Maple Summit Film Festival is an annual film festival with categories for Narrative Shorts, Narrative Features, and Conservation Documentaries; all of which will compete for the "Best of" Annual Awards.
Categories are open to all genres (Comedy, Drama, Horror, etc.) with the exception of Conservation Documentary, which is specific to films with subject matter pertaining to nature conservation. Submissions are also open to all themes (LGBTQ+, Trans, Race, etc.)
Submissions are screened by a screening panel to determine which films will become "Official Selections," and will continue to "Finalist" judging.
The top six (6) films in the Shorts category, the top four (4) films in the Feature category, and the top four (4) documentaries will then screen and compete for the "Best of" Awards.
"Official Selections" and "Finalists" will receive digital laurels and certificates.
Annual "Best of" Awards will include physical awards and/or certificates, and based on availability sponsored prizes such as industry products and services.
Final judging for the Annual Awards of the Maple Summit Film Festival will take place on October 1, 2022.
1. 2022 Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 1 December 2021 to 25 June 2025. The early bird deadline is 25 February 2021; the regular deadline is 30 April 2021; the late deadline is 25 June 2021. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.
2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via password protected online screeners ONLY. We do not accept films sent over by DVD.
We do not accept subsequent cuts or more complete versions of submitted films, therefore changing or updating the originally submitted link is not accepted. Only one version of the film will be reviewed by programmers.
3. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2019.
- Films with distribution, which have not had a theatrical and/or day-and-date release are accepted.
4. Premiere Status
- There is no premiere policy for Short Narrative, Feature Narrative, or Documentary.
- Submitted films may have screened at other Festivals, both physical and online.
5. Submission Fee
All submissions for Maple Summit Film Festival are to be paid through FilmFreeway platform. The submission fee is non-refundable.
6. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under criteria, including but not limited to:
- Quality of narrative and production values.
- Independent nature of the production.
Maple Summit Film Festival endeavors to announce "Official Selections" within 30 days of the late deadline. "Finalist" selection will be completed by and announced by 25 August 2022, and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been named a "Finalist" of the Maple Summit Film Festival.
All finalist films' online screeners must be made available for the duration of the festival (January 1- October 31, 2022).