ESFF Community Event Screenings - Edmonton Short Film Festival

​Local Heroes at Kaleido Family Arts Festival

September 17 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Alberta Avenue Community League | Free Admission

Local Heroes Film Festival, presented by Edmonton Short Film Festival, is pleased to bring a curated lineup of independent short films by Alberta filmmakers to the Kaleido Family Arts Festival.

Support local creatives and make “movie-worthy” memories with short films the whole family will love.


free event in honour and recognition of Indigenous History Month. Local Heroes Film Festival is bringing you a screening of short films in recognition and celebration of National Indigenous History Month.

On June 25th we will be hosting a Meet the Directors Mixer, live in-person screening, and sharing the films with our online audiences.

The talented directors of the featured films will be on-site for our Meet the Director Mixer from 8-9pm. 

Come to WhiskeyJack Art House meet and chat with them, or tune into our social channels to see exclusive interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage of the event. This is a chance to learn more about these artists, the stories behind their work, and what this month means to them.

The Lineup – Screening from 9:30-10:30 PM [at Dreamspeakers Festival Society – 11051 97 St NW #201, Edmonton]:

  • The Hour ( Mamas Song) – Rellik (Artist: Bill LeBlanc)- Director Doug Bedard
  • Hop Along Hang On – Director Cobra Collins
  • How the World is Painted – Director Mia Fortier
  • Happiness – Director Jack Belhumeur
  • RKLSS – Director Tank Standing Buffalo
  • Lot – Director Eric Spoeth
  • The Ancestral Tree – Director p.a. duquette
  • My Lyric I Never Knew – Director Nauzanin Knight

This is an outdoor event and will occur rain or shine.

***Please bring your own lawn chair*** dress for the weather and umbrellas are welcome.

Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase!

PLEASE NOTE: Our live in-person event is free to attend and does NOT require a ticket.

If you can’t make it in person, the films will be available for online viewing from June 26-27th.

FOR ONLINE ATTENDANCE: please proceed to Eventbrite:


It’s the Pride after-party! Kick-back with a free screening of indie films that uplift LGBTQ+ voices. Foundry on Whyte, July 1 from 12-1pm.

Join us at the Foundry on Whyte on July 1 to uplift LGBTQ+ voices with a free screening of short films.

The works of creative visual artists share stories of love and identity, celebratory music, and queer perspectives.

THE LINEUP ( at Foundry On Whyte: 10426 82 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton)

  • Breathe | Directed by Christina Estillore
  • The Other Side of the Rainbow | Directed by Angel Peterson
  • BLUE | Directed by Jason Hamilton
  • Hands on My Body | Directed by Mariya Stokes
  • Dear Diary: Coming Out | Directed by Megan Strachan
  • Saneish Middle Class Asians | Directed by Alyx Bui

In full support of the LGBTQ+ community, Local Heroes Film Festival with Pride is presented by the Edmonton Short Film Festival in partnership with the Foundry Room.

Free to attend, no ticket required!

*Please be aware that, regrettably, the venue is on the second floor with stair access only. We sincerely apologize for the accessibility restriction.



ESFF with Black History Month
Join us on February 26 at 1:00 PM at the P.E.R.C. Building in Stony Plain (5413 51 St. Stony Plain – next door to the Stony Plain Multicultural Heritage Centre) as we celebrate Black History Month with a screening of short films featuring Black creatives. Enjoy snacks and beverages and a great selection of short films – sponsored by the Stony Plain Multicultural Heritage Centre.
Framed Directed by Nic Collar
Mean Hakeem Directed by Evan Bourque
Race Annoymous Directed by Melanee Murray
Shades of Worth Directed by Nauzanin Knight
Illusion: The Fear Directed by Valécia Pépin
1000 Brazils of Truth Directed by Sheena Rossiter , Sandro Silva
Black and Blue Directed by Justin Kueber

ESFF@International Festival of Winter Cinema (IFWC)

Need to get out of the house? We’ve partnered with IFWC – the world’s only free outdoor all-winter film festival – to present a screening of short film by Albertan filmmakers.

Perfect for a date night, meeting up with a few friends, or a family outing. The films will be projected onto a giant “snow screen” – need we say more?

Join us on February 18 from 6:15 -7:30 PM at Hawrelak Park (Silver Skate Festival)

Melted Hearts Directed by Cole Stevenson
The Useless Mutant Directed by Matt Altstadt
Bunny Don’t Let ‘Em Get Your Goat Directed by Daniel Blanchard, Ernst Cedar-Beithstrom
Pollution Solution Directed by The Bum Family
Paradise Directed by Angel Lo
Bowness Directed by Kara Bullock
The Preparator Directed by Aquiles Ascencion
The Campaign Directed by Jack Parker
Northern Nightengale Directed by Natasha Soper
Where Monsters Dwell Directed by Jordan Bouma

​ESFF@Downtown Light up

Every year, Churchill Square is adorned with a massive tree decorated with hundreds of twinkling lights sure to inspire oohs and ahhs. This year’s Downtown Holiday Light Up festivities will be bigger and better than ever! Head to the heart of the city from November 20 to January 2 to create lasting memories at downtown Edmonton’s must-see holiday destination. You can visit the tree any day of the week, but you’ll find special programming every other Saturday (November 20, December 4, & December 18) with live entertainment, art, movies, hot bevvies and maple taffy on snow.

The Downtown Holiday Light Up is presented by the Edmonton Downtown Business Association and sponsored by EPCOR, Millar Western Forest Products, and the City of Edmonton.



We are pleased to present 6 films by Alberta Independent Filmmakers on Saturday Sept. 25 from 8:30-9:30pm at an exciting new initiative in downtown Edmonton – This will be our 4th Community Screening event for 2021!

Root 107 is located outdoors so be prepared if it is a rainy evening! There is limited seating so please bring your own lawn chair. 

Along with seeing some incredible films by Alberta filmmakers there will be food trucks available for nibblies and refreshments.

The following films will be screened:

“The Retribution of J.W.R ” by Craig Sorensen

“Honorable Sins” by Susan Singh

Bark by Eric Durnford

One Minute To Prove Yourself by Christina Estillore

The Witch of Odova Woods by Justin Cauti

Bunny, Don’t Let ‘Em Get Your Goat. by Daniel Blanchard

ESFF@Root107 is sponsored by the Downtown Business Association.


ESFF @ Kaleido

September 11th, 2021 at 3 PM

St. Faith’s Anglican Church: 11725 93 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 1E2

The Edmonton Short Film Festival is bringing a specially curated selection of short films for you to enjoy in a safe and inclusive setting.

That’s why ESFF is @ Kaleido Festival! We’ll be screening short films as part of this free, family-friendly event presented by Arts on the Ave.

These short films, by Alberta independent filmmakers, offer a diverse range of stories – all of which remind us of the human desire to explore and connect. Stories that evoke feelings, are reflective of us and our communities. Stories that fulfill our search for information and influence our outlook on everyday life – bringing us out of our daily routine and allowing us to encounter new places, experiences and ideas.

We are thankful for the support of EPCOR’s #HeartAndSoulFund!

This fund was designed to help the arts community and charitable organizations build resilience and deliver programming that uplifts Edmontonians. Learn more at

In honour of the 2021 National Indigenous History Month, the Edmonton Short Film Festival and the Dreamspeakers Film Society is proud to be hosting a free outdoor screening of incredible films by Alberta Indigenous artists. This is an opportunity to uplift the voices of Indigenous artists in a celebratory way; to have fun, enjoy the magic of film, be part of your community and remain safe.

We’d love for you to join us on June 26th, 2021 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm (block party style!) in the rear parkade of Dreamspeakers location at 11051 – 97 Street.

This is an outdoor event & will run rain or shine and you are welcome to bring your own seating. An Indigenous gift shop and cafe will be open along with public washroom access.

All Covid19 protocols will be in place, including security, to ensure that our guests are safe and feel secure.

There are limited amount of free tickets available. Mask up and come watch!