submission Categories, Fees and deadlines

Our submission deadline has passed but we’re still accepting Youth Shorts until January 15.

Thanks to everyone who submitted a film for consideration in the 2021 Kingston Canadian Film Festival.  We’ll be reviewing films and making final programming decisions early in 2021.

youth shorts

Created by students in highschool or younger


less than 30 minutes


We’ve extended the deadline to January 15, 2021 for Youth Shorts only (short films created by students in highschool and younger).


  • Only submissions of Canadian films by Canadian filmmakers will be considered. Canadian filmmakers include citizens, landed immigrants, permanent residents, newcomers, anyone currently living and working in Canada (including international students), and Canadians living abroad.
  • 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 your connection on the submission form.
  • Youth filmmakers must be enrolled in middle school or secondary school to be eligible.

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.

Click to download 2021 laurels

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.


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 a youth filmmaker, voted on by the audience.