The Zoom Student Film Festival is a prestigious student event that is internationally renowned for showcasing undiscovered aspiring filmmakers. Awards are presented at the festival to recognize exemplary achievement in promising filmmakers and encourage them to pursue their dreams within the film industry. Most recently, the local Toronto festival has broadened it's scope - accepting submissions from international students. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the festival and in recognition, the festival will feature retro-themed art installations, vibrant performances, and new additions to our judging panel composed of industry professionals.

Awards & Prizes

The Zoom Student Film Festival recognizes excellence in filmmaking with the prestigious Zoom Student Film Awards. The judging panel awards deserving films of the following genres:

Music Video

Prizes will be awarded to standout films at the discretion of the judging panel.

Prize List

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Screenplay
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Best Sound Editing
Best Animation
Best Experimental
Best Performance
Best Ensemble Cast
Most Promising Junior Filmmaker
Most Promising Senior Filmmaker

Rules & Terms

Rules & Eligibility Requirements
The festival reserves the rights to disqualify any entry that fails to comply with the following requirements:

i. Films must not exceed 7 minutes in running-time.

ii. All participants in the entry (excluding cast members) must be enrolled as a secondary school student at the time of submission.

iii. The festival organizers may, in their sole discretion, disqualify entries deemed unsuitable due to coarse language, violence and/or inappropriate situations that do not adhere to a 14A or lower rating in Canada.

iv. Each film must be submitted with a completed submission form (can be found at or FilmFreeway submission info form.

v. 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 festival 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).

Submission Guidelines

i. Entries will only be accepted when submitted through FilmFreeway.
ii. Submission materials will not be returned.
iii. All submissions must be received by April 18th, 2017.
a. Entrants will be notified by email of acceptance by May 11th, 2017.
b. Entrants may not withdraw their entry from the festival after the film has been submitted and accepted. The festival organizers reserve the rights to withdraw admitted entries from the festival lineup with no notification.