The Artifact Small Format Film Festival (formerly the $100 Film Festival) is Calgary’s only celluloid-based film festival. When the festival was born in 1992, it showcased eight short films on Super 8. The name sprung from the challenge to shoot a short film on four rolls of Super 8 – which tallied to the cost of $100. In following years, the festival dropped the budgetary limit and allowed 16 mm film, which shifted the focus from low budget to quality small-format films. Thus, the name was changed to the Artifact Small Format Film Festival in 2017 so as to better represent the festival's role as an international celebration of creative story telling on celluloid.

Over the years, Artifact has expanded to include the popular Film/Music Explosion!, commission projects, and various partnerships.

Artifact is one of only a handful of festivals worldwide that exhibit exclusively on small-format celluloid. We are proud to be among the select few that continue to keep this unique medium alive, and to draw celluloid lovers to Calgary each year.

Awards & Prizes

To honour the creativity and ingenuity of the talented filmmakers in the Artifact Small Format Film Festival, we are excited to offer cash awards with support from our Award Sponsors. Our jury of industry professionals will evaluate technical skill, innovation, thematic concepts and originality. Awards will be presented in the following categories:

- Best of Alberta
- Best 16mm Film
- Best Super 8 Film
- Audience Choice

Rules & Terms

ELIGIBILITY
- 16mm or Super 8 film under 22 minutes
- All artworks and installations must be film-based
- Official release date after December 1, 2015

REQUIREMENTS FOR EXHIBITION:
- 16mm with optical sound
- Super 8 mag. strip, or properly synced mp3 audio
- Soundtracks mush be accompanied by detailed syncing instructions
- Films should have AT LEAST 10 feet of leader
- Each film must be clearly labeled with running speed (18 or 24 fps), length, title and name of filmmaker
- Films must be submitted head out and leaders clearly labelled

SELECTION PROCESS
The Programming Jury selects films from submitted entries, and a separate jury of artists and professionals from the film community selects award recipients. Entries are judged on their creative content, and on innovative uses of celluloid film.

Artifact pays artist fees for all works selected for the festival. If your film is selected for exhibition, you will be asked to ship a FILM PRINT to the CSIF a few weeks before the festival. The Artifact Short Format Film Festival will make every attempt to avoid any damage to your film, but cannot provide any guarantee. At the completion of the festival, your film will be shipped back to you, pre-paid, via Fedex.

Extracts and stills from selected films may be used to advertise the Festival in local print, radio or television media, and on the Festival website.