The Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) is committed to the celebration of the vibrant community of short film, video, and animation artists on the Canadian West Coast. We hope to build ties between emerging and established professionals, and provide an arena where all short filmmakers, including students, can screen their films in public and support their fellow colleagues. Our ultimate goal is to connect short filmmakers to a broader audience in order to grow the local film industry.

VSFF accepts all formats and genres of short-form content (other than VR/AR content), including but not limited to: Narrative, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Web Series episodes, Drama, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Fantasy, Noir, and more.

Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Documentary Film
Best After Dark Film
Best Director
Best Female Director
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best Visual FX
Best Male Actor
Best Female Actor
Audience Choice


There is no time limit for films, but be aware that our screenings are only 70-90 minutes long.

Films must have been completed by 2017 or later.

The Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) is closely monitoring the guidelines and regulations regarding COVID-19’s effect on live screenings, festivals, and events in Vancouver. VSFF reserves the right to alter, postpone or otherwise change the format in which VSFF is delivered in response to COVID-19, which may include in-person and/or online screenings and events that may or may not be delivered during the festival’s current Event Date.

By submitting this form and film entry, I guarantee that the submission is original work and that there are no ownership or copyright disputes regarding my entry. I am authorized to submit this film and affirm that my submission will not violate any law or right of any person or entity.

I indemnify and hold The Vancouver Short Film Festival Society, its directors, producers, staff, volunteers, and affiliated entities harmless and will defend them against any damage to or loss of the film, any claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities and expenses, including attorney’s fees, arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties based on my work submitted to The Vancouver Short Film Festival.

I understand that failure to comply with The Vancouver Short Film Festival guidelines will disqualify my entry and result in forfeiture of my submission fee. Should your film not have at least one cast or crew who is a BC, Canada resident your film will be disqualified and you will NOT be refunded your entry fee. By submitting your film to the VSFF, you agree that the VSFF has the right to use clips, images, and/or sound from your film for promotional purposes in the form of, but not limited to, print, radio, television, and Internet media.

Overall Rating
  • Alayna Silverberg

    I love this festival! Super supportive of indie filmmakers and really fast communication. Great hosts!!

    April 2020
  • The VSFF crew were so welcoming and treated our team so well, I am not from Vancouver and everyone really went out of their way to treat us so well and I'm so grateful. In addition to a great screening experience, their extra touches like offering headshots from an amazing headshot photographer and all the little things they did for audience and filmmakers made it such an inclusive and enjoyable experience. I will definitely be submitting to their festival again.

    February 2020
  • Ryley O'Byrne

    Vancouver Short Film Festival was a great experience. The weekend was lively and everyone at the festival was supportive and helpful. Thank you so much!

    February 2020
  • VSFF was a great place to premiere our film, here at home in Vancouver. A great event for BC Filmmakers, we made many new connections and saw many great BC shorts! Highly recommended.

    February 2019
  • Daniel Stark

    This was our first film festival and knew little of what to expect. It far exceeded our expectations. Every program was sold out and the audiences were great. The films entered were fantastic and showcased a wide variety of topics, genres and budget levels. The organizers were great to communicate with and the networking opportunities felt natural and worthwhile. I will be applying again in the future! Great job VSFF!

    February 2019