The Edmonton Short Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to the elevation of Alberta independent film. Formed in 2013, the ESFF is unique in that it allows local filmmakers to have their works screened publicly outside of the “normal” festival market and is differentiated by its diversity in its programming. Our passion is to help emerging and mid-career artists grow by offering high quality workshops and feedback on the projects they have submitted. We accept trailers, music videos, webseries, commercials, and short films. We also encourage submission of projects that were previously screened, broadcast, or posted publicly.
As a grassroots festival created by filmmakers, we also invite the community into the world of filmmaking through these free events:
- The Filmmaking “Production Basics” Class
- The 48-Hour Mobile Device Filmmaking Challenge
- The ESFF @ K-Days Film Fest
For Alberta moviegoers, the Gala Event offers a red carpet, Hollywood-inspired experience. It offers not just a film screening, but also live music, free hors d’oeuvres, popcorn, and a fun, festive atmosphere.
This year, for 2018, we are embracing the world of 360 Degree technology. For the first time ever, we will be screening 360 films from around the world in the state-of-the-art Zeidler Dome Theatre at the TELUS World of Science. It will be a fully immersive experience in a 10K projection theatre with 17.1 ambisonic sound. While the Gala is catered to Alberta filmmakers, the 360 experience will be open to filmmakers from all over the world.