29th Annual

Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival

September 16, 2017 to September 24, 2017

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Sudbury ON P3E 5M7
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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature-length narrative films. (60+ mins)
All short films should be submitted in this category (ie. short fiction, animation, short documentary, 1-19 mins)
Feature-length animated films. (short animation films should be submitted to Shorts category)
Feature-length documentary films. (short documentary films should be submitted to Shorts category)
Mid-length narrative films. (mid-length animation films should be submitted to Animation category/mid-length documentary films should be submitted to Documentary category, 20-59 mins)


Cinéfest Sudbury’s programming initiatives continue to fulfill and redefine the organization’s mandate, objectives and vision, which are built upon the Festival’s ability to attract audiences for the best in Canadian and International cinema. Cinéfest Sudbury is continually searching for films that challenge and inspire the Festival’s audience and is constantly working to introduce up-and-coming film artists to receptive and critical film enthusiasts. Programming highlights from the 2016 edition of the festival included Maudie (Heather Haldane), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade), The Dressmaker (Jocelyn Moorhouse) and The Headhunters Calling (Mark Williams).
Northern Ontario boasts a booming film industry that has attracted major film and television productions in recent year and Cinéfest has been thrilled to lead promotion of the efforts of our region’s crew and industry stakeholders. These promotional efforts extend to informing filmmakers about the incentives and infrastructure available for their future production efforts. New resources (full service film studios) and infrastructure (equipment houses), along with training opportunities and tax credits are making Northern Ontario an enticing shooting location for many producers. Each new production provides invaluable guidance and potential opportunity for filmmakers seeking to advance their craft. Recent films that have been shot in Northern Ontario include Mean Dreams (Nathan Morlando), Born to be Blue (Robert Budreau) and Two Lovers and a Bear (Kim Nguyen).
For over 29 years, Cinefest Sudbury has bought the most exciting independent cinema from around the world to local and visiting audiences. Through a partnership with the Film Circuit, an initiative that was developed by Cinéfest and is now housed by the Toronto International Film Festival Group, Cinéfest Sudbury provides filmmakers the chance to reach a wider audience as Film Circuit programmers attend Cinéfest to consider Festival selections and submissions to screen in their home community. Overall, Cinéfest’s commitment to excellence attracts filmmakers seeking to showcase their art to an audience hungry for cinema. Cinéfest is a festival that is passionate about film and strives to create a dynamic synergy between filmmakers, audience and industry in an atmosphere that celebrates artistic achievement.


Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival was established in 1989. Each year since the Festival has continued to mature and expand. By 1993, Cinéfest Sudbury evolved into a full-service film organization, with the Festival growing to include upwards of 60 films over 5 days. Currently screening approximately 135 films, including full-length features, shorts, documentaries and animation, Cinéfest Sudbury provides cinephiles with first-class film works and industry discourse each September.

Cinéfest Sudbury has a long history of promoting Canadian cinema and supporting our domestic industry. One of the organization’s most ambitious projects was the establishment of the Northern Film Circuit (NFC) in 1992. An attempt to build audiences in Northern Ontario for Canadian and international film, the NFC began with only four members. The NFC was eventually used as a model for The Film Circuit, which was developed in partnership with the Toronto Film Festival Group and now operates in over 110 communities. Still a partner of the Festival, Film Circuit groups flock to Cinéfest each year to preview the best in Canadian and international films.

Constantly working to bring knowledge to the North, Cinefest introduced Industry Forum to the Festival’s framework in 2003, an initiative that has since provided emerging and mid-career film artists with access to key film representatives, and invited partnerships between the Festival, industry and educational institutions. Since the introduction of Industry Forum, Cinefest has established itself as a focal point for independent filmmakers, and programmers. While the Festival has a long history of presenting and supporting films that represent the output of Canada’s independent film artists, Cinefest Sudbury has also over the years extended significant support to its regional film artists. Through programs such as Northern Connections (introduced in 2003), a program which highlights the best and brightest of our regional film talent, and the CTV Best in Shorts Competition, which has awarded over $100,000 in cash prizes to up-and-coming regional film talent since it was established in 2001, the Festival has served as a place for regional artists to have their work seen and celebrated.

In 2010, Cinéfest Sudbury introduced The Cinema Summit, a four-day presentation, exchange and development series, devoted to the celebration, promotion and advancement of Canada’s new and emerging filmmaking talent. Aside from expanding the number of film screenings attended by talent associated with selected films, Cinema Summit featured additional panel discussions, master classes and lectures with specific topics of focus, and introduced attendees to experts in the film and media arts industries. Cinema Summit represents Cinéfest’s next efforts to inspire audiences, talent, students and industry.

In 2012, Cinefest Sudbury introduced The Northern Film Network (NFN), an online portal of films accessible to film buyers, programmers and NFN subscribers. Filmmakers submitting to Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival who also opt in to the NFN will have their film included in a searchable data base for approximately 1 year.

In 2013, Cinéfest Sudbury unveiled its 25th Anniversary edition — a celebration that represented for audiences the biggest incarnation of the event in Festival history. With more film screenings than ever before and featuring a large contingent of industry guests and filmmaking talent, the 25th edition of Cinéfest also occurred alongside a booming regional film production industry.

2016 saw additional expansion of Cinéfest Sudbury, with an increased number of film screenings and an increased number of industry guests attending.

This year, the Festival will be celebrating its 29th edition, September 16 to 24, 2017!


Chad Fryett (Marketing); Chris Gagnon (Programming and Services Officer); Chris Gagnon (Visitor Services Officer); Emiliy Valiquette (Administration); Kallie Berens-Firth (Corporate Development and Communications Assistant); Patrick O'Hearn (Managing Director); Shawn McLaren (Strategic Partnerships Development Assistant); Tammy Frick (Executive Director); Tammy Frick (Executive Director); Violet Budic (Administrative Assistant)


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Each film submission will be pre-screened by Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival's screening committee to determine which films will be screened during the festival. Not all submissions will be programmed. The Festival presentation format is composite DCP (jpeg200mxf) only.

SUBMISSION FORMATS: For programming consideration, Cinéfest Sudbury accepts DVD (Region 0 or 1) or BluRay (Region 0 or 1) or a secure video link. Submission material will be returned only if sender includes a self-addressed stamped envelope. Your DVD or BluRay must be labeled with the title, running time, Withoutabox entry number, format and return address.


1. Films are selected on the basis of achievement in form and content

2. Films must have been completed in 2016 or 2017.

3. Works that have been previously submitted, but not programmed, are permitted to re-submit.

4. For submission purposes, films may be works-in-progress.

5. Submissions that have been made available widely to public over the; internet (YouTube, iTunes, Vimeo, etc), or television, or that have screened publicly within a 100 kilometer radius of the City of Greater Sudbury are not eligible. Filmmakers are encouraged the festival if they are unsure of this eligibility rule applied to them.

6. The Festival presentation format is DCP (jpeg2000mxf)

7. All films must be made available to screen by September 1st, 2017.

8. Films must be in original language with English subtitles (if necessary).

9. Available press materials must be shipped to Cinéfest Sudbury upon notification of selection.

10. Upon selection, the entrant grants permission for the use of all publicity materials (including preview discs, clips and digital clips) to be used for promotional purposes.

11. If the film was shot in part or in whole in Northern Ontario, and/or if a member of the cast and/or crew resides or is from Northern Ontario, please also provide information relating to the location and duration of the shoot, and/or the name of the person residing in or from Northern Ontario, as well as their role within the production.

SCHEDULING: Upon acceptance into the Festival, the scheduling of screening dates, times and locations is the sole responsibility of Cinéfest Sudbury.

PRINT LIABILITY: In the instance of a lost or damaged DCP, Cinéfest Sudbury will compensate only for the cost of creating a new DCP. Cinéfest Sudbury assumes responsibility for the print from the time of delivery to the time at which a print is rendered to a shipping agent.

RELEASE: Cinéfest Sudbury is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Cinéfest Sudbury from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.