Phoenix International Short Film Festival is a Toronto based monthly and yearly festival with online and physical screenings. Each month, our jury selects the winners of each category through private screenings. Every submitted film has a chance to be a winner in the month competition. In the case they get selected by the programming team of the yearly event, the winners of each month may be then considered for the yearly competition. If this happens, they will be shown and compete with other films-winners at the yearly event. The inaugural edition of the festival was held in June 2018. The 3rd yearly edition of the festival is scheduled for Feb, 27-28, 2021. The official selection nominees are more than welcome to attend our annual screening event and red carpet ceremony. Winners will be announced on our website and social media pages every month.


Animated Short, Narrative Short. Documentary Shorts, Graveyard Shift Shorts, Experimental Shorts, Music Video, LatinX Short, High-school Level Short, Women in Cinema, Advertising, Social Justice/ Impact, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Script, Best Cinematographer, Best Editor, Best Female Director, Best Canadian Film, Magazine Promotion

A) Eligibility Requirements
1. We accept films of all genres.
2. Films completed on or after Jan 1, 2015 are eligible for consideration
3. Films previously submitted to the Phoenix International Short Film Festival are NOT eligible for consideration.
4. Short feature films that are available for public online viewing are eligible
6. Multiple entries from the same submitter are accepted. A separate submission and a separate entry fee must accompany each entry.
7. All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Dialogue lists are not accepted.
8. 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. 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

D) Judging & Selection
Films are selected for Festival presentation by the Phoenix International Short Film Festival programming committee. 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.

E) 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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  • Thank you very for the honor bestowed on our film COVERT ACTIVITY. Nice communication and wonderful film festival.

    September 2020
  • Theo Francocci

    A very professional and creative festival! Neat communication and chances of networking. Great Value!

    September 2020
  • Mohammad Khaki

    It was a honor for us to won the Best Experimental Film on your wonderful festival ,
    The whole team of the film « Paradoxical Dream » thank you warmly for your great work and your sympathy.

    September 2020
  • Me and all cast of “To A God Unknown” are deeply honored and grateful to have been a part of this amazing Festival!

    September 2020
  • David Marshall

    I have been out of power for over 2 weeks due to the hurricane, but wanted to give a big thumbs up to the Phoenix Monthly Short film festival. A total pleasure and a big honor!

    September 2020