Maple Summit Film Festival is an annual film festival with categories for MicroShorts, Narrative Shorts, Narrative Features, and Documentaries; all of which will compete for the "Best of" Annual Awards. Narrative Feature and Documentary submissions may also choose to submit for the "Best Director" awards.

Categories are open to all genres (Comedy, Drama, Horror, etc.) and all themes (LGBTQ+, Trans, Race, etc.) with the exception of Conservation Documentary, which is specific to films with subject matter pertaining to environmental conservation.

Submissions are screened by a screening panel to determine which films will become "Official Selections."

The top three (3) films in each category from the "Official Selections" will be judged to determine the "Finalists."

The Festival Director will appoint a Head Judge to determine the "Best of" Awards.

"Official Selections" and "Finalists" will receive digital laurels and certificates.

Annual "Best of" Awards will include physical awards, and, based on availability and that season's partnerships, additional prizes in the form of industry products and services.

Final announcement for the Annual Awards of the Maple Summit Film Festival will be made online or at a physical event on Sunday, October 7, 2023.

1. 2023 Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 1 January 2023 to 30 June 2023. The early bird deadline is 24 February 2023; the regular deadline is 28 April 2023; the late deadline is 30 June 2023. All submissions, regardless of how early they are submitted, will be judged equally.

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 2021.
- 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 MicroShorts, Short Narrative, Feature Narrative, or Conservation Documentary.
- Submitted films may have screened at other Festivals, both physically 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.
- Maple Summit Film Festival retains the right to issue fee waivers at their discretion.

6. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under criteria, including but not limited to:
- Quality of narrative and production values.
- Craftsmanship.
- Independent nature of the production.

7. Notification
- Maple Summit Film Festival endeavors to announce "Official Selections" within 30 days of the late deadline.
- "Finalist" selection will be completed by and announced within 21 days of the "Official Selection" notification, and all "Finalist" filmmakers will be informed in writing of their status.
- Announcements regarding either the online awards announcement or a physical festival event will be made no later than 08 September 2023.

All finalist films' online screeners must be made available for the duration of the festival (January 1- October 10, 2023).

Overall Rating
  • Thanks you so much for your team, good luck with your Festival, I wish u all the best ...
    George tkemaladze. “ I’m yours “

    October 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Giorgi.

  • NJ Brown

    It was a great experience and looking forward to submitting again in the future.

    October 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, NJ Brown.

  • Ricardo Alvarado

    All of us @Unwelcome Advances Feature Film camp are honored & grateful to receive Best LGBTQ+ Narrative Feature Film 2021 at MSFF. Thank you for embracing & welcoming us to your family with so much love & support, means the world to us. Best Regards, Ricardo Alvarado • Patrick Devaney • Roberto Cintron (Producers)

    October 2021
  • Annabel Vine

    Fantastic work. Thank you for Keeping the show on the road during the lockdown. Great Film Festival.

    March 2021
  • Our film "Death Offers Life - last moments of Vincent Van Gogh" was finalist which is a great encouragement for us.

    November 2020