Wait for it! Watch for it! For one week this fall, One Minute Silent Short Films will light up platform screens throughout Alberta, on the Edmonton Transit LRT system and the Calgary CTrain system, bringing Media Art to Albertans ‘on the go’. Miss a show in transit? You can watch the full program online.


1st Place: $1000 (+prizes)
2nd Place: $500 (+prizes)
3rd Place: $250 (+prizes)
Best Animation: $250 (+prizes)
Best Non-Fiction: $250 (+prizes)
Best Film by an Edmonton Area Youth: $250
Spirit of Edmonton Award: $250

Live Action, Animation, Experimental, Documentary and Creative Non-Fiction

Filmmakers may submit a maximum of THREE one-minute shorts for the Jury’s consideration. A separate signed submission form must be provided for each film submitted.

60 seconds (exactly!)

Silent (Subtitles & Title Cards permitted)

Apple Pro Res 422 or H.264 (10 Mbit/s minimum); 16:9, 1080p recommended; Frame Rate 29.97

IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO INCLUDE THE FILM TITLE AND CREDITS IN YOUR FILM. The title and creator’s name appear beside the film at all times within a set GMFF frame on PATTISON Onestop LRT Screens, and on a Title Card before each film on our show reels; longer credits will appear with the film on the GMFF website and in the GMFF print program.

There are no pre-determined themes for the festival but among our slate of awards we offer a “Best Short for Young Audiences (children)” award. We also offer two awards to local filmmakers: the “Spirit of Edmonton Award” to a film that best expresses the spirit/character/beauty/complexity of the City of Edmonton; and a “Best Local Youth Short Award” for a film created by a local filmmaker 17 years and under.

As Public Art on Public Transit in Public Space, the Gotta Minute Film Festival will reach a general audience of all ages. Given the makeup of our audience, GMFF is unable to accept works that contain profanity or nudity; works that condone or incite violence, hatred, or discrimination; or works that are unduly frightening to children. With the Edmonton Transit System as our host, we also cannot accept works that detract from the image of the ETS and/or its employees.

Please also read the Gotta Minute Film Festival Rules and Regulations below.