To champion short filmmaking and strive to award quality shorts regardless of their budget. We want to ensure indie filmmakers have the opportunity for festival success and will award additional points to shorts produced on a micro budget or minimal crew.

Canada Shorts works hard to recognize quality filmmaking and we offer Awards to 100+ short films per season.

All films that receive an award will receive both an Official Selection laurel as well as an award laurel.

To see our 2016 Awards and placings, see:

To see our 2015 Awards and placings, see:

Awards & Prizes

We champion short filmmaking and strive to award quality shorts regardless of their budget:

• Best Short / Grand Prize
• Best Canadian Short
• Best International Short
• Best Drama
• Best Action/Adventure
• Best Comedy/Romcoms
• Best Crime/Suspense
• Best Family/Animated
• Best Thriller/Horror
• Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
• Best Documentary
• Best Experimental Film
• Best Director
• Best Writing
• Best Cinematography
• Best Music Score
• Official Finalists
• Awards of Excellence
• Awards of Distinction
• Awards of Commendation
• Awards of Merit
• Honorable Mentions

Rules & Terms

• We accept Canadian and International shorts.
• Maximum film length 30 minutes (we have no minimum length).
• Films in languages other than English will only be accepted with English subtitles.

To be eligible for entry in the Canadian Short category, your film must have been shot in Canada, OR the director or screenwriter must be Canadian.

If your short was not shot in Canada, or your director/writer are not Canadian then please enter it under our International Short category.

All submissions will be viewed in their entirety by at least three judges. Submissions will be judged and scored based on criteria including: quality of screenplay (story, dialogue, character arcs etc), acting, production quality, originality, technical proficiency, cinematography, sound design, editing, location/s used and set design. We support indie filmmaking and will award additional points to shorts produced on a micro budget and/or minimal crew.

Your selection and award classification will be posted on our website, and eventually our Archive section. Canada Shorts works hard to recognize quality filmmaking and tends to offer Awards to 100+ short films per season. That is considerably more than we could possibly screen. What we can and do screen are all 'Premier' Award winners including 'Best Of' winners.

Canada Shorts will screen all 'Premier Award' winners including 'Best Of' winners.

We may also screen some shorts outside these award placings that deeply impress our selection committee.

We would like to secure a venue in Toronto or Vancouver but theater fees in those cities are prohibitively high which is particularly difficult for Canada Shorts given our policy of keeping our submission fees as low as possible. Consequently be aware that we may screen outside Toronto or Vancouver.

The 2017 festival will screen in the the elegant Mary Oland Theatre of the New Brunswick Museum.

If your short is selected for exhibition we will inform you. We will also send you an exhibition file request email. You will need to provide an HD (1920 x 1080) exhibition file. We prefer MPEG4/H.264 or Apple ProRes 422 codec but any codec playable by VLC is acceptable. If you film has non-English dialogue please ensure you include English subtitles. The file should be sent to us as a downloadable link using MailBigFile (mailbigfile.com), WeTransfer (WeTransfer.com) or Dropbox (dropbox.com). A FilmFreeway link or Vimeo link with HD downloadable file is also acceptable. Files should be HD but not an excessive size. Between 600MB and 1GB is ideal. Larger is okay but please keep your file size below 2GB.

Canada Shorts is an environmentally aware and carbon neutral film festival. We do not send physical mail - please make certain the email address in your entry form is correct. Canada Shorts is not liable for emails delayed by spam filters, server rejections or outdated email addresses.

==> For our complete FAQ, Eligibility requirements, Rules & Terms please visit our website:

We work hard to keep our submission fees as low as possible (e.g. $10 early bird entry) – consequently we cannot provide fee waivers.

• The depiction of animal abuse whether real or implied is not acceptable and will lead to automatic disqualification and loss of entry fee.
• Canada Shorts has no festival premiere eligibility requirements. Shorts that have screened at other festivals are still eligible.
• Canada Shorts has no public or internet broadcast eligibility requirements. If your short has screened on Vimeo etc, it is still eligible.
• A separate entry fee is required for each submission.
• Changes to submitted films will only be accepted if accompanied by a new submission fee.
• The decision of the selection committee is final.
• All selected films may be excerpted (up to 30 seconds) for publicity and promotional purposes. Stills of selected films may also be shown on the Festival website and publicity/promo material including press releases, festival brochures and other materials.
• All entry fees are non-refundable.
• Entrants are responsible for securing all rights and permissions from copyright and other holders relating to their short.
• Canada Shorts reserves the right to update or modify these terms and policies without prior notice.

• After selection, notification letters will be sent electronically.
• Canada Shorts does not accept trailers or rough assemblies but will accept work-in-progress cuts (picture lock with temp sound, color, etc.). Please be aware Canada Shorts will not view multiple updates/versions of your film for programming consideration.

17 Reviews

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    Matthew Lucas

    Great fest and so proud to have been involved!

    October 2017
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    Ignacio Redondo

    Great festival. Good communication.
    Highly recommended!

    January 2017
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    Christian A. Morán

    Canada Shorts International Shorts Film Fest tries very hard to recognize all films and I love that.

    January 2017
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    Jason Seelmann

    We are excited and thrilled about the award and honour! A huge thank you to the festival as well as the cast and crew who put their heart into it.

    January 2017
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    Piet Sonck

    Brilliant & riveting Short Film Fest ! Excellent judgment for international small gems like NOLENS VOLENS, which incidentally won it's first international award. Thanks a million, Canada Shorts. ;-)

    December 2016