The Edmonton Short Film Festival (ESFF) is dedicated to the elevation of Alberta Independent film. The ESFF showcases Alberta filmmakers outside of the “normal” festival market and features diverse projects (newly created or “dusted off” favourites) including: trailers, music videos, web series, commercials, short films … as long as it’s less than 15 minutes, we’ll accept it! There are two main screening events: October 12 & 13, 2018.

Note that ESFF Festival screens ONLY films made by Alberta resident, HOWEVER, the new 360 Degree/ Virtual Reality Component is open to filmmakers from around the world.

Filmmakers are invited to attend a complimentary workshop to the Filmmaker Skills Workshop, A catered lunch to this all-day event is also included.

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 6 PM on October 13, 2018 for the Red Carpet Gala.

CASH AWARDS in genre categories ($150 in six categories)
PEOPLES' CHOICE CASH AWARD voted by the audience ($250)

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 NEW 360 Degree Video component is open to all international filmmakers.

Yup. 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.

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

If your ALBERTA film is selected for the GALA 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

If your INTERNATIONAL film is selected for the 360 Degree event you will need to provide the film in the highest quality possible: MOV or MP4 format or as a PNG image sequence with accompanying WAV audio file. Ideally 4,096 x 4,096 pixel (or higher) fisheye domemaster formatted for a hemispherical dome. If your film is in equarectangular format, it must be at least 4,096 x 2,048 (or higher).

Our technicians will convert your equarectangular film to work in our hemispherical dome. Note the bottom one third to one half of your film may be cut off due to the shape of the hemispherical dome.

We will also need a high res still photo from your film or poster in 300 DPI resolution.

Overall Rating
  • Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi

    Was excited my short was selected. Sad I did not make t. Honored we won best Comedy. Thanks ESFF

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    We (and the audience) laughed SO hard at the antics of the "police" in Stampeed City! Well deserved award.

  • James Mills

    Excellent Festival and great communications! I was honoured the my film, "MELON SHORTS" was selected to be part of this festival.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Melon Shorts were so very clever! Great little snippets of entertainment ... thanks for sharing it with ESFF!

  • Cora Selinger

    We were honoured to have "Never Been to War" chosen as an Official Selection for the Edmonton Short Film Festival. This festival is well run, well attended, and fun! The communication was prompt and detailed and the organizers are professional, friendly and put on an excellent event. , We truly felt valued as filmmakers at the whole festival, and it's one I would recommend to anyone in the future.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Never Been to War tugged on our heartstrings ... such a beautiful tribute to our veterans. Thank you for coming up and joining us for the gala. Truly delightful to meet you and Derek.