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 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 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 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 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 who is a resident of British Columbia, Canada, your film will be disqualified and you will NOT be refunded your entry fee.

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 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 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
  • 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