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There are 3 different ways to participate in the Guelph Film Festival and submit your content for consideration. Note: the GFF will only consider films that have not previously been screened in Guelph. This applies to all 3 submissions categories.

  1. General Submissions:

Do you have an amazing doc that incorporates themes of social justice, the environment, and/or community building (all broadly construed) that you would like screened at the festival? Use the button below to submit it for consideration!

Guelph Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway, the world's #1 submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD screeners, unlimited video storage, filmmaker profiles, and more.

Submission Categories include: Indigenous-Made Docs (Short & Feature), Ontario Student Docs (Short), Ontario Docs (Short & Feature), Canadian Docs (Short & Feature), International Docs (Short & Feature), and Children’s Program Shorts (Doc, Narrative, & Animation). See FilmFreeway for further details and how to submit.

Submissions Open: Jan 7, 2019

Submissions Close: June 14, 2019

2. Tiny Docs by Tiny People:

Are you a kid filmmaker between the ages of 0-11 and a resident of Guelph or the surrounding areas and have a doc you would like us to consider screening?

These films can be shot on a phone, or something fancier. They can be polished with lots of angles and shots, or be done in one take from one angle. It is all about the director’s vision! They can be about a worm on the sidewalk, the fairies in the backyard, your favourite stuffy…or really any other aspect of your world that you find interesting and want the world to know about!

We are looking for 1-2 minute docs (2 minutes max.). The chosen films will be screened as part of our children’s programming during the festival.

Get your parents’ permission and email your short doc (max 2 min) to

The chosen films will be screened before our children’s programming on Sunday, November 3th at 10C Shared Space.

Tiny Docs can be sent as attachments, or as a link from a Vimeo or Youtube account (though keep your awesome films private until we can reveal them at the festival!) or they can be sent through WeTransfer (a free service that will allow you to send files up to 2GB).

In your submission email please include the preferred name of the kid filmmaker, their age, and the title of the doc.

Submission Deadline: Oct 5, 2019

3. Community Partnership:

If you have a documentary film, or an event idea that is closely connected to documentary-style storytelling, you think would benefit the city of Guelph and would like assistance in organizing and promoting a screening we encourage you to contact us. Please provide the details of the film or event and why you think it would benefit our community:

Note: If you would like the event to occur during the festival, please email us before July 1, 2019.