One of the featured programs of our fall festival is the annual Short Film Competition. Filmmakers were invited to submit their short films for consideration. This audience favourite is an exciting program that presents a selection of short films submitted by regional, national and international filmmakers. This is a juried event and the official selections will be publicly screened as part of the Barrie Film Festival’s annual Short Film Program Showcase on October 3, 2020.
Notification Date: September 25, 2020
Open Category Earlybird deadline is August 21, 2020 – $15 then goes up to $30.
There is no entry fee for the Simcoe County or High School Categories.
Films must have been received on or before the closing date to be considered.
Video: BFF Shorts | Advice for Filmmakers: Filmmakers in order of appearance: Andrew Korogyi, Brendan Hiles, Preston Carruthers, Mitch Graszat, Faith Howe and Cameron Killingsworth. Produced by: Travesty Productions
Proudly funded in part by The County of Simcoe
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, 2018.
Simcoe County Division: Open to all filmmakers, however entrants must reside in the geographic region of Simcoe County (including Barrie, Ontario, Canada) or have been a resident in the last 5 years. Simcoe County is located in the central portion of Southern Ontario, Canada. Film must have been completed after January 1, 2018.
Open: Open to all independent filmmakers regardless of age or residence. Film must have been completed after January 1, 2018. Earlybird rate for submitting in this category is $15 – deadline is August 21, 2020; then rate goes up to $30.
There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded for each of the three categories:
High School, Simcoe County and Open.
The “People’s Choice” is awarded to one of the films screened at the Shorts Showcase in October. Votes are cast by the audience immediately following the showcase and the award is presented as part of the Shorts Awards Ceremony.
To be eligible, films must be no longer than ten (10) minutes in length (including credits).
All genres are eligible including narrative, documentary, animation and experimental film. Corporate and promotional films are not eligible. 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 in October, 2020 (date to be announced).
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. 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.
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 in October, 2020 (date to be announced).
There is no entry fee for the Short Film Competition for the Simcoe County or High school categories. Open Category costs: $15 for Earlybird rate (deadline is August 21), then it goes up to $30.
A brief description/synopsis is also required.
While not mandatory, a promotional electronic press kit 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.
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. If sent by mail, the Barrie Film Festival cannot be held responsible for damage or loss of materials that might occur in transit.