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The Concordia Film Festival (CFF) is a student-run, non-profit festival that collaborates with Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (MHSoC) at Concordia University. Through screenings and events, we can display the works produced by the diverse range of filmmakers at MHSoC and invited works from filmmakers worldwide. The MHSoC stands as the largest university-based centre for the study of film in Canada, with a body of works screened to great acclaim at festivals around the world.

The programming includes; short films made by undergraduate students at Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema from Film I, II, III and Animation I, II, III.

  • The soft deadline to submit films will remain open until April 20th, 2021. The hard deadline to apply is April 28th, 2021. Any submissions received after the 20th will not be included in the festival’s trailer. Late or faulty submissions will not be accepted and will be disqualified.

  • Students must fill out a Google Form and submit their film to a Dropbox folder to be admissible. Links and forms are available above.

  • Films must be a maximal length of 15 minutes, including credits.

  • We accept films that do not have a finished sound mix.

  • We also accept completed films that were unable to screen at the 47th edition of the CFF due to the pandemic.

technical specifications sheet is provided below, clarifying all further details, such as the film specs, the requirements, how and where to upload their work, etc.

The Concordia Film Festival team wish you the best of luck and look forward to reviewing your submissions.

CFF 2021

Technical sheet


CFF 2021

Submission Form



Geographies, Genres & Styles


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Previously known as the Moving Image Seminar, Emerging Voices is a platform for students to present their research projects, journals, papers or any academic ventures in an environment inclined to discuss and learn. Due to the unforeseen events afflicting us for the past year, this year's iteration will take place online. The event will be structured as a screening where the selected students will have time to develop their ideas. This will be followed by a Q&A moderated by the section's coordinators, Juan Ospina and Santiago Posada Ruiz.


Submissions for Emerging Voices will remain open until April 25th, 2021.

  • In the case of being selected, the participants will be contacted for a discussion that will be recorded and streamed during the festival.

  • Submissions will be carried out through Google Forms, where potential participants will be asked to submit a written project. The length of the submissions should be between 4 to 15 pages. Anything less than 4 pages or greater than 15 pages will not be accepted.

  • For this year's iteration, we are centring Emerging Voices around three main subjects: National Cinemas, Film Genres, and Film Styles. The topics are not mutually exclusive; a participant can highlight one or more topics in their project. Submissions that fail to fall under these categories will not be accepted.​​

The Emerging Voices section will be sponsored by Offscreen. The four selected winners from each subject will be pushed on Offscreen and will be awarded with $100 each as well.


The Concordia Film Festival and the Emerging Voices team wish you the best of luck and look forward to reviewing your submissions.


If you have any questions about "Emerging Voices," please contact Juan Ospina and Santiago Posada Ruiz at 




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In addition to the programming of films from Concordia Cinema students, the CFF is proud to present five screening events. "Spotlight" is comprised of five sections during the festival open to all cinema, communications and media students at a post-secondary institution who have completed a film within the past year, while in school.

Scroll down the page to find out about each and every category that makes up this year's "Spotlight" category for the 48th edition of the Concordia Film Festival!


Canadian Fiction:

Spotlight on National Fiction Films, which is a section devoted to discovering the best student short films that Canada has to offer! If you live in Canada, feel free to submit your short to this section.


Spotlight on Documentary Films, which is a section devoted to all films that depict real-life people/situations/events. No Mockumentary films will be accepted into this section.


Spotlight on Experimental Films, which is a section devoted to those films that do things a little differently, and experiment with the form of cinema.

Lights out:


Spotlight on Midnight Movies, which is a section devoted to genre films. If your student film is a Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, or just plain weird, feel free to submit to this section!


Spotlight on Underrepresented Voices, which is a section devoted to those groups who feel that the voices of their community have been underrepresented in the mainstream.