Zoom International Student Film Festival has proudly been hosted by Earl Haig Secondary School students and the students of Claude Watson Film Arts in Toronto for 26 years. Since its launch in 1996, the festival has provided students with opportunities to showcase their work on an international scale. Shortlisted films will premiere on YouTube, followed by a live Zoom meet in which film and television industry professionals will award the winners. The festival will take place on Wednesday, April 20th @ 7 PM (Toronto time).

The winners of this year's 26th Annual Zoom International Student Film Festival 26th Anniversary are:
Best Animation - "Hollow Home" by Nina Rafique (CANADA)
Best Sound Editing - "kimjang" by Ashley Kim (CANADA)
Best Cinematography - "Insides Out" by Daniel Diasconescu (CANADA)
Best Screenplay - "Sneeze" by Johnny Tsatos (CANADA)
Most Promising Junior Filmmaker - "The Hole" by Piotr Kazmierczak (POLAND)
Best Editing - "Beneath The Surface" by Sydney Watson-Leung (CANADA)
Most Promising Senior Filmmaker - "1987" by Isabella Kerrigan (AUSTRALIA)
Best Director - "My Grandma is a Vegetarian" by Jasmine Ko (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)
Best Picture - "Parasomniac" by Ethan Go (TAIWAN)
Audience Choice - "Parasomniac" by Ethan Go (TAIWAN)

Congratulations winners!! The entire shortlisted Zoom International Student Film Festival films can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7kVNhtsoNY&t=28s

The Zoom International Student Film Festival recognizes excellence in filmmaking at the high school level. Submissions to the following genres will be accepted:

Music Video

Awards and accolades will be given to the standout filmmakers at the discretion of the judging panel, made up of five industry professionals. The following categories will be awarded:

Best Animation
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Editing
Best Picture
Most Promising Junior Filmmaker
Most Promising Senior Filmmaker
Best Screenplay
Best Sound Editing
Audience Choice


The Zoom International Student Film Festival organizers may, in their sole discretion, disqualify entries deemed unsuitable due to coarse language, excessive and/or gratuitous violence, any work deemed as hateful and/or racist, inappropriate situations that do not adhere to a 14A or lower rating in Canada.

The Zoom International Student Film Festival organizers reserves the rights to disqualify any entry that fails to comply with the following requirements:

i. Films must not exceed 5 minutes in running-time.

ii. All filmmakers that have participated in the creation of the entry (excluding cast members and/or teacher advisors) must be enrolled as a secondary school student at the time of submission.

iii. All students must be between the ages of 14-18 years at the time of submission.

iv. Films submitted must have been produced during the years 2021 and 2022.

v. Each film must be submitted with a FilmFreeway submission info form.

vi. Filmmakers must retain all rights to ownership of their work. This includes rights to music and images, and rights to include all persons, places and organizations included or depicted in the entry. The Zoom International Student Film Festival organizers will not accept responsibility for any copyright infringement, falsified information, contract or legal issues incurred by the filmmaker(s) or their submission. The responsibility of obtaining copyright and protecting any proprietary interests in the material belongs solely to the filmmaker(s).


i. Fully understand and adhere to the "Rules and Eligibility Requirements."
ii. Entries will only be accepted when submitted through FilmFreeway.
iii. Submission materials will not be returned.
iv. Submitted entry must be formatted as a downloadable MP4 file format.
v. All submissions must be received by Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 by 11:59 PM.
vi. Entrants will be notified by email of acceptance by Monday, April 19th, 2021.
vii.Entrants may not withdraw their entry from the festival after the film has been submitted. The festival organizers reserve the rights to withdraw admitted entries from the festival lineup with no notification.

Overall Rating
  • It was an amazing festival and a fun experience! 10/10

    June 2022
  • Such a huge honor to be a finalist at this festival! This was my second year applying so I was very proud to get in this time. There were so many entertaining and inspiring films in the online showcase and I was grateful to share my film with a community of other young filmmakers!! Thank you so much to Earl Haig and the festival organizers for this amazing opportunity.

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    It was great including your film in the shortlisted reel! We wish you all the best and we look forward to seeing you at next year's Zoom Int'l Student Film Festival!

  • Mohammad ferajzadeh

    It was a wonderful festival
    I am glad that we attended this festival for the second time.

    April 2021
  • Max Shoham

    I was honoured to be included in this wonderful festival showcasing some outstanding talent! Can't wait for next year and the new work they display.

    April 2018
  • Partho Gupte

    I couldn't make because I live in Mumbai India it but the communication was prompt and warm at all times.
    It was a pleasure to show my film at this festival!

    April 2018