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 27 years. Since its launch in 1996, the festival has provided students with opportunities to showcase their work on an international scale. The festival will take place live on Thursday, April 27th @ 7PM (Toronto, Canada time). Shortlisted films will also premiere on YouTube, alongside a live presentation in which film and television industry professionals will award the winners. You can view the 25th and 26th Zoom International Student Film Festival full reels of "shortlisted" films at YouTube Film Arts @ Earl Haig.


The 27th Zoom International Student Film Festival premiered last night, April 27th, 2023, at Earl Haig Secondary School in Toronto. The entire reel will premiere on YouTube on Friday, May 5th @ 7PM (Toronto Time). The YouTube premiere link will be emailed to you as well as posted on FilmFreeway very soon.

BEST ANIMATION - The Boxer, Canada
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - Burnout, Australia
BEST SCREENPLAY - Babycakes, Indonesia
BEST EDITING - Mourning Rose, USA
BEST SOUND EDITING - Midnight Dumplings, Canada
BEST DIRECTOR - Flavours, Canada
BEST PICTURE - Water Lullaby, Poland

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 2022 and 2023.

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 Sunday, April 16th, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Toronto, Canada time).
vi. Entrants will be notified by email of acceptance by Wednesday, April 19th, 2023.
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
  • Henry Hagens

    Submitting to and attending this festival was an incredible experience. It has a great community around it, and the event is very well organised. I would highly recommend it to any student.

    May 2023
  • Andrew Weir

    Great Student Festival!!! I would certainly recommend to all!

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    It was great showcasing your film Andrew! Good luck on your filmmaking adventures!

  • Alvin Devito Nugroho

    One of the greatest festival for student!

    April 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for your kind words. We work extremely hard to provide a free platform for students to showcase their films for free! Congratulations on your big win!

  • The communication was excellent and quick. Even though I was not able to attend, I was still informed of the results the very next day, and my film “Mourning Rose” ended up winning Best Editing.

    April 2023
    Response from festival:

    Congratulations Dylan! It was a real pleasure showcasing your film at this year's Zoom International Student Film Festival. We wish you the best of luck on your filmmaking journey!

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

    June 2022