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, web series, 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 workshops and free events such as the 48-hour Mobile Device Filmmaking Challenge.
For Alberta moviegoers, the Gala Event offers a red carpet, Hollywood-inspired experience. The event includes watching 360° films on Virtual Reality headsets, film screenings, live music, hors d’oeuvres, popcorn, and a fun, festive atmosphere.