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

Winter Edition: December 28, 2020 - Live screening subject to local (Toronto) COVID gathering restrictions - if prohibited then we will have the online awards only.

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NEW RULES FOR QUARANTINE CATEGORY - WINTER 2020
-For the WINTER EDITION we are only looking for SCI-FI/FANTASY QUARANTINE FILMS!
-Must be made during quarantine / social distancing / self-isolation times (from March 1, 2020 onward)
-Length must be between 5 and 15 minutes
-FREE ENTRY

Please respect these rules and also your local social distancing rules as we strive to beat this pandemic together!

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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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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
  • Mihnea Cernat

    Awesome Film Festival! I would love to participate again soon.

    October 2020
  • Aaron Rothermund

    We premiered, “The First Step” at the AltFF Alternative Film Festival, and it was one of the best experiences of my career. We were honoured to be a semi-finalist, nominated for a cinematography award and winning a best actor award. Thank you very much!

    October 2020
  • HILDA DANIEL

    Such a lovely experience - thank you! Very generous spirit toward the artists/filmmakers. Positive all around - appreciated.

    October 2020
  • Massimiliano Nocco

    Festival ben organizzato , molto professionale.

    October 2020
  • Enjoyable festival! Glad I submitted - hope to submit again.

    October 2020