The Vaughan International Film Festival is a unique event, with a style all its own.

Now in its 6th edition, this exciting five day event proudly showcases both local and international talent – on all levels. Our Founders: Antonio Ienco and Mark Pagliaroli, present their audiences with multi-genre short films -offering an ideal platform for independent film creators to put forth their work.

This Non-for-profit organization brings you public film screenings of Canadian and International cinema, vibrant social events and a lavish awards show- complete with a prestigious Golden Reel Award. We also support and further arts education with various scholarships and bursaries; granted to young filmmakers, art students and educational institutions in our city. Throughout the past several years, the VFF has remained focused and true to its objective: To satisfy the cultural appetite of this growing community while offering an arts forum befitting our world-class city. We look forward to delighting our audiences for years to come.

The Golden Reel Award:

Best Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematography

People's Choice Award

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


• Films must not exceed 20 minutes.
• 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.
• Films submitted must be produced after January 1, 2016
• 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 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 Film Festival reserves the rights to adjust dates and times of film screenings without notice. Vaughan Film Festival shall not be responsible for delays or cancellations due to equipment failure, shipping delays, or the condition of the films delivered.
• Vaughan 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 Film Festival here under 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 Film Festival, I for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns, hereby waive and forever discharge Vaughan Film Festival and all affiliate 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
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    Romina Schwedler

    I couldn't travel for longer than 1 day, which had me wondering if it would even be worth the trip! Well, it absolutely was. I was truly impressed with the film program and felt honored to be screening in such great company. I also loved the Q&A, the red carpet interviews and of course the after party! Definitely hoping I can stay longer next time. This is one of those festivals where filmmakers are VIPs and it shows every step of the way :)

    May 2017
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    Lieven Vanhove

    I went to visit the festival because I was nominated in several categories. The hospitality was great, and they took really good care of me. Fast and clear communication and they really make this a festival of quality!

    May 2017
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    Keith O'Grady

    I submitted two years ago and although I couldn't go, I had a very good experience with them. I will be submitting again! When I do, I'll be going next time. Well done to all the team.

    January 2017
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    Drew Taylor

    The Vaughan International Film Festival has quickly become a must destination for short films from around the world. Mark, Antonio, and Alessandra have created something truly special. The final party and awards night is overwhelming, filmmakers attended from around the globe. For Short Films, this festival is an absolute must!

    January 2017
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    Great staff, great people, beautiful film! It was a pleasure to participate to their festival. Good luck to Vaughan Film Festival for the next editions!

    May 2016