OUR VOICES Short Film Festival is the brainchild of Aiden Cumming-Teicher a young actor and film-maker who feels that youth aren’t always heard, even though they have a lot to say. The hope is that the creation of this film festival allows other youth to find their voices too, to express their points of view and tell their stories.
The festival had live screening of the finalists in their categories at the Cinematheque in Vancouver British Columbia on November 10th, 2018 ( and in 2017 at Hollywood 3 Theater), but for 2020 due to the worldwide situation it will be held strictly online.
This film festival is open to all youth who ages 5 - 20; at least one of the categories have to be filled by people in that age range. ( actors, director, writer, cinematographer). Drama, Comedy, Documentaries, PSAs , webseries- all are welcome. For 2020 we encourage you to also look at the Time Capsule category as a way to document this historic time.
Our festival has nominal entry fees; we wanted to give everyone the opportunity to enter and participate. We also accept experimental/smart phone films to be submitted!
All official selections will get official laurels via email.
We will be awarding the following categories :
• Best International Production
• Best BC Production
• Best Canadian Production
• Best Horror Short
• Best Dramatic Short
• Best Comedic Short
• Best Music Video
• Best LGBTQ+ short
• Best Microshort or PSA
• Best Actor
• Best Actress
• Best Director
• Best Experimental /Web Content /Wildcard award
All winners will all be awarded certificates via email. Other awards/categories may be awarded at our discretion.
By submitting, you are assuring us that you have the rights to the material in your film, and have obtained any necessary permissions and talent releases. We do not take any ownership of your material at all, and make no warranties that we will be able to include your film.
By entering, you also grant us permission to share short clips of your film online as part of a compilation, if your film is selected. The entire film will NOT be shown online, only a teaser clip.
This film festival is open to all youth who ages 5 - 20; at least one of the categories have to be filled by people in that age range. ( actors, director, writer, cinematographer).
We strive to be a green festival, so only accept digital entries ( no mailed DVDs)
Make sure your screener is available online, as well as accurate contact info and support material on your FilmFreeway project pages.
For 2020's edition we have relaxed the length requirements:
• Short films and Documentaries - Maximum of 15 mins
• Minute Films, PSAs - Maximum of 1 min
If your film is not in English, we ask that you please subtitle it in English so we can better appreciate it.
Do you accept non-Canadian shorts?
Yes. We accept shorts from all over the world! However there is also a special category for Canadian and BC specific shorts
Will you post my short on-line for the public to see?
No. However, if you are one of the finalists and would like us to post your publicly available film on our FB page we are happy to.
My short has already screened at another festival or available online. Can I still enter?
Yes. We have no premiere eligibility requirements.
What short length eligibility requirements do you have?
15 mins MAX for short films and Documentaries, 1 min MAX for PSA and Micro-shorts.
Do you accept Works in progress?
No- it has to be a fully completed work.
Will my short be screened?
For 2020 no - this year we will not be having a live screening.
What about Web shows/ Web series?
When is your notification date and what is the notification process?
The notification date is by September 15th, and will be sent electronically via FilmFreeway.