Call for Submissions

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Call for Submissions

The Edmonton Short Film Festival (ESFF) is dedicated to the elevation of independent short film. We are accepting films for the 2020 ESFF and have contingency plans to provide a great celebration even if COVID-19 is still a concern in October. The wonderful thing about being a small festival is that we are very nimble!

Call Opens May 1, 2020.
Early Bird Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020
Final Deadline: August 15, 2020

For more information or to submit online, visit

Have nothing new to submit? We accept all short films over the decades—as long as it has not been screened at ESFF before.

The ESFF gala event showcases Alberta filmmakers and our long shorts program screens both Alberta and beyond short films.

  • The Alberta gala is for films to a maximum of 15 minutes.
  • The long shorts is for films to a maximum of 60 minutes.
  • 360/virtual reality films also accepted.
  • Alberta Filmmakers: The Edmonton Short Film Festival partners with other cultural events to showcase Alberta short films—apply using the Alberta bonus selection.
  • New Category: Films that address social concerns and injustices may be submitted to the Justice4Reel category.
  • All submissions include registration for a free filmmaker workshop ($75 value).

Awards & Prizes:

  • All films screened will receive a screening fee: gala, long shorts, and community screenings.
  • Awards will be presented in genre categories.
  • People’s Choice Cash Award voted by the audience ($250).
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