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: a Red Carpet Gala on October 14 and a Family Fun Film Fest on October 15.

Note that ESFF Festival screens ONLY films made by Alberta residents.

All submissions receive complimentary admission to the Filmmaker Skills Workshop. This exclusive workshop will have classes in Lighting, Sound Design, Directing Actors and more. 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 14, 2017 for the Red Carpet Gala.

The Family Fun Film Fest will be held on Sunday afternoon, October 15. This FREE event includes a diverse collection of family friendly movies, activities for children, student film screenings and more.

Awards & Prizes

CASH AWARDS in genre categories ($150 in six categories)
SPECIAL CASH AWARDS for the best Female, Student and Indigenous projects ($150 each)
PEOPLES' CHOICE CASH AWARD voted by the audience ($250)

Rules & Terms

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 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.

If you have a family-friendly film, it will be considered for both the Red Carpet Gala and the FAMILY FUN FILM FESTIVAL.

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

If your film is selected you will need to provide:
A. 1080 x 1920 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