Caledon Public Library has been hosting our Young Reels Film Festival for 10 years and this year we are reintroducing our acclaimed film festival as an online Battle of The Reels contest with the goal of creating a more accessible contest. We are calling all students to get involved and submit their work! Contest is open to all students of high school age - (grades 9 - 12) and all it takes is your online submissions!

Battle of The Reels is accepting submissions from May 1st to December 1st, 2019.

Aspiring student directors and filmmakers are welcome to submit their original short film/s (under 10 minutes, using live action, cartoon, animation, claymation, drama, documentary or any other genre) for the opportunity to have their films showcased on Caledon Public Library's YouTube channel, as well as, to submit for a chance to win monetary prizes in one or more of the following categories: Best Direction, Best Special Effects, Best Public Service Message, Best Animation (NEW this year!), Critic’s Choice, and Audience Favourite. This is a chance for our community’s youth to make a statement, be heard, and tell a story using their voice.

Monetary prizes in the following categories: Best Direction, Best Special Effects, Best Public Service Message, Best Animation, Critic’s Choice, and Audience Favourite.

Important information follows on how to submit your film. Please read carefully.

a) General Criteria:
• CPL’s Battle of the Reels is open to young filmmakers of high school age, 9 – 12. All submissions must be accompanied by a completed submission form, which must be signed/approved by a parent or guardian.
• Submission forms are available on CPL’s website ( and by email request (
• Entrants must be residents of Ontario.
• Individual and group or school projects will be considered. (Adult participation is limited to a supervisory or actor role).
• Films must have been completed after September 1, 2018.
• Films submitted must be original and not be copied from others.
• Use original music, and not to include in your film any copyrighted film or television clips, or shots of branded products or company logos
• All participants appearing in your film must submit a completed consent form - those under the age of 18 must have parental/guardian consent to participate and appear.

b) Technical Requirements:
• Run time of the film must not exceed 10 minutes.
• Any film or video format may be used in production. Please note that the format in which you shot and edited your film may vary from those used for preview and theatrical presentation.

Submitting Online:
• All films are submitted via in MP4 format.

c) Deadline:
• All entries must be received no later than 4pm on December 1, 2019. Entries received after this time will not be considered.

• All participants’ short film(s) will be pre-screened for content and adherence to festival general criteria and will screened via Caledon Public Library's YouTube channel
• All participants receive Certificates of Participation.
• One monetary prize will be awarded to one individual or group in each category.

Battle of the Reels contact information:
Tel: 905-857-1400 ext. 231 OR 239
Email: OR

**CPL reserves the right to make final determinations regarding issues not currently addressed in this document.**

Overall Rating
  • Noah Gehman

    super helpful and friendly, great and communicative staff

    May 2018
  • Chavonne Johnson

    It was quite a film festival I had fun

    April 2018