Film Makers

Edmonton Short Film Festival co-host Sharlene Millang congratulating a winning filmmaker.

Edmonton Short Film Festival co-host Sharlene Millang congratulating a winning 2015 filmmaker.

Screening fees are paid for every film screened at Edmonton Short Film Festival events. WIN AWARDS for the best in each category! In addition to the juried awards, there is an opportunity to win the Peoples’ Choice cash prize, which is chosen by the audience at the Gala event.

Submission Information:
The Edmonton Short Film Festival welcomes a wide variety of short film projects.  Yup. Anything (except extreme violence, language, hatred, pornography or copyrighted material). You don’t have something new? That’s okay! Drag out a passion project from your archives … maybe you have a fabulous film that you would love to show again. You’re working on a feature? Send us your trailer to promote the project! Maybe you’ve created a commercial that you are especially proud of … send it in! Of course, we also accept the “usual” – short dramatic or comedic narratives, horror, music videos, web series, documentaries and animations. 

Alberta films that are 15 minutes or less may be submitted to the genre categories; the Red Carpet Gala on Saturday night, October 19, celebrates Alberta independent short film. Films that are over 15 minutes or created outside of Alberta are eligible for screening at our NEW ESFF LONG SHORTS program on Sunday afternoon, October 20. The Sunday program will also include a Conversation with Adam Scorgie, an award-winning documentary filmmaker from Alberta [credits include Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo (2019), Making Coco: The Grant Fuhr Story (2018) and Ice Guardians (2016)].

The ESFF jury selects independently-created films based on technical excellence and entertainment value. Notifications will be sent to all submitters by September 11.

If your film is selected you will need to provide:
A. 1920 x 1080 version of your film in a .mov Apple Pro Res 4:2:2 (HQ)  or .mp4  H.264 format
B. 3 High Resolution stills 
C. Social Media Handles
D. Director’s Bio (max 350 characters)


You are invited to submit more than one project for consideration; however, due to the limited screening time available, we are only able to select one of your projects to screen.

Please set aside Saturday night, October 19, 2019 to attend the Festival Gala.  Admission to attend the Festival Gala is as low as $21 per person (advance purchase) or $35 (includes GST) at the door. Tickets include popcorn, hors d’oeuvres by Mercer’s Catering, 360°/Virtual Reality film screening, interactive social media wall, red carpet photos, and live music during intermission.  Beverages will also be available to purchase before the screenings and throughout the intermission.