Edmonton born Hollywood actor Josh Emerson will be the keynote speaker at the Free Family Fun Festival.

Join us as Edmonton born Hollywood actor Josh Emerson premiered his short film and had a Q & A following the movie on Oct. 15, 2017

The Edmonton Short Film Festival (ESFF) is dedicated to the elevation of Alberta Independent film. This year’s winning  filmmakers are listed here!

Film submissions open May 1, 2018, with Early Bird deadline on June 30, 2018 and the Final deadline on August 25, 2018.  The Filmmakers Skills Class will be on September 15, 2018. The 48 Hour Challenge will take place from September 29-30, 2018.  The Festival screenings will happen on October 12-14, 2018. Stay tuned for exciting updates.

The 2017  Red Carpet Gala was held on Saturday evening, October 14. Tickets include a red carpet Hollywood-inspired experience for Edmonton moviegoers, Alberta indie film screenings, live music by Olivia Rose, complimentary treats from Drift Food Truck, popcorn from SERVUS and a fun, festive atmosphere. A cash bar will be serving local craft beer from Village Brewery and a selection of wines. The audience plays a huge role in the success of the evening by choosing their favourite film which will be presented the coveted People’s Choice Award. Doors opened at 6 PM. This year’s winning  filmmakers are listed here!

The  Free Family Fun Film Fest was  held on Sunday afternoon, October 15.  This free event was part of the Canada 150 Celebrations and included the best of Independent Alberta family friendly movies and more.  Hollywood actor Josh Emerson  screened the Canadian premiere of his short film “Tide of Whispers”  and interacted with the audience for an informative Q & A that followed the film. 

Both events were held  at the  Royal Alberta Museum Theatre 12845-102 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5N 0M6.  The Museum facilities are now closed and the ESFF is on the hunt for a new venue! Contact us with your ideas for our next theatre!

The Free 48 Hour Mobile Film Challenge is here and vibrant in Alberta! All you need is a mobile device, some editing software ( or you can choose to shoot in camera where all your shots are in sequence) and the ability to upload to youtube.  See the final films and the winners here!  The 2017 Challenge was powered by Pixel Blue College.

The ESFF showcases Alberta filmmakers outside of the “normal” festival market and features diverse projects (newly created or “dusted off” favourites) including: trailers, music videos, web series, commercials, short films … as long as it’s less than 15 minutes, we’ll accept it! Submissions are now closed and will reopen on May 1, 2018.

 The Filmmaker Skills Class was held on September 23 from 10am-3pm at The King’s University. This was a full day workshop with classes on Lighting for the Camera, Directing Actors and Sound Design. Lunch was included and all film submissions received a complimentary ticket. A limited number of tickets were  available as well. Pictures and videos will be online soon.