Niagara Falls International Short Festival is a seasonal short film festival that is held in the beautiful Niagara Falls. Niagara is valued not only for its waterfall, but also for its beautiful inns, hotels, restaurants and tourist destinations such as its wineries. Filmmakers and artists have been attracted to Niagara Falls and have used its potentials as a setting for their films. Niagara Falls has been used as background in numerous feature films, including the famous Marilyn Monroe film, titled Niagara (1953), and Superman and Pirates of the Caribbean, to name a few. The spectacular natural scenery of Niagara Falls have always given an extra layer of beauty to films shown on the silver screen and we hope to use these infrastructures to offer you a very beautiful festival’s experiences.

The next edition of the festival will be held in late March, 2021. If you have a film ready to be submitted, you can send your film to us before the winter deadline, which is March 15, 2021. It is worth noting that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the next edition of the festival will be online.

Best International Narrative Short
Best Canadian Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animated Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Micro Short
Best Covid 19 Film
Best Horror Short
Best Thriller Short
Best Sci-Fi Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Erotic Short
Best Student Short Film
Best Music Video
Best Actor in Short
Best Actress in Short
Best Ensemble Acting in Short
Best Female Directing in Short
Best Male Directing in Short
Best Script in Short
Best Editing in Short
Best Music in Short
Best Web Series
Best TV Pilot
All Categories for Short

A) Eligibility Requirements
1. Films completed on or after Jan 1, 2017 are eligible for consideration
2. All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Dialogue lists are not accepted.
3. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry to the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

B) Submission Guidelines
1. Feature-length films must be submitted via online screener hosted by Vimeo, on DVD or on Blu-ray disc.
2. Only complete entries (including fee payment and screener) will be considered.
3. Entrants are permitted to submit works-in-progress (i.e., without final color correction or sound mixing), but please note that the programming committee will only consider the version submitted. Subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the request of the programming committee.
4. To qualify for student entry fee rates, entrant must include proof of student status at the time of production (copy of student ID, transcript, etc.)
5. All films selected for the Festival will screen on Bluray/DCP unless otherwise arranged by the submitting filmmaker and programming team.

C) Shipping
The cost of shipping an entry to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent “free domicile” to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

D) Judging & Selection
If a film is selected, the Festival office will contact the entrant by phone or email. The Festival does not provide feedback or screening notes to entries that are not selected.

All competitive film categories are judged during the Festival.

F) Entry Fees
Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, registration notification, consideration by the programming department, and notification of the results. These fees may be paid by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express).

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  • It was a such a pleasure to win Best Erotic Short and Best Actress at the NiagaraFalls Indie Short Festival. I look forward to submitting more works to this festival in the future!

    January 2021
  • Great.Our short film comedy Mimmi's Adventures is Semi-Finalist.Very pleased that submitted to NiagaraFalls Indie Festival

    December 2020
  • Great Festival with a really high quality organization! My short film "Tell Me Who I Am" won the Best Script Award... so, many thanks to the Jury! This is a Festival set to high level standards and I recommend it a lot.

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

    December 2020
  • Niagara Falls Indie Festival was great in the way our film was handled, fairly judged with our peers, and the response time to our submission was awesome! Happy to have submitted. Excited to submit our next project! 🎬

    December 2020