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

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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 awards.

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)

Overall Rating
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Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • 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!

  • If I could give it six stars, I'd do it without hesitating. One of my best experiences as an International Filmmaker. My Shortfilm
    was nominated for Best International Drama & awarded in the category of Best Actress. I really value the efforts of all the developers, everything was so professional and well organized.

    August 2022
  • Fantastic festival. Honored to have 'SURFACE' considered among so many great short films! Highly recommend submitting for this fest!

    July 2022
  • Doug Sroka

    I submitted my first short film "Chivalry Ain't Dead" and was nominated for an award in the Short Films category. I would recommend this festival, and will definitely be submitting in the future!

    July 2022
  • Sedat Benek


    I enjoyed the AltFF Alternative Film Festival. Thanks...

    July 2022