Call for films: win over $3K in the NSI Online Short Film Festival, submit by March 12

Submit to the NSI Online Short Film Festival

$3,750 in cash awards are available to be won through the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival. Films are accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway until Monday, March 12, 2018.

Films that meet award criteria are eligible for the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award for best film and the $1,000 Brian Linehan Actors Award for best actor. These awards are presented four times a year. The $1,500 Blue Ant Media Documentary Award for best doc is presented twice a year. Read about the most recent winners.

All NSI Online Short Film Festival winners receive a complimentary Friend membership for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and non-acting award winners are qualified to be nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (if award criteria are met).

Submit your film.

Entries must be under 30 minutes – the shorter the better. Drama, comedy, animation, documentary, sci-fi, horror, music video and experimental are all eligible but must be made by a Canadian writer, director or producer. The festival accepts films released after January 1, 2013.

The NSI Online Short Film Festival is a year-round Canadian short film showcase with new films added every week. Since launching in 2008, the festival has programmed hundreds of films and awarded over $110K to Canadian media artists. Many of the films are available to watch in the archives.

The NSI Online Short Film Festival is made possible through the support of Festival Partner Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment OneSuper ChannelCorus EntertainmentBlue Ant MediaThe Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Breakthrough Entertainment; Award Sponsors A&E Television Networks, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation and Blue Ant Media; and Industry Partner the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

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Laura Friesen, Manager, Communications & Alumni Relations
Phone: 204.957.2999 or email:

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