Kingston Canadian Film Festival | Submissions
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2017 call has closed.

Thanks to all of the filmmakers who submitted to KCFF.

We’re inviting filmmakers from across the country or from across the street to submit their film for consideration in the upcoming Kingston Canadian Film Festival.


There are lots of submission categories and a handful have a submission fee so please be sure to explore the best option for your work (and read the fine print too, just in case).  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.

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 (we even added a new category for 2017) and you can take a look at previous KCFF winners here.

Submission Categories

Paid Submissions

  • Feature Film

    • features 60 mins+
    • Deadline DECEMBER 2, 2016
    • Submissions for 2017 have closed.

  • Short Feature

    • films 20-60 mins
    • Deadline DECEMBER 2, 2016
    • Submissions for 2017 have closed.

  • Canadian Shorts

    • short films 20 minutes or less
    • Deadline DECEMBER 2, 2016
    • submissions for 2017 have closed.

  • C is for Canada

    • short films for kids/all ages, 20 minutes or less
    • Deadline DECEMBER 2, 2016
    • submissions for 2017 have closed.

Free submissions

  • Local Shorts: Epics

    • locally produced films
    • longer than 6 minutes, less than 20
    • Deadline January 15, 2017
    • free to submit
    • Submit a local short

  • Local Shorts: Minutes

    • locally produced films
    • under 6 minutes
    • Deadline January 15, 2017
    • free to submit
    • Submit a local short

  • Youth Shorts

    • shorts 10 minutes or less
    • created by filmmakers 17 and under
    • Deadline January 15, 2017
    • free submission!
    • Submit a youth short


  • 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 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 Shorts 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 Shorts filmmakers must 17 years of age or under as of the festival start date (March 2, 2017)

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 but a DVD (Data DVD not a Playable DVD), USB Key is usable.  The video link must be active until March 5, 2017. 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 relevant awards for the appropriate category.

We encourage all filmmakers to attend on behalf of their film, if possible. Please contact KCFF staff to arrange travel, tickets, and other details.


People’s Choice Award

best feature film, voted on by KCFF audiences.

Steam Whistle Homebrew Award

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

Youth Short Film Award

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

New in 2017: Best Short Award

All of the shorts screened during the festival will be considered for this new award, voted on by a jury.