** We have confirmed our dates and venue! **

The New Westminster Film Society in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, is excited to announce our Call for Submissions for the 2021 New Westminster Film Festival (NWFF). We welcome Shorts and Features, including Documentaries, Narratives, Experimental, and more.

We will be selecting films for Feature Length Narratives, Documentary, Shorts, and After Dark sections. As well we would love to see more films of interest to our community’s South Asian population.

We are especially interested in films by communities and cultures underrepresented in film.

Our goal for 2021 is a hybrid festival, with films both on the big screen and streaming online, however with the current global uncertainty we are unable at this time to guarantee theatre viewing for some or all films we select.

We are also exploring unconventional venues for showing films. But more on that as it develops.


New West Film Fest (formerly New West Doc Fest) was founded in 2011 by a group of citizens with a passion for film, art, and community. The festival’s mandate is to present current cutting edge films that encourage dialogue, educate, and entertain.

This annual event is highly anticipated in the community and is a valuable addition to the fall events schedule in the local calendar. We look forward to your submission for our 2021 festival!

Deadline for entries - July 31st, 2021

Completion Date - No earlier than January 1st, 2020

Subtitles - All entries with dialogue not in the English language must be subtitled in English.

Genres - Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Horror, Experimental

Run time - Features must be at least 60 minutes. Shorts must be under 30 minutes.

Refund policy - There will be no refunds for submission fees issued by the New West Film Festival.

Event delay policy - The festival may be postponed and submitted films will be eligible for showing at the postponed festival.

Showing notification policy - By submitting your film to this festival you are agreeing that, if selected, the film will be shown. The festival organizers will do their best to reach you for the best version of the film to be shown and are able to show the film in the submitted version if you are not responsive.