Illustration for the 14th Annual Hamilton Film Festival, resembling a neon theatre sign with letters in light purple and bright pink with yellow accents

Call for Submissions: 14th Annual Hamilton Film Festival

Hamilton Film Festival

Deadline: July 22, 2019

The 14th Annual Hamilton Film Festival continues to be one of Canada’s most important film festivals for Canadian and International films. Hosted in a city with a booming art scene, it has become a go-to destination to live and work for several people in the film and television industry with year-round opportunities to network, engage, pitch and participate. Distributors, festivals and industry professionals actively look to the Hamilton Film Festival for content, connections and top-notch engagement.

More information and application the FilmFreeway website

We want you to think about disability and film. Specifically we want you to consider the people who are hard of hearing or Deaf. These people want to watch your films! We had a night dedicated to this and had ASL interpreters on sight, something we hope to duplicate this year.

The Hamilton Film Festival is again offering a submission discount to films that have English subtitles. Yes, even for English-language films. If your film has (or will have) subtitles please reach out to us prior to submitting and we will offer you a discount code which will apply to both the Hamilton Film Festival screenings and the Canadian Film Market. Contact us directly for the code.

The theme this year is COMEDY: HAPPY STUFF! Our main focus will be around fun, energetic, uplifting, inspiring films. However you interpret that, is up to you! Features, Shorts, Docs, Experimental, Animated, Student, Web Series…we accept all genres and lengths. Don’t worry, we will always make room for your dark, fun-less films, but it will have to be really good since you will be competing for limited space.

We have 15 prize categories, including Jury, Feature, Short, Doc, Actor, Actress, Editing, Cinematography, Screenplay (x2), Music, Student, Truly Independent local award and the legendary Sparquie the Squirrel award! This year we are adding a Best Sound category.