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December 10, 2020 - January 28, 2021

Call for Submissions: Breakthroughs Film Festival 2021

Hosted by Breakthroughs Film Festival

Late Deadline: January 28, 2021

Now in its 10th amazing year, the Breakthroughs Film Festival is devoted exclusively to showcasing short films in ANY genre by emerging women & non-binary directors.

“Breakthroughs” refers to the struggles that emerging artists continue to face in an industry where they must work even harder than men to make their voices heard.

Breakthroughs Film Festival also features panel discussions and networking opportunities with participating directors, giving the audience a chance to learn more about their creative process and future projects!

Please note: Our 2021 festival will be held mostly online and geoblocked to Canada. More information about the format of the festival will be available in March 2021.

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Please Note: BFF prioritizes the work, expressions, and experiences of folks who identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, trans, non-binary, working class, neurodiverse, or people with disabilities. We encourage filmmakers to self-identify in their bios if they feel comfortable doing so.


Breakthroughs Film Festival

The only festival in Canada devoted exclusively to short films made by emerging women & non binary directors.