Now in its 7th amazing year, the Breakthroughs Film Festival is devoted exclusively to showcasing short films by emerging female directors. We show films in any and every genre made by talented artists from all over the world.

"Breakthroughs" refers to the struggles women artists continue to face in an industry where they must work even harder than their male counterparts to make their voices heard.

Breakthroughs Film Festival also features a panel discussion with the participating directors, giving the audience a chance to learn more about what these amazing women can do!

Breakthroughs Film Festival awards films in the following categories:

Jury Prize

Honourable Mention

New Generation Prize

Audience Award

Winners receive custom-designed festival laurels.

The Breakthroughs Film Festival accepts submissions from emerging female directors of any age, and will highlight the works of New Generation young directors (30 and under) with a special category award. The mandate of Breakthroughs exists to support the work of up-and-coming female filmmakers, which includes all female and women identified people of all ages.

For the purposes of our festival (as we only programme short films), we define "emerging" as any female director who has not made a feature-length film as of June 2018.

There are two options for your submission: General (for filmmakers of any age) and New Generation (for filmmakers 30 years old and under). Short films can be any genre and form (narrative, documentary, animated, experimental), but must be 20 minutes or less in length, including credits. All submissions will be viewed and considered on equal merit under these guidelines.

The film must have been completed after January 1, 2016 to be considered. Films in a language other than English must have English subtitles.

With respect to submission format, we ONLY accept online screeners and digital entries. Submissions of DVD's or any other physical format will not be accepted.

Thanks for submitting and we look forward to watching your films!