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Central Ontario Youth Short Film Festival


The Barrie Film Festival is excited to announce both the winners and jury’s official selections for the inaugural Central Ontario Youth Short Film Festival (COYSFF). This new program is for high school age filmmakers and is a qualifying festival for the Ontario Youth Film Festival (OYFF). All our official selections are 2022 OYFF nominees. The OYFF’s virtual awards and screening is on November 3rd, 7:00 PM.

For the OYFF’s full list of nominees per category, see the screenings and awards page: CLICK HERE

Best of luck to all the filmmakers!

2022 COYSFF Award winners:

Winner of the 2022 COYSFF Animation Category:
Unrooted – directed by Nina Rafique from Etobicoke School of the Arts


Winner of the 2022 COYSFF Documentary Category:
Parental Voices – directed by Megan Alicia Murphy – Etobicoke School of the Arts


Winner of the 2022 COYSFF Experimental Category:
deadline – directed by Sylvie Claire Potje from Bear Creek Secondary


Winner of the 2022 Narrative Category:
Sneeze – directed by Johnny Tsatsos from Unionville High School.


2022 Official Selections (in alphabetical order):

Art Works
Directed by Maggie Kane

Director: Sylvie Claire Potje

Directed by Meghan Elizabeth Sanders

Hollow Home
Directed by Nina Rafique

Parental Voices
Directed by Megan Alicia Murphy

Directed by Johnny Tsatsos

The Adventures Of Marg
Directed by Chloe Clune

There is hope
Directed by Cailan Laine Punnewaert

Trip Switch
Directed by Sophie Virio

Directed by Nina Rafique

Where I Belong
Directed by Cailan Laine Punnewaert



October 6, 2022 – COYSFF 2022 Screening and Awards Show, Galaxy Cinemas Barrie, ON

November 3, 2022 – OYFF 2022 Screening and Awards Show, London, ON

OYFF Screening and Awards Show livestream link, Nov 3rd, 7:00 pm – CLICK HERE




There are Cash prizes for the winning film in each category. You must be a high school student in Central Ontario to submit.

Narrative – A film that tells a fictional or fictionalized story, event or narrative. Maximum 5 minutes in length.

Documentary – A non-fictional film intended to record and capture some aspect of reality. Maximum 5 minutes in length.

Animation – Any style of animation with a narrative. Maximum 3 minutes in length.

Experimental – Explorations of visual images and audio to evoke emotions and see the world through a creative lens. Entries may be abstract and/or artistic. Maximum 3 minutes in length.

Music Video – A short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for artistic purposes. Rights for the music must be obtained prior to submitting.


Rules & Terms

* All entries must be sent via FilmFreeway platform.
* Works in progress are not accepted.
* Films must be completed after January 1, 2020.
* To qualify for submission the Director and all team members must be registered in a high school in Central Ontario at the time of submission.
* We accept and celebrate the diversity of our country and encourage submissions in English, French, newcomer, and/or Indigenous languages.
* The decision of the Judges and Selection Committee is final.


Terms and Conditions:

By submitting to the festival, you agree to allow your film (or other artistic work) to be screened by the festival during the festival duration, for which you are submitting, at no charge to the festival. If there are to be any additional screenings, we will come to a mutual agreement between the filmmaker and the festival.

All films selected by the festival will be asked to provide promotional materials, but we ask that no promotional materials be sent until selected and notified.

By submitting to the festival you are admitting copyright ownership of everything submitted and by submitting a work for consideration (a work), entrant hereby grants the festival the following non-exclusive, irrevocable rights to use and display the names, voices, photographs, likenesses, and biographies of the entrant and the work’s director and producer for advertising, publicizing, and promoting the works in any media.

You understand and acknowledge that, if you are under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must agree to the terms of the Filmmaker/Guardian Release on your behalf.

The festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission at any time if there is any question of ownership, copyright infringement, or any sign of disrespect (in any form of media) to the festival or its representatives. The festival will not be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared materials in your film.

All submitters will be automatically subscribed to the Ontario Youth Film Festival newsletter and may opt out at any time.

Films that are posted publicly on YouTube or other public video sites cannot be screened in competition at our festival. We ask that films submitted not screen publicly in Ontario between September 1 and October 31 outside of the festival, and that they not be posted publicly online during that time.

Films that are official selections are not permitted to withdraw from the festival after September 15. COYSFF reserves the right to update or modify these terms and policies without prior notice.

Please DO NOT use school email accounts to submit if at all possible as most communications with finalists occur during the summer period.


The Barrie Film Festival’s inaugural Central Ontario Youth Short Film Festival is an affiliated film festival with the Ontario Youth Film Festivalworking together to celebrate the work and talent of high school filmmakers in Ontario.