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, panel discussions, Q&A sessions and more.

Some of the 2017 program highlights will include:

INTERNATIONAL SELECTIONS (dramas, comedies, dance and other genres)
TRUE STORIES (documentaries)
LINES DRAWN (animation)
FANTASTIC VOYAGES (horror, sci-fi and fantasy)
STRANGE HOURS (cult/weird)
NEW VISIONS (experimental)
LOCAL HEROES (Ottawa region)

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 accepted, 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 also still eligible to submit if your film has distribution, has been broadcast on television, and/or is available to view in full online.

7. You’ll be kept in the loop
We will email you shortly after you submit to confirm we’ve received your application, and 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 those in our community who create exceptional work with an awards ceremony held each year at the end of the festival. Award winners receive a variety of great prizes donated by our sponsors.

9. Professional development
Mirror Mountain is dedicated to helping filmmakers advance their practice by providing opportunities for professional development and learning. Mirror Mountain hosts talks and networking events as well as panel discussions with industry professionals on topics relevant to contemporary independent filmmaking.

10. A friendly and alternative atmosphere
Our 2017 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.

Awards & Prizes

During the 2017 closing ceremony, awards will be given in the following categories:


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

For more information on award sponsors, prizes, and last year's list of nominees, visit: mirrormountainfilmfest.com/awards

Rules & Terms

Please read all of the rules carefully before submitting.

We accept any genre of film, including drama, thriller, comedy, documentary, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, musical, dance, poetry/spoken word, action, animation, experimental, cult and more. We also welcome and encourage submissions from diverse filmmakers from all backgrounds, including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, two-spirited, pansexual, and intersex filmmakers, Indigenous, Aboriginal and First Nations filmmakers, disabled and differently abled filmmakers, and diasporic, immigrant and transcultural filmmakers.

A short film is defined as any film less than 20 minutes in length, including credits. A medium-length film is defined as any film that spans between 20 to 60 minutes in length, including credits. A feature-length film is defined as any film that is longer than 60 minutes in length, including credits.

Film submissions of any length are free all year round if your film was shot and/or edited within 125 km of Ottawa. 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 as many films as you like, but you must pay the appropriate submission fee in full for each film.
– Mirror Mountain does not accept submissions sent by email or physical submissions sent by mail.
– Mirror Mountain is not responsible for lost submissions or 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 may be old or new.
– Films that have distribution are still eligible for submission.
– Films that have been broadcast on television, and/or are available to view in full 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 a film from the festival lineup even after it has been officially selected and announced.

Submissions are reviewed by a volunteer jury of local arts and culture professionals and experienced filmmakers.

All submitting filmmakers will be notified of the results of the jury’s decisions by November 6th 2017. If accepted, you will be expected to submit a high-quality Quicktime H.264 file as your screening copy by no later than November 27th 2017 or your film may not be screened. Filmmakers are responsible for ensuring that their Quicktime file is in good working order.

6 Reviews

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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Nadine Arpin

    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
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    Non Films

    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