Film Makers

Edmonton Short Film Festival co-host Sharlene Millang congratulating a winning filmmaker.

Edmonton Short Film Festival co-host Sharlene Millang congratulating a winning 2015 filmmaker.

WIN CASH AWARDS for the best in category! In addition to the juried awards, there is an opportunity to win the Peoples’ Choice award, which is chosen by the audience at the October 13 Gala event.

Submission Information:

The Edmonton Short Film Festival welcomes ALL short film projects that are 15 minutes or less as long as you are an Alberta Filmmaker you qualify.  Yup. Anything (except extreme violence, hatred, pornographic or copyrighted material).  You don’t have something new? That’s okay! Drag out something from your archives … maybe you have a fabulous film that you would love to show again.  You’re working on a feature?  Send us your trailer to promote the project!  Of course, we also accept the “usual” – short dramatic or comedic narratives, horror, music videos, web series, documentaries and animations. 

The ESFF jury selects independently-created films based on the technical excellence and entertainment value. 

If your linear film is selected you will need to provide:
A. 1920 x 1080 version of your film in a .mov Apple Pro Res 4:2:2 (HQ)  or .mp4  H.264 format


If your 360/VR film is selected for the 360 Degree event you will need to provide the film in the highest quality possible:
A. MOV or MP4 format or as a PNG image sequence with accompanying WAV audio file. 
B. Ideally 4,096 x 4,096 pixel (or higher) fisheye domemaster formatted for a hemispherical dome.  
C. If your film is in equarectangular format, it must be at least 4,096 x 2,048 (or higher). 
D. Our technicians will convert your equarectangular film to work in our hemispherical dome. Note the bottom one-third to one- half of your film may be cut off due to the shape of the hemispherical dome. 


 Filmmakers will be contacted and selected films will be announced on September 11. 

You are invited to submit more than one project for consideration; however, due to the limited screening time available, we are only able to select one of your projects to screen.

On Friday evening, October 12 plan to attend the 360/VR Screening at the Zeidler Dome Theatre, This is the first of its kind in North America and will be a once in a life time experience. Tickets start at $15.75 and combo tickets are available with the Red Carpet Gala.

Please set aside Saturday night, October 13, to attend the Festival Gala.  Admission to attend the Festival Gala is as low as $16.25 per person (advance purchase) or $25 at the door. Tickets which will include hors d’oeuvres and live music during intermission.  Beverages will also be available to purchase before the screenings and throughout the intermission.