Mirror Mountain Film Festival brings the best in independent and alternative cinema to Canada’s capital. Mirror Mountain is an inclusive festival that welcomes all types of films and all types of people to share in the collective cinema experience. In addition to film screenings, our festival features live performances, parties, Q&A sessions and more.

Why should I submit to Mirror Mountain?

1. A free festival pass for all filmmakers who submit 
Everyone who submits their film to Mirror Mountain, regardless of whether or not it is selected, gets a free pass to attend the entire festival.

2. It’s free to submit for local filmmakers 
Films of any length and genre can be submitted for free if they were shot and/or edited within a 125 km radius of Ottawa. This area includes Gatineau, Maniwaki, Mont Tremblant, Montebello, Hawkesbury, Cornwall, Potsdam, Brockville, Smiths Falls, Perth, Renfrew, Arnprior and more. Contact the festival to find out how to submit a local film.

3. Free submissions for alumni 
If you directed a film that was officially selected in a previous edition of Mirror Mountain, you can submit again at no cost. Contact the festival to find out how to make an alumni submission.

4. Your money back
If your film is selected to play in the festival, we’ll pay you back your original submission fee.

5. We pay screening fees 
In addition to reimbursing your submission fee, if your film is selected, we will also give you a small fee to thank you for letting us screen your work.

6. Fewer restrictions 
There are no premiere or date-of-completion requirements. Your film is still eligible even if it has screened in the Ottawa region before. You are still eligible to submit if your film has distribution, has been broadcast on television, or is available to view online.

7. You’ll be kept in the loop 
We will email you shortly after you submit to confirm we’ve received your application. Later, you’ll receive a notification informing you of the results, regardless of whether or not your film was selected.

8. Great awards for winning filmmakers 
We celebrate filmmaking talent and recognize people in our community who create exceptional work with awards given out in several categories. Award winners receive a variety of great prizes donated by our sponsors.

9. A friendly and alternative atmosphere 
Our next festival will take place at Arts Court, downtown Ottawa’s hub for film, visual art, music, theatre and dance, and a meeting place for people from diverse artistic and cultural backgrounds.

At the end of the festival, awards are given out in the following categories:


All selected films are automatically in consideration for awards in all relevant and appropriate categories.

For more information on award sponsors, prizes, previous winners and nominees, visit: mirrormountainfilmfest.com/awards

Please read all of the rules carefully before submitting.

Mirror Mountain accepts any genre of film, including drama, comedy, documentary, animation, thriller, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, musical, dance, poetry/spoken word, experimental, cult and more.

The festival welcomes submissions from diverse filmmakers from all backgrounds, including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirited and non-binary filmmakers, Indigenous and First Nations filmmakers, persons with disabilities, and diasporic and transcultural filmmakers.

Submissions are reviewed by a volunteer jury of experienced filmmakers arts and culture professionals. Visit our About page for more information.

Film submissions of any length are free if your film was shot and/or edited within 125 km of Ottawa. You may be asked to provide documentation supporting your claim. Contact the festival for information on how to submit a local film.

– Submission fees are non-refundable.
– Waivers or discounts on submission fees are not offered.
– Films may originate from anywhere in the world.
– You may submit multiple films in a single year, but you must pay the full submission fee for each film.
– Mirror Mountain does not accept submissions sent by email or physical submissions sent by post.
– Mirror Mountain is not responsible for improperly functioning preview copies/screeners.
– Mirror Mountain is under no obligation to watch updated screeners. The jury will only review submissions once.
– Do not send a press kit or other supporting materials unless asked to do so by the festival.
– All submitted films must be in English or accompanied by English subtitles.
– There are no premiere requirements. Your film may have screened in the Ottawa region before.
– There are no date-of-completion requirements. Your film can be dated from any year.
– Films that have distribution, have been broadcast on television, or are available to view online, are still eligible for submission.
– You must be the copyright holder of the film and its soundtrack, or have obtained permission to use copyrighted materials in any part of your work. You may be asked to supply documentation supporting your claim. Works that consist of parody, satire and critical review are excepted under Canadian copyright law.
– Mirror Mountain reserves the right not to select any material they deem inappropriate for any reason.
– Mirror Mountain reserves the right to remove any film from the festival lineup at any time.

All submitting filmmakers will be notified of the results of the jury’s decisions by June 27th 2019. If selected, you will be expected to submit a high-quality Quicktime H.264 file as your screening copy by no later than July 12th 2019 or your film may not be screened. Filmmakers are responsible for ensuring that their Quicktime file is in good working order.

Overall Rating
  • Ramey Newell

    Unfortunately, I was unable to attend Mirror Mountain in person. However, their programming was excellent, communication was stellar, and the festival director was thoughtful and personable, and even mailed me my award and prizes, as well as a screening fee within a month of the festival. I will definitely submit here again, and hope to attend next time!

    January 2018
  • Anna Swanson

    Mirror Mountain is a festival that feels like coming home. I was able to attend the 2017 rendition for the screening of my film "Show or Tell" in the NEW VISIONS program, and was really thrilled by the way it was programmed and the films it shared space with. I didn't necessarily go there to make friends, as they say on reality TV, but I made so many friends, and professional and creative connections as well. Truly a worthwhile fest to apply to, screen at, and attend if you can -- straight up fun. Christopher and the MMFF team are sweethearts and rigorous filmmakers and programmers all at once; prompt and excellent communication.

    December 2017
  • Julien Jauniaux

    I couldn't attend the festival in person but I was honoured to be a part of this great project and program. I would recommend it to anyone! Thanks for having screened my short "An Eldritch Place"

    December 2017
  • The festival has been very generous with me and maintained wonderful communication. I look forward to participating in the festival again in the future.

    December 2017
  • Christopher at Mirror Mountain made sure we were aware of every screening opportunity and maintained great communication before and after the festival. Although we were not able to attend, the curation was superb. Highly recommended.

    December 2016