We are no longer accepting submissions for the GRFF#2022 however, we look forward to seeing your submissions for next year as fall approaches. Please check back for details.

Submissions

GRFF will once again be presenting independent feature length (over 70 minutes) and short films (under 20 minutes) from Waterloo Region and beyond. Filmmakers who are accepted and attend the festival (virtually or in person) will be invited to introduce their film and answer questions from the Film Festival audience.

Exhibiting these films at GRFF provides opportunities for the general public to see a variety of films which may not receive mass distribution, and for independent filmmakers to reach new audiences and explore new opportunities for distribution.

The programming committee will give all submissions equal weight and consideration, though films by/featuring female, black, Indigenous, persons of colour, and minority voices are of particular interest.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING NOTE: This year, due to a partnership with the Hospice of Waterloo Region, we are looking to choose one film on the subject of death and dying. Said film would ideally have a positive message to impart on this theme.

Local Films

GRFF celebrates and champions local filmmakers from the Waterloo Region. Local films have no submission fee. Contact program@grff.ca with proof you are local, and receive the password to submit to this category. GRFF accepts films that have not had a wide release theatrically or virtually. For the main festival, our primary focus is on narrative features, but documentaries will be considered.

Feature Films

GRFF showcases several feature films each year at its main festival. GRFF accepts films that have not had a wide release theatrically or virtually. For the main festival, our primary focus is on narrative features, but documentaries will be considered. We accept films from all over the globe, though a preference is given to Canadian films.

Short Films

GRFF showcases several short films each year at its main festival. GRFF accepts films that have not had a wide release theatrically or virtually. We accept short films from all over the globe, though a preference is given to Canadian films.

You Only Die Once

#YODOCONTEST

GRFF is thrilled to once again partner with the Hospice of Waterloo Region for our annual short film competition, You Only Die Once: #YODOCONTEST

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