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.

Awards & Prizes

Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Director
Best Female Director
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound
Best Visual FX
Best Male Actor
Best Female Actor
Audience Choice

Rules & Terms


There is no time limit for films, but be aware that our screening are only an hour long. Please email with a link to subsequent episodes if they are not all available in your submission.

Films must have been completed by 2016 or later.

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 (VSFF), 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, I agree that the VSFF has the right to use clips, images, and/or sound from my film for promotional purposes in the form of, but not limited to, print, radio, television, and Internet media.

6 Reviews

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    Matthew Lucas

    One of the best festivals of our festival tour. The networking opportunity was first rate, the screening was high quality, all the organizers and volunteers were extremely kind and communicated well. I was fortunate to win two awards at VSFF and the winnings both helped me pay people who did me favors on the film and enabled me to jump on board as an EP on another short in Vancouver. As someone who was just visiting from Washington, DC, I was blown away. Top notch fest!

    October 2017
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    Sam Alexander

    This was a fantastic festival! Some great films were showcased.

    February 2017
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    Lexi Wuthrich

    Vancouver Short Film Festival was a very well organized and thrilling event. It was such a wonderful opportunity to see short films from my city and throughout the world and participate in their success!

    February 2017
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    Marco Checa Garcia

    Great festival, we were honoured to screen our short film "2BR02B: To Be or Naught To Be" to such a great audience. No doubt we'll submit our upcoming short films to this festival again.

    February 2017
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    Robert Randall

    My cast and I had a great time being a part of this festival in 2015 with my short Film "Letter to my Future Self." It was very well run and had a great series of screenings including one that was suitable for my young cast members to attend. The premiere short film fest in Western Canada. I will be submitting again in the future. You can watch my short film here:

    August 2016