Please note: We have moved all of our submissions to the Film Freeway Platform including online ticket sales.

The Edmonton Short Film Festival welcomes a wide variety of short film projects including short dramatic or comedic narratives, horror, music videos, web series, documentaries and animations – even commercials and trailers!  (Note that we will disqualify films deemed to contain extreme violence, language, hatred, pornography or copyrighted material.) There are NO LIMITS to the creation date of your project, so if you have a film gathering dust in your archives and you would love to see it on the big screen, send it in!

Alberta films that are 15 minutes or less may be submitted to the genre categories to be screened at the Red Carpet Gala. Films that are over 15 minutes or created outside of Alberta are eligible for screening at our NEW ESFF LONG SHORTS (maximum length 60 minutes).

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.

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

Call For Entries at the Edmonton Short Film Festivals

Call For Entries for the Edmonton Short Film Festivals

The Edmonton Short Film Festival (ESFF) is dedicated to the elevation of Alberta Independent film. The ESFF gala event showcases Alberta filmmakers outside of the “normal” festival market and features diverse projects (newly created or “dusted off” favourites) including: trailers, music videos, web series, commercials, short films … as long as it’s less than 15 minutes, we’ll accept it!

NEW CATEGORIES THIS YEAR – for our Canadian and International filmmakers!

1. We are accepting 360/Virtual Reality films that will be showcased before the red carpet gala using state-of-the-art VR headsets.
2. We have added a second day of screenings that is open to Canadian and International filmmakers … our LONG SHORTS day of film will accept submissions up to 60 minutes in length, any creation date, from anywhere in the world.