Question by Kirk Max: Are there any short film contests available in Toronto or online?
I’m looking for any short film contests I can enter online or in Toronto. It doesn’t matter if the final deadline for this year has passed, I can enter next year as well.
So far I’ve only been able to find The Indie Short Film Competition.
I don’t need many details, just a link to the website would help.
Answer by ghost orchid
The Worldwide Short Film Festival is taking place as we speak in Toronto (it’s in Toronto every year) and I highly recommend submitting. Even if your film isn’t accepted in the festival competition, it’ll be available in the festival “marketplace” where industry delegates browse all the submissions and choose films they may want to distribute or purchase.
Also, if you’re a student, many programs include one or two student films, so they won’t dismiss you if you’re a bit experienced. Just keep in mind that the longer your short is, the more spectacular it has to be for them to justify the time length.
The National Film Board of Canada also has an annual online short competition:
I recommend calling or visiting the NFB (it’s in Toronto) to get info about submitting.
And, in Toronto, a smaller film festival:
The Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival
Finally, if you want to find more competitive festivals to submit to, try this directory:
It has a lot of great international options.
As to online contests, not festivals, Filmaka usually has something running open to different nationalities:
I think your best bet, though, is to submit to competitive festivals. Even if you don’t win, being included in a festival is great exposure.
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