2017 MCAP SHORT Shorts Call for Submissions Now Open!


April 21, 2017

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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November 14, 2016

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 2016 include:

Fundraising Committee Members 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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October 12, 2016

Our educational outreach series launched in 2013 to encourage an interest in the film industry with our region’s youth. Cin-E-merge is committed to offering exciting and accessible programming for students to screen Canadian films, learn from captivating presentations, and network with leading local film and video industry professionals.

This year we are honoured to begin a partnership with REEL CANADA, a travelling film festival established in 2005 with a mandate to expose students to the power and diversity of Canadian film, and engage them in a conversation about what it means to be Canadian.

The 2016 school presentation features the short film THE GRANDFATHER DRUM by Michelle Desrosiers and the feature film ANGRY INUK by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril. Guest director Michelle Desrosiers will travel with the school program facilitating post-screening discussion and Q&A.

For educators wanting to learn more about our school programs, please contact Tamara Louks

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October 12, 2016

We have an unprecedented choice of film festivals that includes the industry heavyweights like TIFF, Cannes and Sundance to genre specific and one-day fests like ZontaKW Film Festival and The Shortest Day Film Festival. With 10 years of presenting GRFF, we’d like to hear from you our audience.

We invite you to share your views on what brought you to GRFF in 2016 and what will bring you back next year. Our Board of Directors wants you to share your ideas about the future of GRFF and help shape what the next 10 years can be.

Visit our online survey at

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October 12, 2016

Stay up to date with the latest local film industry happenings by signing up for our monthly e-newsletter!

We’ll keep you in the know on:

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September 22, 2016

Advertise with us!

The Grand River Film Festival prints 3,000 programme guides each year, distributed before the festival, to various downtown locations and organizations across Waterloo Region. By advertising with GRFF, your organization will reach a community of loyal film fans and film industry professionals. 

Download our 2016 Rate Card

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Closing Night After Party

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September 22, 2016

The Conor Gains Band @ EVO Kitchen Saturday October 29, 9:30pm

Join us as we close our 10th anniversary in style with The Conor Gains Band! Tickets can be purchased online or at the door $10 entry fee. Complimentary food, cash bar.

One of the most dynamic blues rock acts in Canada The Conor Gains Band have delighted audiences at clubs and festivals across the continent.

This past summer the band toured Canada with impressive festival performances at the Tremblant International Blues Festival and Calgary Blues Festival as well as numerous club dates from Montreal to Vancouver.

Conor Gains, 23, has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s best guitarists and singer/songwriters. Indeed, his tune “Leave It On the Line” won the prestigious Cobalt Songwriting Prize (best contemporary blues song) at the 2016 Maple Blues Awards.

Several tunes from the 2014 CD “Run Away With The Night” have been played on blues, country and classic rock radio stations.

At the 2015 Kitchener Blues Festival the Conor Gains Band were honoured to open for the legendary Burton Cummings to kick off the four day event.

A month earlier they earned a standing ovation at the 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival. Conor was also invited to play in the Festival’s tribute to the late B.B. King in front of 50,000 people an eye catching performance that led the Montreal Gazette to call him ‘the life-force of the music‘ in its review of the festival.

In 2014 the Conor Gains Band won the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Competition and in 2012 they represented the Grand River Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.

Conor has been performing live since the age of 12 and was invited to play with the late legendary Les Paul at New York’s Iridium Jazz Club in 2011 at the age of 15. Clearly the future is bright.

Sweet Thing (2016 recording)

Evil Man Live at 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival

First Impressions  Live at 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival

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