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 four screening events, "Spotlight" is comprised of four sections 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.

These four sections are comprised of:

Visions: Spotlight on Underrepresented Voices, which is a section devoted to those groups who feel that the voices of their community have been underrepresented in the mainstream.

Lights Out: Spotlight on Midnight Movies, which is a section devoted to genre films. If your student film is a Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, or just plain weird, feel free to submit to this section!

Kaleidoscope: Spotlight on Experimental Films, which is a section devoted to those films that do things a little differently, and experiment with the form of cinema.

Insight: Spotlight on Documentary Films, which is a section devoted to all films that depict real-life people/situations/events. No Mockumentary films will be accepted into this section.

COLLIDING PERSPECTIVES:

For the first time, the CFF, in its 47th edition, is proudly hosting Colliding Perspectives, a showcase of VR projects accompanied by a discussion panel and seminar on the relevance of the medium in the field of cinema.
This showcase will open its doors to postsecondary (CÉGEPs and Universities) in the province of Québec. Sadly, as this is a pilot event, we will not accept work from outside the province. Colliding Perspectives will accept all sorts of VR projects that deal thematically or formally with cinematic aesthetics, a team of selected curators will choose up to four (4) projects to compete for a prize.
The submission process will be executed through Colliding Perspectives’ itch.io game jam page (https://itch.io/jam/colliding-perspectives). Colliding Perspectives will take place in the EV Junction at Concordia, on May 10th from 12h30 to 17h00.
If you are interested in participating in Colliding Perspectives or if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: technical@concordiafilmfestival.com.

Best Film in each category will win a cash prize. However, the final amount is dependant on how many submissions we receive.
Best Short Film - Lights Out: Spotlight on Midnight Movies
Best Short Film - Visions: Spotlight on Under-Represented Voices
Best Short Film - Kaleidoscope: Spotlight on Experimental
Best Short Film - Insight: Spotlight on Documentary

Please only submit your film to One of the four categories.

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 Spotlight, 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 2019 - present
- Films may not be longer than 10min.
-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

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).

*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.

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GENERAL FAQ’s for Open Competition

Q: What are the "Spotlight" screenings?
A: The Spotlight screenings are four separate screenings that each highlight their own genre, or community, which encourage short films made outside of Concordia filmmaking classes, to be a part of the Festival. These screenings offer 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, Spotlight 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 a Spotlight screening is it eligible for any prizes?
A: Yes, there will be a prize for the top film in each Spotlight 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 Spotlight screenings?
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 Spotlight screenings will be held in downtown Montreal, at Concordia University.

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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 2019 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 Spotlight sections?
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 Spotlight sections, that I worked on in another class or outside of my studies?
A: Yes, you may submit it to the Spotlight sections, as long as the film was made within the time frame (January 2019 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 Spotlight sections?
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 Spotlight sections.

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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 2019 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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FAQ’s FOR: International Students

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

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FAQ’s FOR: Non-Students

Q: If I am not currently a student can I still submit a film to the Spotlight sections?
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 2019 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