The Edmonton Short Film Festival (ESFF) is dedicated to the elevation of Alberta Independent film. The 2016  Red Carpet Gala will be held on Saturday evening, October 1. Tickets included a red carpet Hollywood-inspired experience for Edmonton moviegoers, Alberta indie film screenings, live music by  Louise Dawson, complimentary treats by Drift Food Truck and SmokeHouse BBQ, popcorn and a fun, festive atmosphere. Refreshments included craft beer from Village Brewery and craft liquor from Big Rig Distillery. 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 open at 6 PM. Check out the 2016 winning and selected filmmakers here.

The  Free Family Fun Film Fest was  held on Sunday afternoon, October 2.  This inaugural event was supported by Alberta Culture Days as one of their Pop Up Celebration Sites.   This free event included the best of Independent Alberta family friendly movies, Interactive Green Screen , Virtual Reality Demonstrations, Face Painting, Popcorn and more. A concession was available with snacks, soft drinks and water. Pre-Register here for chances at great prizes.

Both events were held  at the  Royal Alberta Museum Theatre 12845-102 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5N 0M6.

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!

NEW IN 2016!! The Free 48 Hour Mobile Film Challenge is 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. You will be given a secret element on September 17th and then 2 days to shoot, edit and upload. Pre Registration is required. All films will be voted on and be adjudicated by a panel of judges. Winners will receive prize(s) and screening(s) at the Edmonton Short Film Festival.

All Alberta based filmmakers that have submitted a paid entry will receive a ticket to the Filmmakers Master Class presented by Telus. This special event will be taught by New York indie filmmaker Roger Sherman, author of Ready, Steady, Shoot- A Pro’s Guide to Smartphone Video. Mr. Sherman will also be teaching about creating movies using mobile device technology. This workshop includes lunch at El Cortez Cantina and is available for a nominal fee to the general public. Purchase Filmmaking Master Class Tickets here.