FILM FESTIVAL

The OYFF is open to high school filmmakers throughout Ontario.

5 short-film categories. 2 tiers of competition. $2500 in prizes.

To see the 2023 OYFF program Click here

COMPETITION CATEGORIES

Narrative

A narrative film tell a fictional story. In this style of filmmaking, believable narratives and characters help convince the audience that the unfolding fiction is real.

The Narrative Category winner receives a $300 cash prize. The runner-up receives a $200 cash prize

The Adventure’s of Marg by Chloë Clune won the Narrative category at the 2022 OYFF.

Documentary

A documentary film is a factual motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for the purposes of education or maintaining a historical record.

The Documentary Category winner receives a $300 cash prize. The runner-up receives a $200 cash prize

Parental Voices by Megan Murphy won the Documentary category at the 2022 OYFF.

Animation

Animation is a series of images produced frame-by-frame and then played in quick succession to create the illusion of movement.

The Animation Category winner receives a $300 cash prize. The runner-up receives a $200 cash prize

Hollow Home by Nina Rafique won the Animation category at the 2022 OYFF.

Experimental

This category includes explorations of visual images and audio to evoke emotions and see the world through a new, creative lens. Entries may be abstract and/or artistic.

The Experimental Category winner receives a $300 cash prize. The runner-up receives a $200 cash prize

Walk On… by Willow Van Rootselaar was the Runner-Up in the Experimental category in the 2022 OYFF.

Music Video

Music videos tell stories, illustrate lyrics and highlight performances, the components working together to entertain and even enlighten. Rights/permissions for the music must be obtained prior to submitting.

The Music Video Category winner receives a $300 cash prize. The runner-up receives a $200 cash prize

Runaway by Greir Betts won the Music Video category in the 2022 OYFF.

HOW TO ENTER

How you enter the OYFF depends on where you go to high school. Check out the maps below to landmark your region. Once you have that sussed out, click the button to jump to the appropriate Tier 1 submission page on FilmFreeway. You’ll find all the rules, regulations and deadlines there. 

Best of luck!

Southwestern Ontario

The Forest City Youth Film Festival (FCYFF) is the OYFF’s regional partnering festival for Southwestern Ontario. Students registered in high schools in this region must first compete in the FCYFF before advancing to the OYFF.

Central Ontario

The Central Ontario Youth Short Film Festival (COYSFF) is the OYFF’s regional partnering festival for Central Ontario. Students registered in high schools in this region must first compete in the COYSFF before advancing to the OYFF.

Northern Ontario

Cinéfest Sudbury’s CTV Best in Shorts Competition is the OYFF’s regional partnering festival for Northern Ontario. Students registered in high schools in this region must first compete in the CTV Best in Shorts Competition before advancing to the OYFF.

Eastern Ontario

The OYFF is currently in talks to secure a regional partnering festival for Eastern Ontario. Students registered in high schools in this region can compete in the OYFF via FilmFreeway.

STILL ON THE FENCE?

We get it! Putting yourself out there can be a scary thing, but the personal rewards can be huge!

Don’t take our word for it. Hear what other student filmmakers are saying about the OYFF!

“What was it like seeing your name/film up on the big screen?”

“What does having a youth festival mean to you?”

“What would you say to someone who’s unsure about submitting to a festival?”

Could You be the Next Ethan Hickey?

Ethan won the Most Enterprising Filmmaker award at the 2019 Forest City Youth Film Festival. He has since gone on to direct his first feature film, Burden, which premiered at the 2022 Forest City Film Festival.

Check out the video to learn more about Ethan’s amazing journey, which started with his decision to put his work – and himself – out there.

Ready to Put Yourself Out There?

No risks. No rewards.