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Short Film Competition

One of the featured programs at our ten-day fall festival is the annual Short Film Competition. Filmmakers are invited to submit their short films for consideration. An audience favourite, this exciting program presents a selection of short films submitted by regional, national and international filmmakers. This is a juried event and official selections will be publicly screened as part of the Barrie Film Festival’s annual Short Film Program Showcase to be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Of these selections, small prizes will be awarded in various categories. There is no entry fee for the High School and Simcoe County categories.


Deadline: Submissions are now closed.

Notification Date: October 3, 2018

Films must have been received on or before the closing date to be considered.

Barrie Film Festival proudly accepts entries via, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

Films should be no longer than ten (10) minutes in length (including credits) and all genres are eligible including narrative, documentary, animation and experimental film. Corporate and promotional films are not eligible.




Entries must be submitted in digital format (MOV, AVI, MPEG, MP4).

You have the option to also make submissions by mail in which case entries must be submitted as a data DVD containing the digital version of the film (MOV, AVI, MPEG, MP4), plus a standard NTSC DVD or HD Blu-ray copy. All entries sent by mail must be accompanied by a completed online entry form: BFF SHORTS 2018 ENTRY FORM. Please complete a separate application form for each film entered.

All filmmakers submitting a short film for consideration must guarantee that they own all rights associated with their entry including the rights/permissions for use of accompanying music. Please ensure that you have all necessary releases.

Entries must have been completed after January 1, 2016 and must not exceed ten (10) minutes in length (including credits).

Non-English films must have English subtitles embedded into the video or a separate “srt” file be provided.

Films that have been previously submitted to the Short Film Competition are not eligible.

Submissions received by the closing date of competition will be reviewed by a jury and will be judged based on: Production (directing, writing, originality and acting), Cinematography (camerawork, lighting, composition), Sound (music, dialog, effects, mixing), and Post-production (cutting/editing, transitions, pacing). The decisions of the jury are final and the results will be communicated to the entrants via supplied e-mail. Select Prizes will be awarded in an awards ceremony directly following the Short Film Showcase on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

There is no entry fee for the High School and Simcoe County categories. The Open Category is $15 to enter by the August 24 Early Bird deadline, $30 thereafter.

All entries must be accompanied by a completed online entry form, which can be found by Clicking here.



Please complete a separate application form for each film entered.

A brief description/synopsis is also required.

While not mandatory, a promotional CD/DVD/flash drive containing digital high res still images, mini bios, and/or a press kit is always appreciated. The Barrie Film Festival makes every effort to ensure accuracy with the credits listed in the program/promotions but shall not be held liable for errors or omissions, should they occur.

Do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals.



High School: open to filmmakers that created their film while in high school, can be created as part of or independently of a school programme or class. Film must have been made before your 19th Birthday and have been completed after January 1, 2016.

Simcoe County Division: open to all filmmakers, however entrants must reside in the geographic region of Simcoe County (including Barrie) or have been a resident in the last 5 years. Simcoe County is located in the central portion of Southern Ontario, Canada. The County is situated just north of the Greater Toronto area stretching from the shores of Lake Simcoe in the east to Georgian Bay in the west.

Open: open to all independent filmmakers regardless of age or residence.



There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded for each of the three categories: High School, Simcoe County and Open.

“People’s Choice” is awarded to one of the films screened at the Shorts Showcase on October 13th. Votes are cast by the audience immediately following the showcase and the award is presented as part of the Shorts Awards Ceremony.

Additional awards may be added at the recommendation of the jury.

Contact address for mailed submissions:

Short Film Competition
c/o Barrie Film Festival

P.O Box 441, Barrie, ON
Canada L4M 4T5

Tel: 705-481-1004


Please include a filled out entry form which can be found by Clicking here.

Please Note

Entering the competition gives the Barrie Film Festival the right to use the work for public presentation, promotion and education. For the purposes of promotion and education, all entries will be identified as follows: “Provided courtesy of the filmmaker and the Barrie Film Festival”. The Barrie Film Festival reserves the right to disqualify any entry that violates the guidelines of the Short Film Competition as stated. Entries selected for presentation will be kept by the Barrie Film Festival and archived for controlled use as reference material. The Barrie Film Festival cannot be held responsible for damage or loss of materials that might occur in transit.



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