This exciting regional competition is open to all students registered in high schools within Central Ontario, Canada (includes Barrie, Bracebridge, Collingwood, Orillia, Oshawa, Toronto/GTA). This regional festival is hosted and organized by the Barrie Film Festival and is an affiliated film festival with the Ontario Youth Film Festival (OYFF). Together we work to celebrate, inspire and nurture the development of young aspiring filmmakers in Ontario, Canada.

This is a qualifying festival for the OYFF.

• Narrative
• Documentary
• Animation
• Experimental
• Music Video

$300 will be awarded to the Winner in each category.

• All entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway.
• Works in progress are not accepted.
• Films must be completed after January 1, 2021.
• To qualify for submission the Director and all team members must be registered in a high school in Central Ontario at the time of submission.
• We accept and celebrate the diversity of our country and encourage submissions in English, French, newcomer, and/or Indigenous languages.
• The decision of the Judges and Selection Committee is final.

Terms and Conditions:

By submitting to the festival, you agree to allow your film (or other artistic work) to be screened by the festival during the festival duration, for which you are submitting, at no charge to the festival. If there are to be any additional screenings, we will come to a mutual agreement between the filmmaker and the festival.

All films selected by the festival will be asked to provide promotional materials, but we ask that no promotional materials be sent until selected and notified.

By submitting to the festival you are admitting copyright ownership of everything submitted and by submitting a work for consideration (a Work), entrant hereby grants the festival the following non-exclusive, irrevocable rights to use and display the names, voices, photographs, likenesses, and biographies of the entrant and the Work's director and producer for advertising, publicizing, and promoting the Works in any media.

You understand and acknowledge that, if you are under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must agree to the terms of the Filmmaker/Guardian Release on your behalf.

The festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission at any time if there is any question of ownership, copyright infringement, or any sign of disrespect (in any form of media) to the festival or its representatives. The COYSFF and Barrie Film Festival will not be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared materials in your film. (e.g. copyrighted music used without permission.)

Submitters may be subscribed to the Ontario Youth Film Festival newsletter of which they may opt out at any time.

Films that are posted publicly on YouTube or other public video sites cannot be screened in competition at our festival. We ask that films submitted not screen publicly in Ontario between August 15 and November 15 outside of the COYSFF, Barrie Film Festival, and OYSFF, and that they not be posted publicly online during that time.

Films that are official selections are not permitted to withdraw from the festival after August 30. COYSFF and the Barrie Film Festival reserves the right to update or modify these terms and policies without prior notice.

We ask that entrants NOT USE SCHOOL EMAIL ACCOUNTS when submitting their Works. (Most communications with official selections occur during the summer period.)