The Concordia Film Festival (CFF) is a student-run, non-profit festival that runs in collaboration with Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (MHSoC) at Concordia University. Through screenings and events, we are able to display the works produced by the diverse range of filmmakers at MHSoC, and invited works from filmmakers around the globe. The MHSoC stands as the largest university-based centre for the study of film in Canada, with a body of works that are also screened to great acclaim at festivals around the world.

In addition to the programming of films from Concordia Cinema students, the CFF is proud to present two screening events, "Open Competition" a section during the festival open to all cinema, communications and media students at a post-secondary institution who have completed a film within the past year, while in school.

The other screening event, "Visions" is a section during the festival which is open to all cinema, communications and media students of colour, queer students, or queer students of colour at a post-secondary institution who have completed a film within the past year, while in school.

Best Short Film - Open Competition
Best Short Film - Visions

Please note that there is now a 5$ late-submission fee.

Please only submit your film to Open Competition OR Visions.

The selected works would be chosen from outside of core film classes at Concordia’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, though if you are a student at Concordia and have made a film independently, you are welcome to submit!

For Open Competition, we are accepting of all genres, from documentary to experimental. The requirements are as follows;

- Films must be made by a student at a Post-Secondary institution, in a film or media program.
- Films must be made be between Jan 2018 - present
- Films may not be longer than 12min.
-You directed the film yourself and the key roles were filled by students rather than professionals
- All films not made in English must be subtitled in English

For Visions, we are accepting of all genres, from documentary to experimental made only by student filmmakers of colour, queer student filmmakers or queer student filmmakers of colour. The requirements are as follows:

-The film must fit with the theme described above: The theme of this screening is UNKNOWNS: exploring, fearing, questioning, discovering, navigating the uncertain and the new.
-At the time the film was made you were enrolled in an educational institution (University, CEGEP, College).
-The film was made between January 2018 - present
-You directed the film yourself and the key roles were filled by students rather than professionals
-The film does not exceed 12:00 minutes in length.
-All Genres accepted: experimental, documentary, comedy, etc.
-All techniques are accepted: Animation, Live-action films and mixes of the two, as long as it’s a film.

When submitting, be sure to indicate what role you had in the production, indicate whether or not students filled your other key production roles (i.e. cinematographer or editor), give a brief synopsis of the film and, your contact information.

*Students who are enrolled at Concordia, in a film program, have the opportunity to submit films they worked on outside of core filmmaking classes*, provided the films fit the application criteria.

*core filmmaking class refers to Filmmaking I, II & III and Animation I, II & III.

One submission per filmmaker is accepted.

GENERAL FAQ’s for Open Competition

Q: What is an ‘Open Competition’ screening?
A: The Open Competition screening is a special section of the CFF, which encourages short films made outside of Concordia filmmaking classes, to be a part of the Festival. This screening offers a variation in the regular programming, connecting our Festival with the cinema community across Canada.

Q: If I submit a film will it automatically be chosen for the screening?
A: Like the other programmed screenings, the Open Competition will be juried, meaning the submission process is open to many, but the final screened films will be selected by a designated jury.

Q: If my film is selected for the Open Selection is it eligible for any prizes?
A: Yes, there will be a prize for the top film in the Open Competition category. The selection will be juried by a group of professionals work in the Canadian film industry.

Q: How many films will be selected for the Open Competition screening?
A: The number of films selected, depends on the time allotment for the screening, in accordance with the length of the short films that are submitted. We strive for quality over quantity but we are happy to accept films that vary in length.

Q: What kind of venue will my film be screened at?
A: The Open Competition screening will be held in downtown Montreal, at Concordia University.

FAQS FOR: Students in Quebec (Concordia)

Q: Can I submit a film I made while in CEGEP, another University or College?
A: Yes, as long as the film was made within the time frame (January 2017 to present), fits the criteria of the application and was directed by you, the applicant.

Q: If I am studying at Concordia and I am taking a core filmmaking class*, can I submit the film I made in that class to the Open Competition?
A: No you may not because films made in those classes are already eligible for entry into the other categories at the Festival.

Q: If I am studying at Concordia but I am not taking a core filmmaking class* can I still submit a film to the Open Competition, that I worked on in another class or outside of my studies?
A: Yes, you may submit it to the Open Competition, as long as the film was made within the time frame (January 2018 to present) fits the criteria of the application and was directed by you, the applicant.

Q: If I made a film at Concordia in a core filmmaking class* or other film class in a previous school year, can I submit that film to the Open Competition?
A: If you made a film in a core class within the year, it is not eligible as it would have already been eligible for the categories of the 2018 Festival. However if you made a film in another film class within the time frame (January 2018 to the present) it is eligible for competition in the Open Competition.

FAQ’s FOR: Students in Canada (outside of Quebec)

Q: Can I submit a film I made in University or College?
A: Yes, you may submit a film you made in another school keeping in mind it must have been made within the past year (January 2018 to the present) and as long as the film fits the criteria of the application and was directed by you, the applicant.

FAQ’s FOR: International Students

Q:If I made a film outside of Canada can I submit it to the Open Competition?
A: Yes! We are open to all students around the world!

FAQ’s FOR: Non-Students

Q: If I am not currently a student can I still submit a film to the Open Competition?
A: Yes, but only if that film was made while you were a student within the past year, not that the film has to have been made at school, however.

Q: Q: Can I submit a film I made in University or College?
A: Yes, you may submit a film you made in another school keeping in mind it must have been made within the past year (January 2018 to the present) and as long as the film fits the criteria of the application and was directed by you, the applicant.

GENERAL FAQs for Visions

GENERAL FAQ’s
Q: If I submit a film will it automatically be chosen for the screening?
A: Like the Concordia Film Festival's Open Competition screening, the submissions process is open to many, however the films which will participate in the VISIONS screening will have been selected by designated programmers and must fall within the mandate of the project.

Q: If I do not identify as part of the LGBTQ community, but I am a person of color, can I submit my film? OR, if I am not a person of color, but I identify as part of the LGBTQ, can I submit my film?
A: Yes- if you are a Person of Color OR identify as LGBTQ+ you can submit your film .

Q: If I do not identify as LGBTQ and I am not a person of color, can I submit my film?
A: VISIONS’ mandate is to feature work by undergraduate directors of color and those who identify within the LGBTQ spectrum. We will not refuse films on the basis that they do not fit this criteria, but we will be prioritizing featuring films by LGBTQ directors of color.

Q: If my film is selected for VISIONS, it eligible for any prizes?
A: N/A

Q: How many films will be selected for VISIONS screening?
A: The number of films selected depends on the time allotment for the screening, in accordance with the length of the short films that are submitted. We strive for quality over quantity but we are happy to accept films that vary in length, as long as they are between 1 and 12 minutes long!

Q: What kind of venue will my film be screened at?
A: The VISIONS screening will be held in downtown Montreal, in Concordia University’s Hall Building. For more info on the venue, click here- https://www.concordia.ca/maps/buildings/concordia-panoramas/h-h110.html

FAQS FOR: Students in Quebec (Concordia)

Q: Can I submit a film I made while in CEGEP, high school or another University or College?
A: Yes, as long as the film was made within the time frame (January 2017 to present), fits the criteria of the application and was directed by you, the applicant.

Q: If I am studying at Concordia and I am taking a core filmmaking class*, can I submit the film I made in that class to VISIONS?
A: No you may not because films made in those classes are already eligible for entry into the other categories at the Festival.

Q: If I am studying at Concordia but I am not taking a core filmmaking class or made it outside of my class* can I still submit a film to VISIONS, that I worked on in another class or outside of my studies?
A: Yes, you may submit it to VISIONS, as long as the film was made within the time frame (January 2017 to present) fits the criteria of the application and was directed by you, the applicant.

Q: If I made a film at Concordia in a core filmmaking class* or other film class in a previous school year, can I submit that film to the VISIONS?
A: If you made a film in a core class within the year, it is not eligible as it would have already been eligible for the categories of the 2017 Festival. However if you made a film in another film class within the time frame (January 2017 to the present) it is eligible for competition in VISIONS.

FAQ’s FOR: Students in Canada (outside of Quebec)

Q: Can I submit a film I made in high school, University or College?
A: Yes, you may submit a film you made in another school keeping in mind it must have been made within the past year (January 2018 to the present) and as long as the film fits the criteria of the application and was directed by you, the applicant.

FAQ’s FOR: International Undergraduate Students

Q:If I made a film outside of Canada can I submit it to VISIONS?
A: Yes! Submissions are open to all students around the world!

FAQ’s FOR: Non-Students

Q: If I am not currently a student can I still submit a film to VISIONS?
A: Yes, but only if that film was made while you were a student within the past year, not that the film has to have been made at school however.

Q: Q: Can I submit a film I made in high school, University or College?
A: Yes, you may submit a film you made in another school keeping in mind it must have been made within the past year (January 2018 to the present) and as long as the film fits the criteria of the application and was directed by you, the applicant.

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  • Nick White

    Very friendly and communicative staff who were excellent to work with and very accommodating. Would have been nice to see some more promotion and info for the films in the open competition screening since they weren't even listed anywhere on the website or social media, but I was still very happy to be a part of it!

    May 2019
  • Bassem Ben Brahim

    Je vous félicite pour la bonne organaisation
    Malgré que j'était pas entre vous ..
    La communication était super que toutes les réseaux sociaux 💛💛
    I recieved the pics from the screening my film too. Category vision .
    J'ai beaucoup apprécié tout ca et surtout le respect et l'amour que vous avez parager avec ce festival .. bravo

    May 2019
  • Azalia Muchransyah

    A great festival. I just wish to see more info and publication on the open competition program. Would also love to see some pictures from the event and receiving the laurel.

    May 2019