ALERT: WE WILL STILL BE ACCEPTING FILMS FOR THE 2020 ESFF AND HAVE CONTINGENCY PLANS TO STILL PROVIDE A GREAT CELEBRATION EVEN IF COVID19 IS STILL A CONCERN IN OCTOBER! The wonderful thing about being a small festival is that we are VERY nimble!

The Edmonton Short Film Festival (ESFF) is dedicated to the elevation of Independent short film. The ESFF gala event showcases Alberta filmmakers and our Long Shorts program screens both Alberta and Beyond short films considered 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. The Alberta gala is for films to a maximum of 15 minutes. The Long Shorts is for films to a maximum of 60 minutes.

1. We accept 360/Virtual Reality films that will be showcased before the red carpet gala using state-of-the-art VR headsets (open to ALL filmmakers)
2. For our LONG SHORTS day, we accept submissions up to 60 minutes in length, any creation date, from anywhere in the world.

ALBERTA FILMMAKERS:
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: Films that address social concerns and injustices may be submitted to the Justice4Reel 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.

FILM MAKERS - ADD-ON FREE WORKSHOP - CANCELLED DUE TO COVID FOR 2020
Filmmakers will be invited to attend the Filmmaker Skills Workshop AT NO COST ($75 value). A catered lunch to this all-day event is included with your submission. Pre-registration is required (a refundable deposit of $12 plus GST is required - the full amount is refunded upon attending the workshop). Watch for a special email with information about this opportunity!

FILM LOVERS:
Admission to the Gala Event includes a red carpet Hollywood-inspired experience for moviegoers, Alberta indie film screenings, live music, complimentary treats, popcorn and a fun, festive atmosphere. The audience plays a huge role in the success of the evening by choosing their favourite film. The winning filmmaker will be presented the coveted People’s Choice Award and a special cash prize. Doors open at 4:30 PM on October 17, 2020 for the Virtual Reality screenings (5:00-6:30 PM); and the Red Carpet Gala event begins at 7:00 PM.

Sunday, October 18, will feature short films from around the world! Screenings begin at 2:00 PM and continue until 6:00 PM. A concession will be available with snacks and beverages.

Purchase a weekend pass for best value!

ALL films screened will receive a screening fee
AWARDS will be presented in genre categories
PEOPLES' CHOICE CASH AWARD voted by the 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.

The 360 Degree Video component and the ESFF Long Shorts are open to all filmmakers, including international.

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
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)

If your film is selected for the 360 Degree event you will need to provide the film in the highest quality possible. We will also need a high res still photo from your film or poster in 300 DPI resolution to include in our program.

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  • Daniel Martin

    This was an outstanding night to be part of, and we are so grateful to be among Edmonton's budding film scene. Well done, all!

    May 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Daniel! Having your team show up at the festival in wardrobe was so much fun (almost as fun as your music video). Great song, great energy, and awesome people.

  • Joseph Teague

    We felt very well informed and up to date as the festival approached. Nice approachable team.

    April 2020
  • Very hospitable and hard working crew the communication was great throughout and the events were spectacular. Great audience too over all one of my favourite festivals i attended this year. Thanks crew

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Jack! It was great to see you at the Red Carpet Gala. We were so glad you chose the Alberta Bonus so we were able to screen your film at Storefront Cinema ... we're looking at more opportunities to share your work!

  • Joe Chang

    It is a charming film festival and I love it very much !!

    November 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Joe! The Music Box was well-crafted and presented a story that most people are not familiar with. Thank you for sharing your work with us and we hope to see more from you in the future!

  • Fantastic festival. Really appreciated their feedback and the opportunity to screen our film! Hope to be back time and time again!

    October 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Rew! Demonetized really touched on a lot of concerns expressed from filmmakers ... great job on research and your interviewed guests. We're looking forward to more from you in the future!