What started as a celebration of short film grew into a community of film lovers and filmmakers. Sunday Shorts began in 2019. A short film celebration that hopes to shine a light on a lot of new up and comers and help them garner the attention they deserve.

Sunday Shorts is an IMDB-Qualifying fest, meaning your awards will go up on IMDB as part of your film page. We have a few thousand in cash prizes and $2500 in film equipment/rentals and a streaming/licensing deal to give away.

It's a light, fun Sunday afternoon vibe of an event. Make connections with talent and judges and also build a network for future projects, all in a super relaxed no-pressure atmosphere.

Our first round judges are all avid-movie goers and film lovers from all walks of life. They will narrow the choices and then our Industry Judges will make the final selections and award the prizes. Among our Industry Judges are weighted professionals in all departments of the film industry and we even boast an Oscar winner on the panel. Judges for each year will be announced when submission begin.

In addition to Category Winners, prizes will be given for Best Director, Best Performer and Best Screenwriting as selected by the Judges.

Best category winners are up for the Best Sunday Short Award and
Union of BC Performers award of $500 prize

William F. Whites International offering $2500 in film rental/equipment
for the WHITES Best Short Filmmaker Award

KC Talent sponsoring the Emerging Talent Award.
Passionflix Streaming Service 'True Romance Award', a licensing deal to the winning short/filmmaker
LGBT Films/Filmmakers will get coverage by sponsor Pink Media, with interview with the Winners/Official Selections being broadcast on OUT TV
PENDER PR firm will be giving a press and publicity package to winners as well.

Enter your short in Okanagan Category and it will not only be considered for the main categories, but also be up for recognition and $3000 in prizes specifically for Okanagan filmmakers.

Category Awards for:
Best Comedy Short
Best Dramatic Short
Best Action Short
Best Horror Short
Best Romantic Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Micro Short (under 5 minutes)
Best Indigenous Short
Best LGBT Short
Best Performer Award
Best Screenwriter Award
Best Director Award

JUDGES: We have First Round Judges from all walks of life but all avid-movie lovers. Each film will be judged independently twice and then our Official Selections will come from the highest ranked films.
Then our INDUSTRY PANEL will judge the Finalists and determine our winners and some of our special Jury Prizes.

Our 2023 Industry Panel will be announced January 2023
2022 Industry Panel included:
Oscar Winner Angus Strathie (Costume Designer, Moulin Rouge, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
Top Talent Agent Kathy Carpenter (Owner KCTalent, Vancouver)
Cinematographer Stirling Bancroft csc (Kiri and The Girl, Monkey Beach, Freaks)
Gabriel Correa (Director and Producer, Riverdale)
Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica, Man of Steel)
Tosca Musk, filmmaker and founder of Passionflix Streaming Service

Vancouver is Hollywood North and with the amount of films and television series shooting here, we are privy to connecting with top talent in all areas of the film industry. Your work will be seen by people who are connected and who know the business.

We are looking for innovation. Filmmakers who push the envelope by reinterpreting a classic, or someone who reinvents not only the wheel, but the horse, the buggy, the carriage and the world it rides through. We want to see your world.

Most films shd be under 20 mins but we will look at those a bit longer, completed between Jan 1, 2020 and Aug 1st, 2022. Does not need to be a premiere and we accept films showcased elsewhere. We want to give a second chance at notoriety to those gems that may have fallen under the radar.

Shorts of all shapes and sized are welcome from micro shorts to fully narrative 20 minute films. Each category will have it's prize, and be adjudicated by a panel of specially selected judges, all film professionals. The judges for this round will be announced before submissions begin.

Ultimately, we want films that entertain, educate, push the boundaries of filmmaking and introduce us to new voices, new faces and new points of view.

Overall Rating
  • Erin Boyes

    I am so happy our film screened here and I made it in person. Very well organized and such a generous and supportive film community.

    September 2022
  • Sunday Shorts had excellent communication and is a festival I'll definitely enter again

    August 2022