Red Carpet Gala

Join us in 2019 for some of the best, most diverse films from the Alberta film community .

Expect to be entertained by a variety of projects … our adjudication team reviews thousands of minutes of film and narrows these down to 90 minutes of laughter, screams, tears and amazement for you to enjoy at our Gala event on Saturday night.

You may see everything from a 30-second trailer to a 15-minute short film. We screen comedies, horrors, dramas, documentaries, web episodes, trailers, animation, commercials and experimental films and videos … and we encourage filmmakers to dig out their previously screened and award-winning projects that they may want to show again.

Enjoy the paparazzi atmosphere as you get your complimentary photo taken in front of the ESFF’s custom backdrop. RETURNING FOR 2019! Our inaugural 360°/Virtual Reality screening was SO successful, that we are once again opening our doors early to share these films using state-of-the-art headsets. Of course, if you just want to arrive early and enjoy time meeting film creators and enthusiasts, you are welcome to come hang out – the bar will be open and the popcorn will be ready. 

What else is there for you besides watching some great short films? This is a red carpet, Hollywood-inspired event! Take selfies, tag and share your photos on Facebook and Instagram; post messages and photos on our Twitter Wall. Interact and be part of the excitement!

Included in your ticket price is a live social media experience, complimentary hors d’ouevres from Mercer’s Catering and live music by Adeaze Hubbard over the intermission. The bar, hosted by our friends at Metro Cinema, will be open before the screening and during the intermission, proudly serving craft beer from the Village Brewery as well as a selection of wines. 

The 2019 Edmonton Short Film Festival Gala is on Saturday evening, October 19 at Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street. We expect to sell out, so encourage you to purchase your tickets early! Advance sales end on October 15.