Gotta Minute Film Festival

Gotta Minute is Western Canada’s first film fest for Commuters

September 25 – Oct 1, 2017

Wait for it! Watch for it! The Gotta Minute Film Festival is coming soon! But don’t look for us in a theatre! This September 25th– October 1st, watch for our program in Edmonton’s LRT system where digital screens will light up with a program of One-Minute Silent Short Films for One and All – Every 5 minutes! Gotta Minute is Western Canada’s first Film Festival for Commuters, proudly brought to you by PATTISON Onestop and The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA).

Now in its’ fourth year, Gotta Minute will return to Edmonton this fall with a program of 36 ONE MINUTE SILENT short films. Our program includes shorts in all genres, including live-action, documentary, creative non-fiction, experimental and animated films created by local, national and international filmmakers. Gotta Minute is designed to connect emerging and award-winning filmmakers with general audiences of all ages.

NEW this year, GMFF expands into Calgary this fall with films screening in the Memorial Park and Central branches of the Calgary Public Library, as well as at the Calgary International Airport.

So what’s happening above ground in Edmonton?

Trains coming? Gotta go? No worries. “Gotta Minute is a festival in your pocket!” If you miss a film in transit, you can pick up the full program on our mobile friendly website @, and take a minute or two to watch the shorts with media art lovers around the world!

And as public art, the Gotta Minute viewing opportunities don’t stop there! You can view the entire festival program on in the Makerspace at the downtown Stanley Milner public library branch and a curated children’s reel will be screening in the epl2GO Literacy Vans. But wait, there’s more! Catch the entire festival program at Metro Cinema (8712 109 St NW) on their lobby screen throughout the week!

We’re thrilled to host our Awards Celebration downtown this year. Come to Zeidler Hall (9828 101A Avenue) on October 1st at 4pm to watch the award-winning films from the festival with live accompaniment from local musician Doug Organ.

GOTTA MINUTE reflects the ongoing commitment of PATTISON Onestop to promote appreciation for art and culture in Canadian communities, and of FAVA to support the creation and exhibition of Media Art in our midst.


Gotta Minute Online

You’ve got “A Festival in your Pocket”!  If you miss our shows in transit, you can always pick them up Online at The full program is mounted on the website to enjoy during the Fest and throughout the year at your leisure.  Share the online program with your friends and VOTE for your favorite short.

Gotta Minute Screening Rooms

Every year, film lovers also viewed the entire Gotta Minute program downtown in the Gotta Minute Screening Room of the STANLEY MILNER – EDMONTON PUBLIC LIBRARY. For Edmonton’s little ones, there was a 10-minute KIDS REEL of One Minute SHORTS screened in the program room of the Stanley Milner CHILDREN’S LIBRARY.

Gotta Minute on the LRT

That’s all it takes to watch a One Minute Silent Short film from the week-long GOTTA MINUTE program of Shorts running every 10 minutes on PATTISON Onestop platform screens throughout Edmonton Transit’s LRT system – Public Art on Public Transit in Public Space. PATTISON Onestop and the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA) are delighted to bring this festival of outstanding Media Art to the Edmonton Public and to viewers far and wide. The program will include dramatic, documentary, animated and experimental short films by seasoned and emerging filmmakers. A sister festival to the Toronto Urban Film Festival – TUFF, GOTTA MINUTE is designed to capture and cultivate the hearts and minds of film lovers “on the go”.

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Festivals Calendar

The Festivals Calendar is a combination of events from Gotta Minute Film Festival and FAVA FEST. For other calendars select from the following:

Select from the links above for their specific calendars. Or browse the following calendar to find all programming events.

March 2018
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
February 25, 2018 February 26, 2018 February 27, 2018 February 28, 2018 March 1, 2018 March 2, 2018 March 3, 2018
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FAVA FEST is FAVA’s annual celebration of film, video and media art created by our membership. It includes screenings of local and international work, artist talks, and cash awards for the year’s best at FAVA GALA.


Gotta Minute Film Festival

A celebration of Public Art, on Public Transit, in Public Space, proudly brought to you by PATTISON Onestop and FAVA!

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Each of FAVA’s annual classes ends in a special premiere screening of the finished student works. Most of our classes have screenings at Metro Cinema. Beyond class screenings, FAVA also hosts screenings for artists, partners and other organizations.


Summer Party

Come and relish the rare opportunity to connect with other members of the filmmaking community while enjoying a tasty burger and good music. We’ll be unveiling the results of our Super 8 Challenge!


FAVA Bucks

Twenty FAVA Bucks are awarded for each volunteer hour worked. These Bucks can then be used to offset up to half of a member’s production invoices. FAVA Bucks will not be accepted for workshops, membership dues, film or tape purchase, or special events. Our system rewards those who contribute their energy and time to the organization, and gives opportunities to become immediately involved in the operations and projects of the co-operative.


All members are required to volunteer 12 hours per year. Members will be notified of many specific volunteer opportunities. Out of town members are encouraged to be creative with their voluntary contributions – the writing of articles, the scouting of potential gear acquisitions, etc.

Volunteer Opportunities

FAVA will endeavor to post all the upcoming Volunteer Opportunities right here on the website, as well as our e-bulletin.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact the office at 780-429-1671 or email membership at fava dot ca.  If you have an idea for a volunteer opportunity, let us know as well.

– We are always in need of admin support.  Please contact us at least a week in advance with your availability and we’ll arrange a time.

FAVA Supports Equity

FAVA is firmly committed to ensuring full access to the organization and its resources to all people, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age or ability.

Member in Good Standing

To remain in good standing at the co-op, members must fulfill the mandatory 12 hours of volunteer service per year, maintain a clean account and strive to serve the co-op to the best of their ability.



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