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The Concordia Film Festival (CFF) is a student-run, non-profit festival that runs in collaboration with Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (MHSoC) at Concordia University. Through screenings and events, we are able to display the works produced by the diverse range of filmmakers at MHSoC, and invited works from filmmakers around the globe. The MHSoC stands as the largest university-based centre for the study of film in Canada, with a body of works that are also 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 submissions for the Concordia Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema students is launching this winter! Stay tuned to find out when the submissions page is open!




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!


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.

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.


The Concordia Film Festival operates on the unceded traditional territory
of the Kanien’kehá:ka people. The island called “Montreal” is known as Tiotia:ke
in the language of the Kanien’kehá:ka, and it has historically been a
meeting place for other Indigenous nations, including the Algonquin people.