2023 Screening Gala: Saturday, November 4 from 1-5 pm

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The 5th annual 5-Minute Film Festival presented by the Pickering Public Library, celebrating the best short films under 5 minutes.

The 5-Minute Film Festival (5MFF) is a film festival that celebrates the love of filmmaking. Filmmakers can create and submit their own short 5-minute films. The festival comprises a series of workshop-type events and a closing screening gala.

Films can be fictional, documentary, animation, stop-motion video, or in any genre. The sky is the limit. You are limited only by your imagination. We do have some rules for submission, which you can read about here in more detail [5MFF Submission Guide]

5MFF is for people just like you -- ordinary aspiring filmmakers who have always dreamed of making their own extra-ordinary short film and have an audience for it. 5MFF welcomes filmmakers of all skill levels whether you are a complete beginner to filmmaking or a seasoned professional. 5MFF is inclusive to all.



Festival FAQs

  • Submissions for both the General category and Future Filmmakers will be open until August 29, 2021 11:59 PM EST. Please reach out to us BEFORE the submission deadline if you know you will be unable to submit your film by that date. The selection team will deliberate on entries on a case-by-case basis.

  • Submissions to the General category are open to everyone ages 13+. If you are under this age, you can still submit your film to the Future Filmmakers category.

  • All films are to be submitted via an active streaming link. Acceptable streaming platforms are:

    • YouTube
    • Vimeo
    • DailyMotion
    • Imgur

    If you are unable to submit your film to these platforms, you can arrange to submit your film to us in person on a USB drive or cloud storage. Acceptable film formats are:

    • .mp4
    • .MOV
    • .WMV
  • All submitted films must be at minimum 720p quality. The ideal orientation should be landscape and 16:9 aspect ratio - but these are not mandatory.

  • While the maximum length for submissions is 5 minutes, there is not a hard and fast minimum (1 second being the technical minimum). We are looking for films that can adequately convey a clear narrative/story - regardless of length. If you can coherently convey your story in just a few seconds then kudos to you!

View previous years submissions and Screening Galas

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