Short Film Submissions Due April 3rd, 11:59pm, 2019

The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) is now accepting short film submissions from Atlantic Canadian filmmakers until Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019. Entries will be accepted by online screener through FilmFreeway.

Now entering its 13th year, HIFF showcases bold, original films that challenge convention in subject or form. Short films for HIFF 2019 will be selected by a peer-jury of local filmmakers.

Submissions to HIFF 2019 must have been completed after January 1st, 2017, have a max. runtime of 25 minutes and be presented with English-language subtitles if in a language other than English.

Works-in-progress are eligible for submission, however finished films must be delivered no later than May 13th, 2019. Please be aware programmers only view the first version of a submitted film and will not accept a revised version later in the submission process.

Filmmakers whose work is selected to screen at HIFF 2019 will receive a free pass to the festival, a screening fee (based on rates set by the Independent Media Arts Alliance) and the opportunity to take part in other professional development initiatives.

HIFF 2019 will take place from June 12th - 15th at Neptune Scotiabank Stages Theatre in downtown Halifax.

Entries for HIFF 2019 will be accepted by online screener via FilmFreeway. There is a fee of $10 per Atlantic Canadian submission. Deadline for entries is April 3rd, 11:59pm 2019.


HIFF 2018 took place from June 6th - 9th.

The HIFF team extends a warm thank you to everyone who made the 12th Annual Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival such a success. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, and that the films, workshops, community and conversations inspired you in your own work.

Thank you to our volunteers. Thank you to our visiting and local filmmakers, visiting programmers, and to all of you who came out to watch films! Last but not least, thanks to our sponsors and community partners who made all of it possible.


See photos of the festival here.