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submission Categories, Fees and deadlines

Submit your film for consideration in the 2020 Kingston Canadian Film Festival!

 

Starting on July 1, we’ll accept feature-length and short film submissions.  As a Canadian film festival, we will only consider submissions of Canadian films by Canadian filmmakers.  You can read the full eligibility criteria below and email us if you have questions.

 

Are you a Kingston-based filmmaker?  We’ll waive the submission fee for filmmakers currently living in the Limestone City.

Screening your film to our audience is just the beginning!

We also hand out a few awards at our Closing Night Awards Ceremony and some include cash, prizes, and all come with bragging rights for an entire year.   You can explore the list of awards and you can take a look at previous KCFF winners here.

feature films

length

30+ minutes

fee

$30

After you complete the submission form, you’ll be prompted to pay your fee on Ticketscene. It’s a two-step process, but fairly straightforward. Please give us a shout if you have any trouble along the way.

Submission fees are waived for filmmakers currently living in Kingston.

deadline

December 1, 2019

short films

length

less than 30 minutes

fee

$20

After you complete the submission form, you’ll be prompted to pay your fee on Ticketscene. It’s a two-step process, but fairly straightforward. Please give us a shout if you have any trouble along the way.

Submission fees are waived for filmmakers currently living in Kingston.

deadline

December 15, 2019

Eligibility

  • Only submissions of Canadian films by Canadian filmmakers will be considered.
  • If you have an arguable connection to Canada and are not a Canadian filmmaker, please email us.
  • Selection will be based on quality and form.
  • Films must be new releases that have not been submitted to KCFF in the past.
  • Preference given to films making a premiere: international, national, provincial, regional, local.
  • Films must either be in English or in the original language with English subtitles.
  • It is possible to submit a working copy of a film; please email us for more info.
  • Local filmmakers must be currently residing in Kingston or have a strong connection to the area deemed appropriate to KCFF.  Please explain connection on the submission form.
  • Youth filmmakers must 17 years of age or under as of the festival start date (March 11, 2020)

Upon Selection

Festival Presentation Format

Feature Films: presentation formats are composite DCP (jpeg200mxf) and BluRay.

Short Films:  we require a digital copy of your film to be used for festival screening purposes. An online link to an HD .mp4 file using the H264 codec is the preferred format.  The video link must be active until March 11, 2020. For more information follow Vimeo’s compression guidelines for HD films.

 

Press & Publicity

Available press materials must be shipped to KCFF upon notification of selection.

The filmmaker grants permission for the use of all publicity materials (including preview BluRays and DVDs) to be used for promotional purposes unless otherwise noted.

 

Festival Attendance, Awards, Scheduling

Scheduling of screening dates, times, and locations is at the sole discretion of KCFF. 

Films will automatically be considered for any awards in the appropriate category.

We encourage all filmmakers to attend on behalf of their film, if possible. Please contact KCFF staff to discuss attending.

Awards

The Limestone Financial People’s Choice Award

favourite feature film voted by audience.

Steam Whistle Homebrew Award for Best Local Short

voted on by a jury. 

Steam Whistle Homebrew Award for Favourite Local Short

voted on by the audience. 

Favourite Canadian Short

voted on by the audience. 

Best Youth Short 

best locally produced short film by youth filmmaker, voted on by a jury.

Favourite Youth Short 

locally produced short film by filmmaker 17 and under, voted on by the audience.