

Showcasing the leading-edge of the modern psychedelic renaissance, Psychedelic Sunday presents media, discussions, and insights on the power and promise of consciousness-expansion — a VIP-only experience not to be missed

Ayahuasca on a Global Stage

Directed by Mareesa Stertz

In the short film, Ayahuasca on a Global Stage, Indigenous Ayahuasca Spiritual practices are honored at The Parliament of World Religions, a gathering of 10,000 people of 200 faiths. 

Aware: Glimpses of Consciousness

Directed by Eric Black and Frauke Sandig

Aware follows six brilliant researchers approaching the greatest of all mysteries from radically different perspectives: through high-tech brain research and Eastern meditation, by scientifically exploring inner space through psychedelic substances, and by investigating the consciousness of plants. 

*Not available in Germany or in VIP extended access

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Dying To Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary

Directed by Gay Dillingham

An intimate portrait celebrating two complex characters in an epic friendship that shaped a generation, Dying to Know takes us back to the early 1960s, when Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics.

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From Shock To Awe

Directed by Luc Côté

A raw and intimate look at the transformational journey of three combat veterans suffering from severe trauma, From Shock to Awe chronicles their lives as they abandon pharmaceuticals to seek relief through the mind-expanding world of psychedelics.

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Psychedelia

Directed by Pat Murphy

Featuring leading experts in the field of psychedelic research, Psychedelia tells the story of medical professionals who have legally re-introduced psychedelics into their practices. First-hand accounts from an end-of-life anxiety study show the potential of these substances to aid us individually and shift society at large.

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The Psychedelic Renaissance: Sneak Peek

Directed by Anya Oleksiuk

This excerpt from a feature-length documentary currently in production chronicles the worldwide re-emergence of psychedelic research and the crucial role these substances play in human culture, from prehistoric times to today. 

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The Wisdom of Trauma

Directed by Maurizio and Zaya Benazzo

The recipient of our 2022 Higher Ground Award, The Wisdom of Trauma follows Dr. Gabor Maté as he gives us new insight about the root causes of many destructive behaviors that hinder our ability to live fulfilled lives. His leadership in the field of understanding trauma opens new pathways for personal and societal transformation. 

*Not available in VIP extended access 

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Plus, panel discussions with filmmakers and leading experts in the realm of psychedelics.

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VIP-Only Bonus Content

Shift your world to the next level — broaden your festival experience with additional films, in-depth conversations, and powerful opportunities to connect.

1 Giant Leap: 20th Anniversary Edition

Directed by Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman

When creating 1 Giant Leap, Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman traveled for seven months through all five continents with a mission to gather insights on universal themes of life from the most illuminating people they could find. Along the way, they filmed their process of creating exquisite multi-layered music with village musicians and top recording artists from around the world.

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Kapaemahu

Directed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Joe Wilson, Dean Hamer

Kapaemahu is an animated Academy Award-nominated short film that introduces us to four extraordinary beings of dual male and female spirit who brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. They imbued their powers in four giant boulders that still stand on Waikiki Beach today.

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INSEPARABLE FROM THE SUNLIGHT: DAVID CROW ON THE SPIRIT OF PLANT MEDICINE

DIRECTED BY ELAINE CARTER

Inseparable from the Sunlight: David Crow on the Spirit of Plant Medicine is a poignant and intimate look at how to perceive and experience the entire natural world as a garden of medicine. World-renowned plant medicine pioneer, David Crow, invites us into his personal journey toward illuminated herbalism and spiritual awakening. He shares the ancient wisdom he learned from his teachers regarding the center of our mandalic health, what it means to live in alignment with nature, and how all humans, as a part of life, are inseparable from the Earth and the cosmos.

Plus, bonus content including an interview with the directors of Kapaemahu

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The views and opinions expressed in Shift Your World festival films, panels, and presentations do not necessarily reflect those of The Shift Network Inc.

What People Are Saying About the Shift Your World Film Festival...

What an amazing number of relevant, fascinating, and well-done films for our time!

— Trudy Sanders, South Pasadena, California

I am so heartened to see the practical presentation of our ability to make the shift. I give a standing ovation to this generation’s attitude and fortitude in shifting the devastation my generation thoughtlessly created through our blind ecstasy.

— Blanche Black, Jordan River, Canada

Shift Your World Film Festival was an inspirational film festival discussing issues that truly matter… and free! Everyone can gain knowledge on issues presented in an easy-access format with thought-provoking discussions.

— Kelly Lyon, Boca Raton, Florida

I really looked forward to watching everything and was impressed with the content, quality of the films, and most of all the messages that you are putting out there as we go through an awakening; this is the approach that is so desperately needed in this rapidly changing world. Bravo. Keeping it real.

— Monica, United Kingdom

The Shift Your World Film Festival was absolutely fantastic! It was very inspirational and motivational. During this challenging time, we all have to deal with so much negativity, anxiety, loneliness, etc. The festival provided a sense of community and gathering of people with the same values and goals. I’m sure it boosted the spirits of all attendees. The content was highly curated and it gave me hope for the future. It also showed that there is still hope for humanity. The cherry on the top was that the whole festival was fully free. Thank you so much to The Shift Network and to all organizers!

— Lucia, Canada

Because of the information in the various films, I have made decisions to incorporate some of this into my own personal behaviors and lifestyles and to also recommend them to my clients in my practice.

— Debbie Byrd

The Shift Your World Film Festival offered material that was enlightening and thought-provoking. It touched on issues that need attention… issues that require us as humans on this planet to see and understand and become involved… to help bring into focus so as to educate and encourage change in our communities and on our planet. I’m excited to see this happen again next year.

Barbara Smith, Tottenham, Canada

The Shift Your World Film Festival is exactly what we need in these crazy times. Sharing stories that enlighten and heal the mind, body, and spirit is so needed.

— Dei, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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About The Shift Network

We are a socially conscious organization which, since our founding in 2010, has served over 3,200,000 people in 170 countries in domains such as spirituality, holistic health, sound healing, Indigenous wisdom, peace, psychology, enlightened business, and sustainability.

Our focus to date has been on interactive, virtual courses, global online summits and festivals, plus live seminars and retreats — all centered in empowering a shift to a more sacred way of living.

We empower and support a global network of people who are creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that leads to a more enlightened society built on principles of health, peace, prosperity, and sustainability.

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