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.