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

FALL EDITION: September 27, 2021 - there will be no live screening of the 10 Best Film Finalists for the Fall Edition. Awards results will be posted throughout the week in this order:

September 22 - Quarantine and Poster Categories
September 23 - Ultra Short Category
September 24 - Super Short Category
September 25 - Short Category
September 26 - Long Short and Feature Categories
September 27 - Best Film of the Festival Finalists

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For the QUARANTINE CATEGORY of the FALL 2021 EDITION we are only looking for HORROR FILMS!

-Must be made during quarantine / lockdown/ social distancing / self-isolation times (from March 1, 2020 onward)
-Length must be between 1 and 15 minutes
-FREE ENTRY

The rest of our categories (Ultra Short, Super Short, Short, Long Short, Feature) continues to accept all genres

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

All genres accepted for the following categories:
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 10 BEST FILM FINALISTS FOR EACH QUARTER AT OUR QUARTERLY EVENT, BEGINNING WITH THE SPRING 2021 EDITION. All other Semi-Finalists (in many different categories) are in the running to win our IMDb-eligible awards.

******OUR PARTNER FESTIVALS******
Toronto Monthly Film Awards (new awards event, monthly editions)
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Couch Film Festival (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 2021 Editions:

10 Best Film of the Festival Finalists will be chosen per edition. EACH OF THE 10 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
-1st Runner Up for Best Film + 1 free entry waiver to future AltFF Editions
-2nd Runner Up for Best Film + 1 free entry waiver 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 10 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.

We only screen the 10 Best Film of the Festival Finalists for each edition; all other films marked Semi-Finalists/Nominees are eligible for IMDb-approved award - for the year 2020 and 2021 our live screenings are subject to proceed based on local (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) COVID-19 laws and restrictions. However, our awards list will always be posted on time - the event date for each edition.

AltFF accepts all genres in 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
Quarantine Category - requirements change with each edition please check before submitting.

NOTIFICATION STATUS:
***FINALIST - means your film has been chosen as 1 of the 10 Best Film of the Festival Finalists
***SEMI-FINALIST - means your film is in the running for an award or awards in your submitted category (Ultra Short, Super Short, Short, Long Short, Feature, Poster, Quarantine)

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  • Awesome festival ! Highly recommend everyone!!

    September 2021
  • Kenya Cagle

    ALTFF was on time, very responsive, and worth the submission fee. Thank you for accepting our film and allowing us to be part of your festival. It was an honor to have Killing Joanne chosen as a semi-finalist. I will bring more films to your festival.

    September 2021
  • Edson Carvalho

    My film being a semi-finalist of this prestigious Festival is a source of great pride! Thank you very much and congratulations on the wonderful event!

    February 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Edson!

  • Jamon Holmes

    I will submit again. Thank you for having my work apart your program.

    July 2021
  • Skyler Thomas

    Great festival! I was honored to have my short film "Eschaton" selected by the AltFF judges. I fully recommend them to any filmmaker looking for any professional festivals to submit to.

    July 2021