The Edmonton Short Film Festival (ESFF) is dedicated to the elevation of Independent short film. The ESFF gala event showcases Alberta filmmakers with films up to 15 minutes and our Long Shorts program screens Alberta films over 15 minutes PLUS films up to 60 minutes from anywhere in the world. The short films we screen are often considered to be outside of the “normal” festival market. We feature diverse projects (newly created or “dusted off” favourites) including trailers, music videos, web series, commercials, and any genre short film. ONLY Alberta films under 15 minutes are eligible to submit to the genre categories. Films from outside of Alberta, any length up to 60 minutes, any creation date are to be submitted under the Long Shorts category.

The Edmonton Short Film Festival partners with other cultural events to showcase Alberta short films. For only $8 CAD, you will be able to have your film entered for consideration at one or more of these FAMILY events. ALL of these events will pay screening fees for films that are selected. NOTE: To be considered for the gala, Alberta filmmakers still need to submit their films under the appropriate genre category in addition to choosing this add-on bonus.

NEW CATEGORY: Alberta films that address social concerns and injustices may be submitted to the Social Justice category. Alberta films under 15 minutes submitted to this category will be considered for screening at the Red Carpet Gala and are eligible for this new award.

The audience plays a huge role in the success of the evening by choosing their favourite film. Tickets will be available through FilmFreeway for 2022. We will be offering the festival as a live event as well as opportunities to watch the films online.

ALL films screened will receive a screening fee
AWARDS will be presented in genre categories
PEOPLE'S CHOICE Award voted by live audience ($250)

GALA EVENT: The Edmonton Short Film Festival welcomes ALL short film projects that are 15 minutes or less as long AS YOU (Director, Producer) ARE AN ALBERTA FILMMAKER.

Our goal is to support and promote independent film, so we will screen almost ANYTHING (we reserve the right to determine what may be considered as extreme violence, hatred, pornographic or copyrighted material). You don’t have something new? That’s okay! Drag out something from your archives … maybe you have a fabulous film that you would love to show again. You’re working on a feature? Send us your trailer to promote the project! Of course, we also accept the “usual” – short dramatic or comedic narratives, horror, music videos, web series, documentaries and animations, etc. We would even love to see your amazing commercial!

The ESFF jury selects independently-created films based on the technical excellence and entertainment value of the film.

If your film is selected for screening you will need to provide:
A. 1920 x 1080 downloadable version of your film in a .mov format or .mp4 format
B. A high res still photo from your film or poster in 300 DPI resolution
C. Director's bio and photo and short film synopsis and bio
D. Contact email and mailing address
E. Confirmation of who is to receive the screening fee (paid by cheque for Canadian filmmakers and by PayPal for International filmmakers)

Overall Rating
  • Kylie Garcelon

    Fantastic festival with a wonderful team of dedicated film-loving professionals. I was super excited to have my film selected to screen in such a fantastic venue. Wow! Just wow.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Kylie! We were so pleased to be able to have a live audience and to meet you.

  • Jack Salvadori

    Amazing program, inspiring selection of short from all around the world and a very friendly and helpful team dedicated in bringing the event to life!

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review! We truly appreciate your kind words.

  • Daelan Wood

    Great communication and a great in person event.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Daelan! We truly have an amazing film community in Edmonton and Alberta!

  • ESFF, the little film festival that could. This is a place for creative filmmakers to gather and to chat about their craft. Thank you Dan, Sharlene and team for all the work that you do to bring us together, make us feel comfortable and safe in the midst of Covid. I really enjoyed festival, 2021, we'll see you in 2022 to help celebrate 10 years!

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Rueben! We are looking to celebrating our 10th year in 2022 with our community!

  • Ben Metcalf

    We had a great time at the festival, really looking forward to entering again next year.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ben! We look forward to seeing your new work!