Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival, produced by Fifth Ground Entertainment Inc. in association with Lakeshore Arts, will celebrate its landmark tenth Anniversary at The Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. (Kipling Ave. & Lake Shore Blvd. W.), Toronto on Friday, September 24th and Saturday September 25th. Blue Carpet arrivals for the Loved and Local and Gala Performance begin at (and doors open) at 6:30 PM for a pre-performance reception featuring refreshments, appetizers and live music. The screening begins at 7:30 pm. The Family Screening begins at 12:15p.m. on Saturday, September 25th. Tickets are $70 each for the Gala and include the after-party. Loved and Local Tickets are $50.00 each and include an after screening Social. They are available through the Lakeshore Arts office at 2422 Lakeshore Blvd. West or by calling 416-201-7093. – Tickets are available to the General Public in April via the website at

The Lakeshorts Festival is proud to announce a 10th anniversary special screening at its sister Festival Grand River Shorts which will premiere in Paris, Ontario on September 17th, 2021.
A distinguished jury will program all screenings to include short films from around the world. From comedy to genre films to compelling dramas, Lakeshorts brings the world of cutting-edge independent filmmaking to South Etobicoke and Paris, while paying special attention to our very own homegrown talent! This year The Festival looks forward to increased networking and panel opportunities for the filmmakers and general public in celebration of its tenth anniversary as well as the 2nd annual Family friendly screening.
Lakeshorts is spearheaded by Canadian actress, Michelle Nolden, & Film and Television producer, Chris Szarka. Nolden and Szarka have been longtime supporters of the many grass-roots initiatives organized by Lakeshore Arts. “Over the past ten years we have watched this Festival grow into a favourite of South Etobicoke Residents. We are honored to bring our passion for film to our neighbours and expanding the Festival to the amazing community of Paris, Ontario -while making the world aware of our rich artistic life here in Southern Ontario. We look forward to another great year”
Lakeshore Arts is a community arts organization that has been serving the South Etobicoke communities of Toronto for the past 26 years. It helps to build a more vibrant community through arts leadership and the integration of arts and culture into all aspects of life for those who live, work and visit the Lakeshore. A strong belief that art transcends barriers and fosters the social and spiritual well being of people of all ages and backgrounds helps to create unique, innovative programming that serves and supports both the residents and local artists.

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Lakeshorts, Artistic Director, Michelle Nolden -

The festival acknowledges outstanding achievement through awards and in kind prizes donated by local sponsors including William F. White, Scotia Bank, The City of Toronto, Post City Picture and Sound, Dazmo Camera, Agency 71, Lakeshore Arts and Cinespace.

Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival


Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival (the “Festival”) is sponsored by Lakeshore Arts, a not-for-profit corporation, and is produced by Fifth Ground Entertainment Inc. (“Fifth Ground”).


Limitations on Entries:

The Festival will consider dramatic, narrative, documentary, experimental or animated films, videos or digital audio-visual productions (each, a “Film”) up to 20 minutes in length.

The Festival will not consider demo reels, commercials or advertisements, video or new media games, Films with prior commercial release, industrial and instructional productions, music videos, infomercials, obvious branded content (product placement or integration is acceptable) or Films with pornography or extreme violence.

Films previously submitted to the Festival may not be re-submitted.

All Films in a language other than English must be subtitled or dubbed in English unless dialogue is not essential to comprehension and appreciation.

Entrants are responsible for securing all necessary rights and permissions for the Festival’s exhibition of each Film submitted and use of all accompanying materials.


Entrants can submit up to three Films, each with a separate entry form and fee. Films will be considered for both Lakeshorts and GrandRiver Shorts.

Each entry must include:
- Appropriate entry fee for deadline re: FilmFreeway
- Completed and signed entry form or FilmFreeway Equivalent
- Digital Screening Copy or DVD copy of the Film submitted, labeled with title, running time and entrant’s name
- Brief synopsis and photo still in landscape orientation for website
- Promotional materials (including press kit) if available, Film synopsis, principal cast list, and photos and brief approved bios of producer / director / writer

Note: Format/submission of screeners and promotional material to be confirmed.

Incomplete entries will not be considered.


The number, categories and types of awards to be given, and the recipients, will be determined and decided in the sole discretion of the Festival based on the Films submitted. The categories may, but are not required to, include: best film, best cinematography, best performance (male / female) or any other category determined by the Festival.

Entrants will be notified if their Film has been selected and won an award by e-mail at the address provided to the Festival on the entry form.

The winning Films will be exhibited at the Festival Awards, currently intended to be held at The Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive (at Kipling Avenue and Lakeshore Blvd W), Toronto, Ontario Canada M8V 4B6. Select films may also screen at the Grand River International Film Festival at the Paris, Ontario Location.

Each entrant of an award-winning Film will receive 2 tickets to the Festival Awards and to the screening of their film.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting a Film to the Festival, you agree as follows:

You will comply with the above Rules and with these terms and conditions.

If your Film is selected, the Festival will have the rights to: exhibit the Film at the 2020 Festival at one or both of the Festival locations in Paris or Etobicoke; use excerpts and stills from the Film and the promotional materials submitted by you (collectively, the “Promotional Materials”) and your name (collectively, the “Festival Promotional Materials”), in any and all media for the period ending one year after the Festival, to promote the Festival, the Festival Awards, the Film, Lakeshore Arts and Fifth Ground, provided that there will be no obligation to stop using the Promotional Materials or your name in any Festival Promotional Materials that were exhibited or circulated publicly during such one-year period including, without limitation, brochures and blogs that are subsequently archived.

You hereby represent, warrant and covenant that: you are authorized to submit the Film for consideration at the Festival; no consent from, or payment to, any other person or entity is required for the Film to be exhibited at the Festival or for the use of Promotional Materials; no exhibition of the Film at the Festival or use of Promotional Materials will violate or infringe any copyright, trade-mark, privacy rights, publicity rights or any other right of any individual or entity and there is no material in the Film or Promotional Materials that is defamatory; you have paid in full all fees and obtained all consents and permissions necessary for the Festival’s exhibition of the Film at the Festival Awards and use of the Promotional Materials; and you are 19 years of age or older or, if you are younger, you have provided the Festival with a written consent from your parent or legal guardian.

You will promptly provide all necessary information and documentation to confirm the foregoing, upon request by the Festival.

You agree, on your own behalf and on behalf of any person or entity having any rights with respect to the Film to indemnify and hold harmless the Festival, Lakeshore Arts and Fifth Ground, together with their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, licensees and assigns (collectively, “Festival Related Parties”) from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable legal fees and other costs) that may be asserted by any person or entity or may be incurred by any Festival Related Party at any time in connection with the Film or the Festival’s use thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by you.

You acknowledge that the Festival has no obligation to select your Film for an award and/or exhibition at the Festival Awards.

While the Festival will take precautions to handle your Film and Promotional Materials responsibly, the Festival, its committee and staff cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to any materials submitted.

If the Festival cannot be held due to reasons beyond the control of Lakeshore Arts and Fifth Ground:

- The Festival may be held by alternative screening (e.g., virtual or modified screening, or some combination). If there is no physical screening of Films, entrants of award-winning Films will forfeit their right to receive tickets and attend the screening of their Film;
- If the Festival is cancelled entirely without any alternative screening before adjudication of the Films, then all submission fees will be returned;
- If the Festival is cancelled entirely without any alternative screening after adjudication of the Films, then submission fees will be refunded only for those films that have been chosen for exhibition at the Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Linda Spence

    Congratulations to the Lakeshorts team for a very successful festival during a time of tricky COVID protocols. The festival was excellent and safe. It was an honour to be one of the selected film makers and I truly appreciate your commitment to run a modified festival. Great films, safe entertainment and a chance to network and mingle outside with our personal pizzas. I will definitely be back!

    October 2021
  • Michelle Morgan

    I had an outstanding time at the Lakeshorts film festival. The quality of the screening was great and the festival is small enough that networking is fun and easy. This is a great festival that taps into the Toronto film scene.

    May 2019
  • A great festival - brilliantly run and curated. Toronto audiences are always enthusiastic and receptive. Can't wait to submit another film next year.

    May 2019
  • Kim Saltarski

    This is an exceptional festival with a sold-out audience every year. Exceptional value and festival experience for any filmmaker.

    May 2019