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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS!

The Summer Edition 2020 of AltFF will be an online-only event due to COVID-19 restrictions still in place in Toronto, Canada.

In an effort to encourage creativity in these Quarantine Times for those of us stuck at home, we are adding a new free entry category to the Summer 2020 edition of AltFF:

Quarantine Category
-Must be made during quarantine / social distancing / self-isolation times (from March 1, 2020 onward)
-Length must be between 4 and 5 minutes
-Only 1-2 actors
-Must be filmed in one’s house / apartment / backyard
-FREE ENTRY

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

NEXT EDITION: SUMMER 2020. Event to be held on July 6, 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.

******OUR PARTNER FESTIVALS******
Continental Film Festival (IMDb-eligible awards) [use code ALTFFxCFFSpring20 for 30% off entry - good until May 17, 2020]
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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!)
FilmFreeway.com/300SecSFF

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

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Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Kristina Thomas

    It was a great film festival to be in and finally be recognized by IMDb. Also I loved how they took time to spotlight each film that participated. Some fests don't even do that. Hope to participate again in the future.

    April 2020
  • The staff is phenomenal! Definitely recommend

    April 2020
  • PORCELAIN BOMB

    Thanks for the "Best 1-Minute Short Experimental Short" award! I will submit in the future and other experimenters should, too.

    April 2020
  • Xueqing Yin

    Great Experience, thank you for everything!

    April 2020
  • ian johnston

    But we couldn't meet physically so that isn't good...no one's fault...

    April 2020