Redline International Film Festival currently accepts short films under 30 minutes in length of any genre and from any country.

Founded as a passion project by indie filmmakers, Redline's goal is to shine a light on the films and filmmakers that the mainstream media frequently overlook. As filmmakers ourselves, we have far too often seen quality films being turned away from festivals because they didn't meet the proper mainstream "criteria". We strongly believe that film-making is one of the most profound mediums through which art can be created, and should not have to adhere to conventional ideals in order to be celebrated. Which is why, through our monthly festival, we aim to promote those who create art through the medium of film and continue to push the envelope in artistic creation.

Each month, we hold a screening for our hand-selected jury members, made up of industry personnel and film fans, where we showcase some of that months nominated films (generally films nominated for 'Best Fiction Short' and 'Best Documentary Short' are screened, but lineup may vary month to month). After the conclusion of the screening, the jury members vote to decide on the winner for the 'Jury's Choice: Best Short Film' award. These screenings are a jury-member only event, and is not open to the general public.

We are a film festival made by filmmakers, for filmmakers. What this means to us is that we ONLY care about quality cinema and nothing else. No hidden agenda. Our only goal is to award the talented filmmakers that can be found all around the world - from all walks of life. That's why we accept submissions from any country, any genre, and any filmmaker.

We can't wait to see your submissions!

*Award categories may change depending on submissions received each month*

All WINNERS will receive a customized printable certificate and the following:


Jury's Choice: Best Short Film...*Receives CUSTOM CRYSTAL TROPHY*
Best Fiction Short.......................*Receives PROMOTIONAL REVIEW*
Best Documentary Short...........*Receives PROMOTIONAL REVIEW*
Best Suspense/Thriller Short....*Receives PROMOTIONAL REVIEW*
Best Comedy Short....................*Receives PROMOTIONAL REVIEW*
Best Experimental Short...........*Receives PROMOTIONAL REVIEW*
Best Animation Short................*Receives PROMOTIONAL REVIEW*


Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Director *Receives PROMOTIONAL REVIEW*
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Music
Best Editing
Best Screenplay
Best Production Design
Best Sound Design


1. Films must be 30 minutes or less (including credits).

2. Films must be completed after September 1st, 2017.

3. Films must be submitted with either a Vimeo private link or FilmFreeway screening file. Youtube links, physical copies, or any other platforms are currently not accepted.

4. Any films with non-English dialogue or text must be submitted with English subtitles.

5. Films must not be publicly available to audiences either online or on any other platform (public festival screenings are perfectly fine).

6. Quality standards must be met. This means films below 720p resolution, extremely poor audio quality, and/ or extensively sub-par production quality will not be considered.

7. Films that have already won or been nominated for an award through our festival cannot be entered again.


The Selection committee is composed of various award-winning directors, producers and filmmakers alike. Credited film critics may also take part in the committee. This committee is responsible for the selection of the films throughout every submission category. Every film submitted that adheres to the conditions for submission is watched and judged by the committee. Applicants will be informed of the selection of their film by the date posted for each month. Notification will take place through the
FilmFreeway website, as well as on the Redline International Film Festival website ( Notifications may also take place on Redline social media platforms.

All films selected by the festival will be awarded with a custom laurel (delivered via e-mail on pdf, png, and jpg format) which reflects the category nominated for (ex. best actress, best short film, best music, ext.). These laurels are free to be used for your promotional material. The winners will receive an additional custom laurel which declares them winners of whichever category they have won. Winners of some categories may also receive a prize (trophy, certificate, money, etc.) depending on the prize being awarded that month. Some months may not include a prize, but we always aim to reward the filmmakers to the best of our abilities. The inclusion of prizes and the value of prizes (if any) may change on a month to month basis.

Right holders grant Redline, without compensation, the right to reproduce excerpts of the films (excerpts limited to 10% of the duration of the film and in any case shall not exceed 3 minutes), stills, posters, synopsis and/or any other texts related to their films for promotional purposes of the Festival, on any support and any media, press and the Internet included. The producers also hereby guarantee that they have the legal authority to grant such rights and have cleared all rights related to the films (including, but not limited, to the music).

Each month, we hold live private screenings in front of a hand selected jury, consisting of film fans and industry personnel. These screenings aim to showcase some of the films submitted that month, as well as act as the voting process for the Jury Awards. Generally, the films which are screened will be amongst those selected as finalists in the festival, but lineup and screening selection may vary month to month.

In addition to the lineup, the venue may vary from month to month as well. Currently the events are held in and around Toronto, Canada, but may take place elsewhere during future months. Currently, these are jury-member only screenings and not open to the general public.

The submission of your film certifies that you have the full ownership of the rights granted above on the submitted film according to our regulations; and acknowledges that Redline is not liable for any claims or expenses asked from any third party regarding rights matter.

By submitting your film, you accept that Redline has full authority to keep your film archived indefinitely. Submitted films may be kept and may be transferred for a better preservation on a new device (digitalization or copy). Redline may also use the films for its educational, promotional and non-commercial activities. Films archived will never be shown or released by Redline in full online without direct consent of its owners.

Refunds will only be awarded in the case of a Redline festival cancellation. Accidental submission, non-qualifying film, or any other circumstance which is not the fault of Redline will not be considered for refund. This is why it’s extremely important to read the “Conditions of Submission” carefully in order to assure you qualify before submitting your film.

Submitting a film to the festival implies the full acceptance of the terms mentioned above.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you Redline International Film Festival for the support of our film. A Boy a Man and a Kite has won 4 awards in its first 5 festivals and you helped us get there!

    May 2019
  • Bidzina Gogiberidze

    Great Festival with great movies!

    April 2019
  • I was unable to attend the festival—but will say they pick quality films and the “Sound” team feel blessed to have been chosen as an Offcial Selection and nominated for Best Sound Design!

    April 2019
  • Rafael Ceribelli

    Great festival! It was a pleasure to be selected and nominated in the 'Best Production Design' category for my short movie Wreckage. Thanks so much.

    April 2019
  • Francesco Filippi

    I was not able to attend, but the communication with me was great. Thank you for the nominations and the award! :)

    April 2019