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 an "Open Competition" section during the festival. This section is 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.

Best Short Film - Open Competition

***The submission fee for Open Competition goes directly towards the screening and award cost***

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!

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 2017- present
- Films may not be longer than 15min.
-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), 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.

GENERAL FAQ’s

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, this year 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 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 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 to the present) and as long as the film fits the criteria of the application and was directed by you, the applicant.