Gotta Minute Film Festival 2022

9th Annual silent short film festival

Submissions Now Open!

Submit your one-minute, silent masterpiece through FilmFreeway or through FAVA’s own AMS Network.

Submission Deadline: June 30th,  2022

General Submission Cost: $20 CAD

FAVA Members / RDP Film Students / Youth (17 and under): FREE

Selected films show online and on PATTISON Onestop screens in Edmonton and Calgary, with additional screens around the City!

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Follow this tutorial to learn how to submit through AMS:

Rules & Terms

Live-Action, Animation, Experimental, Documentary and Creative Non-Fiction

Filmmakers may submit a maximum of THREE one-minute silent shorts for the Jury’s consideration. A separate signed submission form must be provided for each film submitted

60 seconds (exactly!)

Silent (Subtitles & Title Cards permitted)

Apple Pro Res 422 or H.264 (10 Mbit/s minimum); 16:9, 1080p recommended; Frame Rate 29.97

IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO INCLUDE THE FILM TITLE AND CREDITS IN YOUR FILM. The title and creator’s name appears beside the film at all times within a set GMFF frame on PATTISON Onestop LRT Screens and on a Title Card before each film on our showreels; longer credits will appear with the film on the GMFF website and in the GMFF print program.

There are no pre-determined themes for the festival, but among our slate of awards, we offer a “Best Short for Young Audiences (children)” award. We also offer two awards to local filmmakers: the “Spirit of Alberta Award” for a film that best expresses the spirit/character/beauty/complexity of your city; and a “Best Local Youth Short Award” for a film created by a local filmmaker 17 years and under.

As Public Art on Public Transit in Public Space, the Gotta Minute Film Festival will reach a general audience of all ages. Given the makeup of our audience, GMFF is unable to accept works that contain profanity or nudity, works that condone or incite violence, hatred, or discrimination, or works that are unduly frightening to children. With both the Edmonton & Calgary Transit Systems as our hosts, we also cannot accept works that detract from the image of the ETS or CT and/or its employees.

Please note, that due to international barriers, not all prizes are eligible to those outside of Canada, and prize money is subject to transfer fees. We apologize for the inconvenience.


The Gotta Minute Film Festival recognizes the creativity and uniqueness of the participating filmmakers with an Award Celebration presenting the silent short films in a theatre with live music to accompany the piece.

All of the selected films will be eligible for cash prizes and awards such as:

  • First Place
  • Second Place
  • Third Place
  • Best Animated Film
  • Best Non-Fiction Film
  • Spirit of Alberta Award
  • Best International Short
  • Best Film for Young Audiences
  • Best Youth Film
  • Audience Choice Award

Along with cash prizes up to $1000, prizes given to winners at GMFF include filmmaking gear, premium software licenses, and more.

Please note, due to international barriers, not all prizes are eligible to those outside of Canada, and prize money is subject to transfer fees. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Where to Watch

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. The complete program will be available 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 favourite short.

Gotta Minute on the LRT

The selected short films will be shown over a two-week-long program on PATTISON Onestop platform screens. These shorts will run every 10 minutes throughout Edmonton Transit’s LRT system and Calgary’s C-train system – Public Art on Public Transit in Public Space.

Gotta Minute EPL

See these one-minute gems on the screens at select EPL branches, including the Makers Space downtown. This year, you can also catch a specially selected program just for our littles that will be showcased in children’s space.

Gotta Minute Metro Cinema

Movie lovers – it keeps getting better! Enjoy the complete GMFF program during the preshow at all Metro Cinema screenings during the festival.

Awards Celebration

Join us at summers end to Celebrate the 2022 Gotta Minute Film Festival Award Winners! More info to come.

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