This festival is the film equivalent of the deep cut on your fav record. That amazing track that never makes the airwaves, but to you and yours, out rocks the single.

So we want you to dig deep. We want to screen the cinema from the edge, the fringe frames that need to be seen and shared.

We're looking for all genres, as well as works that don't easily fit in to any specific box. We'll have different blocks of films, and depending on what we receive will determine the categories.

But here's what we're envisioning, film blocks under the themes of:
Update August 3, 2019: We are no longer accepting horror films.
Update: Due to the health concerns posed by Covid-19, the festival dates are subject to change. We may also present the fest in a "virtual" manner--online, or otherwise--so as to ensure the safety of all film fans within the city. Here's hoping things are better by late January.
Update: Jan. 3. Due to covid, live shows remain a distant dream. The festival will be online this year. Five blocks will be streamed online via our site for one night only (five blocks, one block per evening). We have partnered with YouTV, our local television network, and they have been kind enough to broadcast four nights of programming.

Experimental films
Art house / mind blowing films
Home movies
Road movies
Industrial / Corporate & Commercial videos

Yes, the categories are wide, but a deep cut doesn't limit itself to one genre. Show us what you've got, we can't wait to watch. We love indies, and we love keeping things weird in North Bay!

This is a juried festival and winners will receive the Deep Cut Award for various categories.

Rules and Terms:

We will accept films from any country, however, if they are not in English, please subtitle or dub them.
If your film is accepted, we only screen digital files. Thanks for understanding.
There is no "film made by" date. If it's good, we want to see it, regardless if it was produced in 2016, '96, or '76.

We do not accept films of any length that are currently available for public viewing on YouTube, Vimeo, or any other online streaming service.

We'll accept submissions that have been previously screened elsewhere.

For those submitting, you must be authorized to submit the film, and hold the rights to the film. Any violations of copyright will not be tolerated.

Submitting your film does not guarantee a spot in the Deep Cut Film Festival lineup. However, we will get back to everyone who does submit to let them know the outcome of our decision.

If your film is accepted, you will gladly send us some digital promo material, and let us use this material to promote your film as part of our festival lineup.

We only accept digital screeners, via FilmFreeway. That is all.

We will not accept works in progress. All entry fees paid are non-refundable. Please be sure to submit under the correct category.

Upon submission, the Deep Cut Film Festival is granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Deep Cut Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
Thank you for taking the time to read these rules.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for your wonderful festival! I was very glad to take part in it with my film! I hope in the future we will see you many more times! Thanks again!

    February 2020
  • Gavin Harwell

    I submitted to Deep Cut on a whim... Knowing there is a festival out there for bizarre, left of center, and unconventional filmmaking excites me. Deep Cut couldn't have been a better place to submit our film, and they were so kind and excellent in terms of communication. Wish we could've seen our screening, but we hope to be back. Excellent group at this festival...

    February 2020
  • My crew and I feel grateful and honored to have been a part of Deep Cut. Great communication, great spirit!

    February 2020
  • Mia Jessup

    Wonderful communication! I wish I could have attended the event (I'm from the States) but I was kept informed throughout the whole process. Thank you to the whole team!

    February 2020
  • Jackson Ezinga

    Great communication and cool line-up - really happy to have had the Canadian Premiere of my film at Deep Cut! Thank you!

    February 2020