Celebrating and inspiring community through the shared experience of film, the Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) is an annual festival dedicated to bringing bold, reflective and inspiring films to Waterloo Region (Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo).

GRFF offers the community a week of local, Canadian and international film hosted throughout the region, pairing screenings with panels consisting of directors, film professionals, local interest groups and notable guest speakers. The festival week also includes a short film competition, an industry workshop that provides training for local filmmakers and an educational outreach program that brings film and topical expertise to high school and university students.

GRFF is proud to support aspiring filmmakers through the annual MCAP SHORT Shorts competition. This highly successful competition is a forum for recognition and awards, and also provides filmmakers an avenue to screen their films in a festival setting. Past winners have been featured in the media and have gone on to earn awards at other top film festivals throughout North America.

• showcase and promote Canadian and international films, advocate for home grown talent, celebrate the culturally diverse which shapes Canada and our Region
• foster community involvement and interaction through a shared love for cinema by offering unique and diverse programming, special events, volunteer opportunities and a platform to engage in dialogue with filmmakers and artists.
• provide skills development, professional training and mentoring for our aspiring filmmakers, particularly our youth with an opportunity to showcase their films.
• be a catalyst for creative partnerships, including other film festivals as well as artists and organizations from a variety of genres encompassing fine arts, music and video

Best Ontario Short Film
Best Waterloo Region Short Film
New! Best VR Short Film


- Only submissions of Canadian films by Ontario filmmakers will be considered
- Selection will be based on quality and form
- Films must be in English or in the original language with English subtitles
- Duration: 15 minutes maximum including credits
- Entries previously submitted and not accepted may not be resubmitted
- Submissions must be making their Waterloo Region premiere at the festival and must be deemed a new release by the programming committee


- Duration: 15 minutes maximum including credits
- Please note if the content is mature in your submission
- We welcome different experiences, whether it be film, gaming or general

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Overall Rating
  • Kim Saltarski

    Really really great festival. Of all the festivals my film screened this one surprisingly stood out with their great venues and filmmaker communication.

    November 2017
  • Blair Johannes

    We Really enjoyed the Grand River Film Festival. They certainly made us feel welcome. Great venues and we made it out to Industrial Day which was a fun night and had some great information for indie film makes. Thank you to everyone at GRFF for a great experience and all the hard work they put into their festival.

    November 2017
  • Mike Gallant

    A wonderful little charming festival with a pretty decent screening venue. They also took great care of their short filmmakers in a way that I will keep quiet about but was also pleasantly unexpected.

    November 2017
  • The festival was a wonderful experience! All of the coordinators and volunteers were very nice and helpful. I can't wait until next year to attend again!

    November 2017