***PLEASE READ TERMS CAREFULLY BEFORE DECIDING TO SUBMIT***

NEXT EDITION: SPRING 2020. Event to be held on March 23, 2020 at the 401 Richmond Building, Suite 303, Toronto, Canada.

See website https://www.altff.org for up-to-date info.

Feature Films (45 minutes and over)
Long Short Films (20 to 45 minutes)
Short Films (5 to 20 minutes)
Super Short Films (1 to 5 minutes)
Ultra Short Films (15 to 60 seconds) - *This category is NOT eligible for the Best Film of the Festival Award. However, submissions remain eligible for IMDb Awards*

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All previous nominees and winners are posted at http://www.altff.org

al·ter·na·tive
ôlˈtərnədiv/
adjective

1. (of one or more things) available as another possibility.

The Alternative Film Festival is a quarterly event that is committed to bringing filmmakers of all levels - even beginners - a chance at taking home a festival award. We are an IMDb eligible festival meaning filmmakers will be able to post their nominations and wins on their IMDb profiles.

WE NOW SCREEN THE 8 BEST FILM FINALISTS FOR EACH QUARTER AT OUR QUARTERLY EVENT, BEGINNING WITH THE FALL 2019 EDITION. All other Semi-Finalists (in many different categories) are in the running to win our IMDb-eligible awards.

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Couch Film Festival (IMDb-eligible awards) [use code ALTxCOUCHSpring20 for 50% off entry - good until March 22, 2020]
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Minute Madness Toronto (60-seconds films only!)
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6ix Screams International Horror Film Festival (IMDb-eligible + horror films only!)
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300 Seconds Short Film Festival (IMDb-eligible and 5 minutes and under only!)
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For our 2020 Editions:

8 Best Film of the Festival Finalists will be chosen per edition. EACH OF THE 8 IS GUARANTEED TO WIN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING IMDb-eligible AWARDS and ALTFF WAIVERS:

-Best Film of the Festival + 2 free entry waivers to future AltFF Editions
-Best Director of the Festival + 1 free entry waiver to future AltFF Editions
-Best Writer of the Festival + 1 free entry waiver to future AltFF Editions
-Best Actress of the Festival + 1 free entry waiver to future AltFF Editions
-Best Actor of the Festival + 1 free entry waiver to future AltFF Editions
-Best Cast of the Festival + 1 free entry waiver to future AltFF Editions
-Best Cinematography of the Festival + 1 free entry waiver to future AltFF Editions
-Best Editing of the Festival + 1 free entry waiver to future AltFF Editions

One of the 8 will also win AUDIENCE CHOICE (+ 1 free entry waiver to future AltFF Editions) as voted for by our event audience.

Examples of our IMDb-eligible awards for Semi-Finalists:

BEST DRAMA
BEST COMEDY
BEST ANIMATION
BEST EXPERIMENTAL
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST HORROR
BEST SCI-FI
BEST ACTOR
BEST ACTRESS
BEST CAST
BEST WRITER
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST MUSIC

BEST POSTER - photography contest

Printable PDF certificates as well as the winners' laurels will be emailed to award winners the day following our event.

AltFF accepts narrative, documentary, animation and experimental films.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
All films must be in English or have English subtitles.
No limit on number of submissions or production date.
All films must have an online screener.
Filmmakers retain the rights to their films.
Filmmakers are responsible for acquiring copyrights, licenses and releases for media used in their films.
Judges' decisions are final.

Submission categories are as follows:

Feature Films (45 minutes and over)
Long Short Films (20 to 45 minutes)
Short Films (5 to 20 minutes)
Super Short Films (1 to 5 minutes)
Ultra Short Films (15 to 59 seconds) - *This category is NOT eligible for the Best Film of the Festival Award. However, submissions remains eligible for IMDb Awards*
Posters

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Daniela Giordano Castorina

    Very happy and honored for Official Selection and Best Cast nomination for my short film "Whose is the land?" CONGRATULATIONS

    January 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Daniela!

  • Fadi Ragheb

    Nice festival thanks for choose my film

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Fadi!

  • I liked and this festival was great.

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Muhammed!

  • Machiel van den Heuvel

    Great festival!
    Thank you for selecting my film!

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Machiel!

  • I was very happy with The Alternative Film Festival and really appreciated their acknowledgement for our short film, Happenstance, with an award for Best First-Time Filmmaker for Winter 2019! Our team unfortunately was unable to attend in person, but the communication between the festival was quick, clear and very polite. I'd absolutely recommend this festival to other filmmakers :)

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Emily!