The Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) is committed to the celebration of the vibrant community of Canadian short film, documentary, and animation artists and their works. We focus on elevating talent from British Columbia and connecting BC creators to the greater film industry nation-wide. Building ties between emerging and established professionals, we provide an arena where all short filmmakers, including students, can showcase their films to a public audience and support their fellow colleagues. Our ultimate goal is to connect short filmmakers to a broader audience in order to grow local film industries.

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 Animated Film
Best After Dark Film
Best Director
Best Direction by a Woman
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best Visual FX
Best Performance by a Man
Best Performance by a Woman
Audience Choice

ALL FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS IN “CANADA” CATEGORIES MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE KEY CAST OR KEY CREATIVE CREW MEMBER WHO IS A CANADIAN RESIDENT. Should your film not have at least one key cast or key creative crew member who is a resident of Canada, your film will be disqualified and you will NOT be refunded your entry fee.

ALL FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS IN “BC” CATEGORIES MUST HAVE AT LEAST ONE CAST OR CREW MEMBER WHO IS A BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA) RESIDENT. Should your film not have at least one cast or crew member (ANY role) who is a resident of British Columbia, Canada, you will be refunded your submission fee and asked to re-apply in a “Canada” category.

Festival Submissions that submit in “Canada” categories, but are eligible for BC categories, will be accepted, but will not be refunded any difference in submission fee.

For the purpose of “Key Cast” or “Key Creative Crew Member” as outlined above for “Canada” categories, eligible roles include: Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Lead Performer/Main Subject, Director of Photography, Production Designer, Art Director, Music Composer, Picture Editor, Key Animation, or any other role that may reasonably be considered as a key creative contributor to the production. Please contact us at should you have any questions about your eligibility.

There is no time limit for films, but be aware that our screenings are only 80-100 minutes long.

Films must have been completed by 2018 or later.

For the 2022 edition, 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 key cast or key creative crew who is a Canadian 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
  • Varsha Gill

    I am so grateful that my first film festival experience was with VSFF. They made me feel extremely welcome, and did a fantastic job of creating a meaningful experience for both audiences and filmmakers despite the circumstances. Cheers!

    February 2021
  • Ariel Hansen

    They were able to pull off a great pivot to digital that still included networking events and panels that we could participate in from the safety of our own homes.

    February 2021
  • Anna Anaka

    Despite the current conditions, VSFF created an amazing virtual experience. From fantastic speakers, to a wonderfully diverse line up of films, to excellent networking opportunities with local filmmakers, it was really well organized and fun. Thank you again for all of your hard work and your investment in the local film community!

    February 2021
  • Krit Komkrichwarakool

    Excellent festival with friendly staff and well organized screenings and events. It was a pleasure to be a part of their 2021 edition.

    February 2021
  • The festival made an amazing virtual experience for the filmmakers. The films came from different backgrounds and parts of life which showed the festival’s hard work behind the scenes in choosing them.

    February 2021