The Vaughan International Film Festival, based in a neighbouring city of Toronto, is a not-for-profit organization highly invested in securing the future of the short film industry. Through public film screenings, scholarship opportunities as well as engaging and informative panels, webinars and industry events, VFF strives to support both experienced and aspiring filmmakers.

Now in its 10th edition, the festival continues to offer a platform for independent creators to share their films and further excel within the industry. Between the festival week, promotional events and unique screenings, filmmakers have the opportunity to reach an audience of over 19,000 people. Submit your film today!

MISSION: VFF strives to celebrate, showcase, and support independent filmmakers through public film screenings, scholarship opportunities as well as engaging and informative panels, webinars and industry events.

VISION: To secure the future of the independent film industry, where everyone around the world can collectively experience the emotional resonance of short films.

Best Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematography

**Please note that asking submission fees to be waived will not be considered**


• Films must not exceed 20 minutes.
• Films submitted must be produced after January 1, 2020
• The use of original music or royalty-free music is strongly recommended but not mandatory for Festival submissions. Please ensure that you have all necessary releases on file, including actors’ releases.
• Processing fees are non-refundable.
• Applicant hereby grants Vaughan Film Festival the rights to use all or part(s) of the film for promotional purposes; to use stills, biographical material, names and likeness from the film for promotional purposes and in Festival program and merchandise, to provide copies of the film for journalists to review, to show the film at press screenings and to exhibit the film during the Festival and at any time before and after the Festival.
• Vaughan International Film Festival will use its best efforts to ensure the correct title and credits are listed in the Festival program, but shall not be held liable for inadvertent errors or omissions.
• Festival programmers and judges shall determine selections and award winners at their sole discretion.
• Vaughan Film Festival reserves the right to decide all questions not specifically provided for in the Terms and Conditions.
• Vaughan International Film Festival reserves the rights to adjust dates and times of film screenings without notice. Vaughan International Film Festival shall not be responsible for delays or cancellations due to equipment failure, shipping delays, or the condition of the films delivered.
• Vaughan International Film Festival reserves the rights to use accepted films and footage for promotional use and/or screenings outside the main festival dates.

The person submitting the enclosed film to the Festival confirms that he/she holds all necessary rights for the submission and has the legal authority to grant such rights to Vaughan International Film Festival hereunder and that he/she has read and understands and agrees with the Festival Terms and Conditions. Notwithstanding the foregoing, submission of a film constitutes the agreement with the Festival Terms and Conditions.

In consideration of my application to the Vaughan International Film Festival, I for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, hereby waive and forever discharge Vaughan International Film Festival and all affiliated companies, any related companies, their officers, directors and employees, Festival sponsors and suppliers, Festival sanctioning bodies and elected or appointed officials, all of their successors and assigns, of and from all claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses, actions and causes of actions whether in law or equity, in respect of loss or damage to my person or property howsoever caused, arising or said to arise by reason of my participation in the said event. I further hereby undertake to hold and save harmless and agree to indemnify all of the aforesaid from and against any and all liability incurred by any or all of them arising as a result of, or in any way connected with my participation in the said event.


Overall Rating
  • Sébastien Pins

    It's a great honor and a source of tremendous pride for my film "Traces" to have won the Best Cinematography Award at the prestigious "Vaughan Int'l Film Festival"! 😃✨
    If you have a precious film to share, don't hesitate to submit it to this amazing festival!
    PS: Their trophies are absolutely magnificent!

    January 2022
  • ravi steve

    With so many festival options available it’s hard to find the right one to help promote your film. Every film is different and requires different things, but I will say this - VFF is an all round AMAZING festival. They have awesome (and big multiplex venues!), sold out crowds, and best of all they support indie films. The thing I liked most is that the fest is run by real people. Real people who want your indie film to succeed. Highly recommend. Worth the price. They are on my permanent list of festivals to submit to and they should be on yours. Great fest!!!

    January 2022
  • Pretty sure we found some other places to screen our movie thanks to this festival.
    Thank you so much.
    Plus, communication was easy with their staff. Thanks as well for that.

    May 2019
  • Foster Wilson

    What a top notch affair! I was only able to fly out one day for the awards ceremony, but it was SO worth it! The event quite seriously rivaled the Oscars! An incredibly well-attended black tie affair including tons of local press, where the filmmakers are treated like royalty. Such an appreciation for filmmaking, celebrated in the best way. I'm raving about this festival to everyone I know!

    May 2019
  • One of the major festivals in Canada! It was a pleasure to be part of the selection with our short films in the past three years.

    Hugs from Italy!

    May 2018