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Short Film Face Off

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 17, 2023

Short Film Face Off is calling for submissions from filmmakers across Canada to be part of a national broadcast on CBC and CBC GEM.

Halifax-produced CBC and CBC GEM long-running series Short Film Face Off will be back in 4 x 1-hour episodes in September for its 16th season.

Our aim is to promote the careers of emerging Canadian filmmakers.

To further support our filmmakers, Telefilm Canada provides a $30,000 cash award to the top filmmaker as voted on by home audiences.

Submissions are free.

Films must be 12 minutes long or less and must be dramas or comedies. Applicants must be at least 19 years of age and Canadian citizens.

For more information and to apply visit

Hosting the show, again this year, is nationally acclaimed writer and broadcaster Amanda Parris. Returning panelists include, cultural commentator, Eli Glasner; content curator, Mohit Rajhans; and film industry specialist, Magali Simard.

To see previous seasons, visit

About Short Stop Pictures XVI / Idlewild Films Ltd.

Short Film Face Off is produced by Short Stop Pictures XVI, a division of Halifax-based, Idlewild Films Ltd in association with CBC. Idlewild was established by Bill Niven in 2001 to develop and produce critically and commercially oriented film and television programming for Canadian and international markets.