A film festival in London Ontario. Celebrating and nurturing the film industry in Southwestern Ontario through honouring film and filmmakers from the region, showcasing new and compelling films and inspiring future artists.

We are somewhat focused on the region of Southwestern Ontario, Canada. We are looking for films that have at least one member of the key artistic team from or currently residing in the area or films that were filmed in the area or are about the area. Key artistic team includes director, writer, producer, DOP, lead actor. Subject matter or setting of the film is not restricted to the region. The film does not have to have been shot in the region.

Official selections are screened to an audience and will earn a percentage of the door. Win or not, we pay for the films that we screen!

Each category has a cash prize.

Best Short
Best Feature
Best Short Documentary
Best Long Documentary
Best Short Animation
Best Feature Screenplay
Audience Choice Award

Entries must be in English or - Subtitled or dubbed in English.
All entries should be sent via FilmFreeway. Please don't send discs or any downloadable files to us.
Works in progress are not accepted.
Films must be completed after January 1, 2017.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
To qualify as a Southwestern Ontario film at least one of the key artistic team must be from or had resided in Southwestern Ontario or been about or filmed in Southwestern Ontario.
The decision of the judges and selection committee is final.

Terms and Conditions:
By submitting to the festival, you agree to allow your film (or other artistic work) to be screened by the festival during the festival run, for which you are submitting, at no charge to the festival. If there are to be any additional screenings, we will come to a mutual agreement between the filmmaker and the festival.

All Films selected by the festival will be asked to provide promotional materials, but we ask that no promotional materials be sent until selected and notified.

By submitting to the festival you are admitting copyright ownership of everything submitted and by submitting a work for consideration (a Work), entrant hereby grants the Festival the following non-exclusive, irrevocable rights to use and display the names, voices, photographs, likenesses, and biographies of the entrant and the Work's director and producer for advertising, publicizing, and promoting the Works in any media

The festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission at any time, if there is any question of ownership, copyright infringement or any sign of disrespect (in any form of media) to the festival or its representatives. The Festival will not be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared materials in your film.

All submitters will be automatically subscribed to the Forest City Film Festival newsletter and may opt out at their option at any time.

Films that are posted publicly on YouTube or other public video sites cannot be screened in competition at our festival. The exception to this is the animation category. We ask that films submitted not screen in the London region between August 15 and October 28 outside of the festival.

Films that are official selections are not permitted to withdraw from the festival after September 15th.

Films that already have a major distribution deal are not considered for competition but we may want to screen them out of competition.

FCFF reserves the right to update or modify these terms and policies without prior notice.

Overall Rating
  • Alice Shin

    Forest City Film Festival is a very professionally run festival that takes place at a great cinema with comfortable facilities and networking opportunities. The good people behind this festival make sure that filmmakers are well-taken care of. Definitely worthy to come back!

    November 2018
  • Matthew Kooman

    It was a great fest! Very filmmaker-focused with so many valuable events and sessions. FCFF treated us like stars!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    It's our pleasure! Filmmakers ARE stars!

  • Joffrey Saintrapt

    Great festival ! Amazing organization from passionate people ! It was a reel honour to have our short film selected by the Forest City film festival. There is a real love for films in London ! Very inspiring movie selection and workshops ! Congrats & Thank you to the festival team and the volunteers !

    October 2018
  • Edward Platero

    Although this festival is only in it's 2nd year, you would never know. Incredibly organized, and enthusiastic about film, The FCFF is a fantastic addition to the arts and film community of Southwestern Ontario.

    November 2017
  • Paul Culliton

    Extremely well organized. For a 2nd year festival, ran like it had been around for years. Well needed addition to the London arts and film scene. As a film person, very accommodating and supportive of ideas to promote screening of our documentary. Could not have asked for a better screening night. Congratulations.

    November 2017