About Edmonton Short Film Festival

The 2019 Edmonton Short Film Festival was a big hit with audiences and filmmakers.

The Edmonton Short Film Festival (ESFF) showcases independent filmmakers outside of the “normal” festival market, featuring diverse projects (newly created or “dusted off” favourites) such as trailers, music videos, web series, commercials, short films! The main focus of ESFF is to elevate and promote Alberta Independent short film and the local film community. 

In 2019 we introduced a second day of screenings for longer form short films (up to 60 minutes) and for films created outside of Alberta – Long Shorts. Fimmakers from outside of the province have an opportunity to reach new audiences!

With the TREMENDOUS success of our 360°/Virtual Reality screening introduced in 2018, we are continuing screening this unique format providing our guests with a new experience..

We strive to offer even MORE value to Alberta filmmakers, and MORE opportunities to screen, in 2019 we offered an ALBERTA BONUS OPPORTUNITY! The Edmonton Short Film Festival partners with several other family-oriented community events in the Edmonton area, and Alberta filmmakers were invited to add on an “Alberta Bonus” to their submission. WATCH for ESFF@ for your chance to enjoy these short films at community events.

The FREE 48 Hour Mobile Device Film Challenge sponsored by K-Days and Northlands was held July 19-21, 2019. All films completed at the Challenge were screened at the Edmonton Expo Centre on July 28. The three winning films from the ESFF@K-Days were screened at the Red Carpet Gala on October 19. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER to be sure to hear about this year’s Mobile Device Filmmaking Workshop and Challenge – both which are FREE!