The AGH Film Festival has been Hamilton's largest showcase of cinema and has grown to become one of the largest film festivals in Ontario. The festival's mandate is to present critical and innovative cinema to our community and provide a high profile platform to emerging voices, social issues and communities. It is also our mandate to support artists by paying minimum IMAA screening fees to all films that screen as part of our festival.

PLEASE NOTE: In 2022, the Art Gallery of Hamilton will be taking a big step in the evolution of our fall Festival, with the goal of intensifying the regional and multi-disciplinary connections which have made past Festivals so resonant. The Festival will expand its focus beyond film to include cultural practices such as visual art, performance, craft, and other creative genres. In Hamilton’s culturally distinct presentation spaces and within the AGH, the Festival will stage concerts, films, parties, pop-ups and workshops which will build unforgettable connective experiences and echo the integral exhibitions and collection items on display in the Gallery.

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All films selected will be paid screening fees based on IMAA standards.

All submissions will be viewed (feedback not available) and all films selected will be paid screening fees based on IMAA standards.

Successful applicants to the 2021 Film Festival will be notified in September of 2021.

Overall Rating
  • It was truly an honour to be a part of the AGH Film Fest. The whole festival was run incredibly well and did Hamilton proud. I'm already excited to submit for next year!

    November 2021
  • Thank you for th chance of presenting our works

    October 2021
  • Excellent communication and very organized. Held festival screenings in very nice venues around Hamilton.

    October 2021
  • Wonderful festival, the management is really kind and well prepared!

    November 2020
  • We are honoured to have had Healing the Nation screen at the AGH Film Festival. You truly see their team's passion for sharing meaningful, inclusive content, as well as their attention and care for each film selected, despite restrictions due to COVID-19. It was an absolute pleasure to communicate with their team and to screen with AGHFF. We will definitely be submitting our future documentaries to this festival.

    November 2020