31st Annual

Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival

September 14, 2019 to September 22, 2019

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Sudbury ON P3E 5M7
Phone: 705-688-1234
Fax: 705-688-1351

SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, 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, 1-20 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 2018 edition of the Festival included The Grizzlies, What They Had, The Sisters Brothers, Sharkwater: Extinction, Through Black Spruce, Le grand bain and Dogman. In 2018, Cinéfest screened 119 films to an audience that exceeded 34,000.

Northern Ontario boasts a booming film industry that has attracted major film and television productions in recent years and Cinéfest has been thrilled to lead promotion of the efforts of its region’s crew and industry stakeholders. These promotional efforts extend to informing Canadian and International 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. Recent films that have been shot in Northern Ontario include Remember (Atom Egoyan), Mean Dreams (Nathan Morlando), Born to Be Blue (Robert Budreau), Two Lovers and a Bear (Kim Nguyen), and Through Black Spruce (Don McKellar).

For over 30 years, Cinéfest Sudbury has presented the most exciting independent cinema from around the world to local and visiting audiences. Through 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 with a chance to reach a wider audience, as Film Circuit programmers attend Cinéfest to consider Festival selections and submissions to screen in their home community.


Cinéfest Sudbury has a long history of promoting Canadian cinema and supporting its 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 International 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.

In 2010, Cinéfest Sudbury introduced The Cinema Summit, a presentation, exchange and development series, devoted to the celebration, promotion and advancement of Canada’s new and emerging filmmaking talent. Cinema Summit represents Cinéfest’s next efforts to inspire audiences, talent, students and industry.

2018 marked the largest iteration of the Festival to date, and planning is already underway for the 2019 edition of Cinefest, one of Canada's major film events.


Brandon Patry; Michael Scherzinger; Patrick O'Hearn (Managing Director); Tammy Frick (Executive Director); Tammy Frick (Executive Director); Violet Budic (Administrative Assistant); Violet Budic (Administrative Assistant); 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 video links only.


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

2. Films must have been completed in 2018 or 2019.

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 selected films must be made available to screen by September 1st, 2019.

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. 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.