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About Edmonton Short Film Festival

Over 375 Film Lovers came to see the best of Alberta Indie Film on September 26th at the Royal Alberta Museum Theatre.

Over 375 Film Lovers came to see the best of Alberta Indie Film on September 26th, 2017 at the Royal Alberta Museum Theatre.

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, as well as to offer filmmakers from outside of the province to reach new audiences with their short films.

NEW for 2019! We have introduced a second day of screenings for longer form short films (up to 60 minutes) and for films created outside of Alberta.

With the TREMENDOUS success of our 360°/Virtual Reality screening introduced in 2018, we are accepting submissions from anywhere in the world to be part of this portion of the Festival.

PLUS – add-on ALBERTA BONUS OPPORTUNITY! The Edmonton Short Film Festival partners with several other family-oriented community events in the Edmonton area, and Alberta filmmakers are invited to add on an “Alberta Bonus” to their submission. For only $5, your family-friendly film will be considered for screening (screening fees paid) at these events.

The FREE 48 Hour Mobile Device Film Challenge sponsored by K-Days and Northlands is from July 19-21, 2019. Alberta filmmakers of all ages and abilities are invited to participate. Thanks to McBain and Panasonic, over $1000 in prizes are available!

All films completed at the Challenge will be screened at the Edmonton Expo Centre on July 28. The winners of top judged film, best marketed film, and best use of elements film will all be screened at the Edmonton Short Film Festival where they will receive screening fees and be eligible for the Peoples’ Choice Award. Register here!

Tickets will go on sale through Film Freeway starting August 1. Advance Pricing: Red Carpet Gala: $21; ESFF Long Shorts $12; Festival Pass $30. Tickets at the door (if available): Red Carpet Gala: $35; ESFF Long Shorts $15 (no passes will be available).