We are a non-profit organization for youth filmmakers open to all students registered in high school across Ontario. A great place to learn, create and grow, the Ontario Youth Film Festival, along with our partner regional festivals, works to nurture the development of young aspiring filmmakers. We celebrate, inspire, and promote the future storytellers of Ontario.
If you are located in Southwestern Ontario you should enter at Forest City Youth Film Festival.
If you are located in Central Ontario you should enter at Central Ontario Youth Shorts Film Festival.

Cash prizes for the winning film in each category

* All entries must be sent via FilmFreeway.
* Works in progress are not accepted.
* Films must be completed after January 1, 2020.
* To qualify for submission the Director and all team members must be registered in a high school in Ontario at the time of submission.
* We accept and celebrate the diversity of our country and encourage submissions in English, French, newcomer, and/or Indigenous languages.
* The decision of the Judges and Selection Committee is final.

Terms and Conditions:

By submitting to the festival, you agree to allow your film (or other artistic work) to be screened by the festival during the festival duration, for which you are submitting, at no charge to the festival. If there are to be any additional screenings, we will come to a mutual agreement between the filmmaker and the festival.

All films selected by the festival will be asked to provide promotional materials, but we ask that no promotional materials be sent until selected and notified.

By submitting to the festival you are admitting copyright ownership of everything submitted and by submitting a work for consideration (a Work), entrant hereby grants the festival the following non-exclusive, irrevocable rights to use and display the names, voices, photographs, likenesses, and biographies of the entrant and the Work's director and producer for advertising, publicizing, and promoting the Works in any media.

You understand and acknowledge that, if you are under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must agree to the terms of the Filmmaker/Guardian Release on your behalf.

The festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission at any time if there is any question of ownership, copyright infringement, or any sign of disrespect (in any form of media) to the festival or its representatives. The festival will not be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared materials in your film.

All submitters will be automatically subscribed to the Ontario Youth Film Festival newsletter and may opt out at any time.

Films that are posted publicly on YouTube or other public video sites cannot be screened in competition at our festival. We ask that films submitted not screen publicly in Ontario between September 1 and October 31 outside of the festival, and that they not be posted publicly online during that time.

Films that are official selections are not permitted to withdraw from the festival after September 15. OYFF reserves the right to update or modify these terms and policies without prior notice.

Please DO NOT use school email accounts to submit if at all possible as most communications with finalists occur during the summer period.