Online Short Film Festival

  • Call for submissions
  • Canada

Website National Screen Institute

deadline: December 2, 2019

Submissions are now open for the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival.

Accepted films that meet award criteria are eligible for the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award for best film and the new $500 Directors Guild of Canada Award for best director.

NSI Online Short Film Festival winners receive a complimentary Friend membership for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and are qualified to be nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (if award criteria are met).

Your Film Must

  • Be less than 30 minutes (the shorter the better)
  • Have been released after January 1, 2014
  • Fit one of the following genres: drama, comedy, experimental, animation, sci-fi, horror, music video or documentary
  • Be made by a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant. This means the writer, director or producer must be Canadian
  • Be available on YouTube/Vimeo
  • Be created by filmmakers aged 18 years or over
  • Be subtitled in English if your film’s dialogue is in a language other than English.

Also, see a list of films which have won awards in our festival.

Films chosen during this call period will premiere in the NSI Online Short Film Festival between January 13 and March 30, 2020. Films must play for a minimum of three months after their premiere date.

The NSI Online Short Film Festival is a year-round Canadian short film showcase with new films added every week. Since launching in 2008, the festival has awarded over $125K to Canadian media artists. Over 1,000 films are available to watch in the archives.

Films are accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway until Monday, December 2, 2019.

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