Submissions opening soon for our 2024 edition!

2023 WINNERS (Complete list on our website):

Audience Choice
Artist’s Alley by Jenna DeFacendis (Canada)

Best Film of the Festival
Interracial Couple In A Cheerios Ad by Christine Lakin (USA)

1st Runner Up for Best Film
Wicked Plans by Lee Chambers (Canada)

2nd Runner Up for Best Film
Stakeout Gone Wrong by Brian Drolet (USA)

3rd Runner Up for Best Film
Mrs. Ellroy by India-Inés Levy (UK)

Best Toronto Film
The Pest by Jungwoo Choi


Canadian Films - films made in Canada or by a Canadian filmmaker (writer, producer, director)
International Films - films made outside of Canada by non-Canadian filmmakers (writer, producer, director)


15-Second Story - any genre, 15 seconds in length


Show our jury panel what you can do in 300 seconds and under!

All films must have a FilmFreeway or Vimeo screener.

Couch Film Festival (IMDb-eligible awards)

Alternative Film Festival (IMDb-eligible awards)

Minute Madness Toronto (60-seconds films only!)

6ix Screams International Horror Film Festival (IMDb-eligible and horror films only!)

**The Winners of the following will receive Cash Prizes (in Canadian Dollars), PDF Certificates, Laurels and IMDb credits**

Best Film of the Festival ($100)
1st Runner Up for Best Film ($75)
2nd Runner Up for Best Film ($50)
3rd Runner Up for Best Film ($25)
Best Toronto Film ($50)

**The Winners of the following will Certificates, Laurels and IMDb credits**

Best Actress Canada
Best Actress International
Best Actor Canada
Best Actor International
Best Cast Canada
Best Cast International
Best Cinematography Canada
Best Cinematography International
Best Writer Canada
Best Writer International
Best Director Canada
Best Director International

Best Animation Canada
Best Animation International
Best Comedy Canada
Best Comedy International
Best Drama Canada
Best Drama International
Best Documentary Canada
Best Documentary International
Best Experimental Canada
Best Experimental International
Best Horror Canada
Best Horror International
Best Thriller Canada
Best Thriller International
Best 15-Second Story

Minimum length: 60 seconds (1 minute)
Maximum length: 300 seconds

All films must be in English or have English subtitles.

We accept any genre of film, music video, web series, documentary, etc as long as the maximum length (including credits) is 300 seconds.

No limit on submissions or production date.

All films must have a FilmFreeway or Vimeo screener. NO DVDs or other media that need to be physically mailed to us. ONLINE SUBMISSIONS ONLY!!!

We do not pay screening fees.
Filmmakers retain the rights to their films.
Filmmakers are responsible for acquiring copyrights, licenses and releases for media used in their films.
Filmmakers agree that we can show their film at our screening upon selection to the 300 Seconds Short Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Rocco Fazzari

    A fantastic festival to be selected, definitely submit again.

    September 2023
  • steve oldfield

    I love the concept of this festival and their execution was really great. Everyone was a delight to deal with - super organized and accommodating. I definitely will enter again! Thank you!

    August 2023
  • Zane ★

    Original and great festival for short short films. Honored to have been a part of it!

    August 2023
  • Kelli Caldwell

    Wonderful festival, great communication! So grateful to be included!

    August 2023
  • Mahogany Zachary

    Awesome festival! I am so honored to have the privilege to show my film here and I am so thankful to have been a winner.

    September 2022