The Edmonton Short Film Festival (ESFF) is dedicated to the elevation of Alberta Independent film. Film submissions open on May 1, 2017 and final submissions end on August 30. The 2017  Red Carpet Gala will be held on Saturday evening, October 14. Tickets included a red carpet Hollywood-inspired experience for Edmonton moviegoers, Alberta indie film screenings, live music , complimentary treats, popcorn and a fun, festive atmosphere. Refreshments will includ craft beer from and craft liquor. 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 will be  held on Sunday afternoon, October 15.  This free event includes the best of Independent Alberta family friendly movies and more. A concession will be available with snacks, soft drinks and water. Pre-Register here for chances at great prizes.

Both events will be held  at the  Royal Alberta Museum Theatre 12845-102 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5N 0M6. The theatre and lobby are open but the exhibits are now closed.

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!

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. You will be given a secret element on September 17th and then 2 days to shoot, edit and upload. Pre Registration is required and the event will take place from September 29 to October1. 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.

The Filmmaker Skills Class will be on September 23. This will be a full day workshop with classes on Lighting for the Camera, Directing Actors and Sound Design. Lunch is included and all film submissions will receive a complimentary ticket. A limited number of tickets will be available as well. More details coming soon.