2017 SHORT Shorts – Call for Submission


March 30, 2016

MCAP SHORT Shorts Call for Submissions

Submissions are now open for the 2017 festival.

GRFF is proud to support aspiring filmmakers through the annual MCAP SHORT Shorts competition now in its 10th year. This highly successful competition is a forum for recognition and awards, and also provides filmmakers an avenue to screen their films in a festival setting. Past winners have been featured in the media and have gone on to earn awards at other top film festivals throughout North America.

New in 2017 – Best VR Short Film! 

We welcome all content creators working in the VR/AR space to submit their projects for consideration. GRFF is cooking up a new stream of programming and you have the opportunity to participate in the first year of this exciting expansion of the festival.

Ctrl V will make all VR selections available at their Waterloo location over the course of the festival from October 25 – 28, 2017. HTC Vive stations will be streaming the content for GRFF attendees and all interested in experiencing this new content.


  • regular deadline: June 2, 2017 | entry fee $15USD
  • late deadline: June 30, 2017 | entry fee $20USD
  • extended deadline: July 14, 2017 | entry fee $25USD


  • Best Ontario Short Film
  • Best Waterloo Region Short Film
  • New! Best VR Short Film in partnership with Ctrl V Waterloo


  • Only submissions of Canadian films by Ontario filmmakers will be considered
  • Selection will be based on quality and form
  • Films must be in English or in the original language with English subtitles
  • Duration: 15 minutes maximum including credits
  • Entries previously submitted and not accepted may not be resubmitted
  • Submissions must be making their Waterloo Region premiere at the festival and must be deemed a new release by the programming committee


  • Duration: 15 minutes maximum including credits
  • Please note if the content is mature in your submission
  • We welcome different experiences, whether it be film, gaming or general

HTC VIVE Details: 

  • Form-Fitting Comfort: Adjustable headset strap provides balanced comfort for extended use.
  • Precision Tracking: 32 headset sensors for 360 degree motion tracking.
  • Visual Immersion: 110 degree field of view for captivating immersion.
  • Real-World Awareness: Front-facing camera blends real-world elements into the virtual world.
  • Feast Your Eyes: 2160 x 1200 combined resolution and 90 Hz refresh rate deliver eye-popping graphics and smooth action.
  • Adjustable Ease: Interchangeable foam inserts and nose pads provide customized comfort.
  • Navigate Naturally: Multi-function track pad provides effortless precision and HD haptic feedback.
  • Remarkable Game Play: Dual-stage triggers with HD haptic feedback bring VR experience to a new level.
  • Seamless Interaction: Two handheld controllers each have 24 sensors bringing you intuitive interactivity.
  • 360 Degrees of Awesome: Two base stations deliver 360 degree motion tracking for superior VR experiences.




  • Available press materials must be shipped to GRFF upon notification of selection
  • The filmmaker grants permission for the use of all publicity materials (including preview BluRays and DVDs) to be used for promotional purposes, unless otherwise noted


  • Scheduling of screening dates, times, and locations is at the sole discretion of GRFF
  • Films will automatically be considered for any relevant awards for the appropriate category
  • We encourage all filmmakers to attend the festival on behalf of the film, if possible. Please contact festival staff to arrange travel, tickets, and for further information,

Grand River Film Festival proudly accepts entries via, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.



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Join in a rich history of arts, culture and film in Waterloo Region!

GRFF is made possible through the dedicated partnership of our sponsors.  Through their generosity, more films and programming are made available to larger audiences.  Sponsorship supports:

  • promotion of local filmmakers
  • film competitions
  • workshops and educational programs
  • special events
  • volunteer program
  • community presentations

GRFF welcomes new ideas and partnerships, and would love to work with your organization if it shares an interest in providing a unique film experience that helps us celebrate and inspire our community.  We offer a diverse range of sponsorship opportunities at our annual festival and other events throughout the year.

GRFF approaches sponsors with an eye to long-term partnerships, designed to benefit everyone involved. We would be happy to customize a sponsorship package tailored to your business needs. Packages could include any of the following: branding, advertising, hospitality, product placement, and naming rights.

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If you are interested in becoming a GRFF sponsor, please email Tamara Louks at

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Application form

Each year, GRFF relies on volunteer film enthusiasts to present a festival of great film and programs. People are needed to assist in all areas of the festival – there is a role for everyone! As ambassadors for both the Festival and the Region of Waterloo, being pleasant, helpful and professional are key requirements for a GRFF volunteer.

Even though you are helping us out immensely, volunteering can also benefit you! These benefits can include real life skills for your resumé, tickets to GRFF screenings, the fabulous experience of taking part in a film festival, and high school community service hours.

If you are interested in lending your time and talents to GRFF, email for further information.

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Opportunities for 2017 include:

Fundraising Committee Members 
Role includes:
 attendance at meetings and active in planning/implementing the fundraising strategy. Great for those who are professional, out-going, comfortable talking on the phone and in-person, have a strong command of the English language, and respect confidentiality with information gathered. Experienced in Excel and Word a must.

Box Office – Be where the action happens – and keep track of it too!
Role includes: cash management, ticket sales, complimentary ticket and waitlist coordination, cash reconciliation, provide general information for festival events. Great for those who love interacting with the public and are good with numbers.

Theatre Ushers – The welcoming face of the festival!
Role includes: ticket taker, assist guests into the theatre, coordinate wait lines, provide general information for festival events, hand out surveys/film guides. Great for those who enjoy interacting with the public and providing a exceptional service.

Special Events – The life of the party!
Role includes: Set up, clean up, break down, hospitality, coat check, ticket taker, food and beverage service, bussing. Great for those who can shift from one job to the next and have a keen eye for detail.

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March 30, 2016

Do you love media? Do you love technology? Think Waterloo Region is a fantastic place to live, work and play? The Grand River Film Festival is recruiting for strong leadership roles on the Board of Directors including treasurer, fundraising and sales. Contact for more information

Are you looking for leadership opportunities in the Waterloo Region? Then the Grand River Film Festival is looking for you! We’re looking to add to our vibrant team of volunteers and board members. We’re looking for people with a passion for film, community and technology who can work together to take GRFF into the future! Contact for more information

WANTED: A passion for media, community and technology! The Grand River Film Festival is adding to its vibrant team of volunteers. If you’re experienced in, or looking for experience in volunteer coordinating, sales and fundraising, accounting we’d love to hear from you. Contact for more information

Do you love film? Do you love technology? Think Waterloo Region is a fantastic place to live, work and play? The Grand River Film Festival is recruiting for strong leadership roles on the Board of Directors including treasurer, fundraising and sales. Contact for more information

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