***WE ONLY SCREEN THE 10 BEST FILM of the FESTIVAL FINALISTS FOR EACH EDITION! PLEASE READ FULL RULES & TERMS BELOW***

2022 SUMMER EDITION:

JUNE 22 - online awards results announcement for the Poster Category
JUNE 23 - online awards results announcement for the Ultra Short Category
JUNE 24 - online awards results announcement for the Super Short Category
JUNE 25- online awards results announcement for the Short Category
JUNE 26 - online awards results announcement for the Long Short and Feature Categories
JUNE 27 - live in-person screening of the 10 Best Film of the Festival Finalists and online awards announcement of the Best of the Festival winners

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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 SCREEN THE 10 BEST FILM FINALISTS FOR EACH QUARTER AT OUR QUARTERLY EVENT. All other Semi-Finalists (*these will be known as Nominees beginning with our Spring 2022 Edition) are in the running to win our IMDb-eligible awards.

******OUR PARTNER FESTIVALS******

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 2022 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 *if the live screening is cancelled due to COVID restrictions then there is no Audience Choice Award*

Examples of our IMDb-eligible awards for Semi-Finalists (*these will be known as Nominees beginning with our Spring 2022 Edition):

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 Nominees are eligible for IMDb-approved award - for the year 2020, 2021 and 2022 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

NOTIFICATION STATUS:
***FINALIST - means your film has been chosen as 1 of the 10 Best Film of the Festival Finalists
***NOMINEES - 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)

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  • Marta Torres

    Thanks for selecting my first independent short movie! And also for the easy and fast communication about some details!

    April 2022
  • 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!

  • Helia Behrooz

    Thank You for selecting our shorts "A Morsel of Love" & "Afloat" to be showcased at your festival. Looking forward to participating in the coming years.

    April 2022
  • Steve Blanton

    We are happy to have been part of this festival. We were accepted into competition and will definately submit future projects to them.

    April 2022
  • Ewa Maria Wolska

    Thank you so much for having my animation and for the nomination:) great communication and lovely festival. Merci!

    April 2022