About Edmonton Short Film Festival

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

Due to COVID all 2020 events will be online.

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. 

The famous Red Carpet Gala is making it’s 8th appearance this year on October 17 and showcases the best of Alberta film under 15 minutes. The Long Shorts program, films up to 60 minutes, created inside and outside of Alberta takes  place on October 18.  Our 360°/Virtual Reality screening has been postponed to 2021. 

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  was held July 17-19, 2020. All films completed at the Challenge were screened at an online Watch Party on July 26. . The Best Judged film, “Touch My Skin” will be  screened at the Red Carpet Gala on October 17 with the Best Marketed film  “A Funny Look” and the Best Use of Secret Elements “Noncombatants” screening on October 18.

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