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.  Our NEW venue for 2019 is the Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre.

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. Fimmakers from outside of the province have a chance to reach new audiences! The Long Shorts program will play from 2- 6:00PM on October 20th.

With the TREMENDOUS success of our 360°/Virtual Reality screening introduced in 2018, we are once again screening selected films from all around the world on Saturday, October 19, from 5-6:30 PM.

As we continue to offer even MORE value to Alberta filmmakers, and MORE opportunities to screen, this year 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 are being screened at the Red Carpet Gala on October 19. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER to be sure to hear about next year’s ESFF@K-Days FREE events!

Tickets for the gala and long shorts are on sale through Film Freeway until October 15. Advance Pricing: Red Carpet Gala: $21 USD; ESFF Long Shorts $12 USD or SAVE with a Festival Pass $30 USD. Tickets at the door (if available): Red Carpet Gala: $35 CAD; ESFF Long Shorts $15 CAD (no passes will be available for sale after October 15).