Submissions are closed for 2019. Stay tuned for the full line-up!

Canadian and International emerging women, trans & non-binary filmmakers are invited to submit their short works made in ANY genre.





  • The director must be emerging talent i.e. they have not yet completed a feature length-film at the time of the festival in June 2019.

  • The director must identify as a woman, trans, or non-binary person. 

  • Films in a language other than English must have English subtitles.

Please Note: There are two options for your submission: GENERAL (for filmmakers of any age) and NEW GENERATION (for filmmakers 30 years old and under). 


Do you pay screening fees?

Yes, we pay every artist a screening fee in CAD as per 2019 CARFAC rates.

What is the maximum runtime BFF will accept?

Your short film cannot be more than 20 minutes in length, including credits.


How old can my film be?

All films presented at BFF 2019 must be completed after January 2017.


How does BFF accept submissions?

We accept submissions via FilmFreeway only.


In what formats do you accept film submissions?

Films must be submitted as online screeners only.


Do all submissions get viewed?

Yes, every single film submitted to BFF gets at least two views.


Do you accept rough cuts?

Yes. Just be sure to mark the submission as a rough cut and let us know which elements are incomplete (music, sound mix, colour, missing scenes) and give us a firm deadline by which the final film will be completed.


Does BFF hand out submission waivers?

As a non-profit organization, we rely upon submission fees to help cover some of the costs of reviewing films. However, this year, we are offering a limited number of submission waivers to emerging filmmakers who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, and/or people with disabilities. To request a waiver, please email

Do you offer feedback on unselected films?

No, unfortunately BFF is a volunteer-run organization and we do not yet have the capacity to offer feedback.


I submitted last year and wasn’t accepted. Can I resubmit?

Yes, as long as your submission is still within our eligibility window (completed after January 1, 2017).