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Central Ontario Youth Short Film Festival

The Barrie Film Festival presents its 2nd Central Ontario Youth Short Film Festival (COYSFF). This program is for high school age filmmakers and is a qualifying festival for the Ontario Youth Film Festival (OYFF).

Announcing the 2023 COYSFF’s Official Selections

Listed in alphabetical order:


BEAR HUNTER by Maxford Jeffs

bleachers by Zoe Fan-Chiang

BRIDES by Megan Murphy



LEMONVILLE by Dylan Bona & Omer Citrin


MAY by Charlotte Alarie

STILL by Elijah Marche

TAILS OF THE WERE-COW by William Manning


WORDS EMBEDDED by Megan Murphy


There will be a winning film in each of the 5 categories, winners will be announced September 27th!


July 31, 2023 – COYSFF Submission Deadline

September 27, 2023 – COYSFF 2023 Screening and Awards Show, Barrie, ON

November 16, 2023 – Ontario Youth Film Festival Event Date, London, ON



There is a Cash prize of $300 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. We accept Narrative films with run times between 2-5 minutes.

Documentary – A non-fictional or factual film intended to record and capture some aspect of reality. We accept Documentary films with run times between 2-5 minutes.

Animation – Animation is a series of images produced frame-by-frame and then played in quick succession to create the illusion of movement. We accept Animated works with run times between 2-5 minutes.

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. We accept Experimental works with run times between 2-5 minutes.

Music Video – Music videos tell stories, illustrate lyrics and highlight performances, the components working together to entertain and even enlighten. NOTE: Rights for the music must be obtained prior to submitting. We accept Music Videos with run times between 2-5 minutes.


Rules & Terms

* All entries must be sent via FilmFreeway platform.
* Works in progress are not accepted.
* Films must be completed after January 1, 2021.
* 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 COYSFF and Barrie Film Festival will not be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared materials in your film. (e.g. copyrighted music used without permission.)

Submitters may be subscribed to the Ontario Youth Film Festival newsletter of which they 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 August 15 and November 15, 2023 outside of the COYSFF, Barrie Film Festival, and OYSFF, 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 August 30. COYSFF and the Barrie Film Festival reserves the right to update or modify these terms and policies without prior notice.

We ask that entrants NOT USE SCHOOL EMAIL ACCOUNTS when submitting their Works. (Most communications with official selections occur during the summer period.)


Check out last year’s selections and award winners!

2022 Official Selections/Winners



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.