London Ontario’s Forest City Film Festival celebrates the art of cinema through a regional lens with a focus on national and global films and filmmakers connected to Southwestern Ontario. We honour successes, showcase new, compelling artists and inspire future ones.

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 that has spent a significant portion of their lives in the area, or films that were filmed in the area or are about the area. Key artistic team includes director, writer, producer, DOP, Sound design, 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, 2018.
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
  • Sarah Legault

    Fantastic festival. I highly recommend this festival to movie lovers and filmmakers.

    November 2019
  • Bill Garvey

    I was very happy to have been chosen a top ten semifinalist. And I got a lot from the feedback. I will try again.

    November 2019

    The Forest City Film Festival is nicely filling the gap for emerging and established filmmakers in the Southwestern Ontario region. A well run, engaging, filmmaker-friendly environment that I hope to return to year after year. Well done, London!

    November 2019
  • Bryan Skinner

    This is a wonderful festival for filmmakers and films with some connection to Southern Ontario. ED Dorothy Downs has a fantastic group of volunteers who really give their all to the festival. The industry sessions were full of people Canadian filmmakers need to be able to engage with. Reccomended.

    October 2019
  • Michael Stasko

    Great festival! Only in it's 4th year, but you'd think it's at least 20 years in. Good communication and well organized!

    October 2019