Gotta Minute Film Festival 2021

8th Annual silent short film festival


The 2021 Gotta Minute Film Festival Awards Celebration is this Friday, September 17th. This event will be in compliance with the new mandates implemented by the Alberta Government that were announced yesterday evening. We have previously mentioned that we recommend you are double vaccinated, wear a mask, and practice physical distancing if you wish to attend this event. 

It’s important to us that we are doing all we can to preserve the health and well-being of our event guests, artists, employees and volunteers, so we have updated our safety protocols for the event. We are now REQUIRING attendees to be double vaccinated, wear a mask unless seated, and maintain 2 metres of physical distancing between households at the event. There are tables at Root 107 and food trucks present, so please maintain one household per table (or two households if they are your cohort), and prioritize seating for those with mobility challenges or disabilities. Note: these restrictions do not apply to those under 12 years old, though we do recommend children wear a mask and stay with their household.

If you do not feel comfortable attending, please do keep an eye on our Instagram page for we will be announcing the winners there as they happen live. Then, feel free to check out the winning films online! Winning films will have their own program and be played on PATTISON screens for the week following the awards celebration. 

If you are a filmmaker who wins an award and isn’t in attendance, we will contact you on the following Monday to arrange the delivery of your prize. 

The 2021 Gotta Minute Film Festival is on now! 

From Sept 13th to 26th, you can catch the 36 selected films online and on PATTISON Onestop screens in Edmonton and Calgary. Additional screenings of a curated program will occur at select Edmonton Public Library locations and Metro Cinema.

Don’t forget to join us for our Outdoor Award Celebration Friday, September 17th. The festivities are from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, with the official awards program beginning at 8 pm at the new ROOT 107 park space. Located at 107th Street & Jasper Avenue in Edmonton, the evening will be complete with food trucks from Calle Mexico Taco Cart, Doppers and Little Bear Gelato, live music from Rooster Davis and Billie Zizi, and of course, some excellent one-minute films! This celebration is operating in compliance with the Alberta Government’s COVID-19 mandates. More information on that above. Root 107 is a family and dog-friendly space with street and pay parking available nearby.

Join the community as we celebrate our filmmakers and give away some amazing awards and cash prizes, including an Audience Choice Award!

We are excited to host this event in person and outdoors; however, as COVID-19 is still a concern, safety is our top priority. Therefore, masks, double-vaccination, and two metres of physical distancing are REQUIRED while attending the event.


From Sept 13th to Sept 17th @noon, you can vote for your favourite film! The top voted for the film will be awarded the Audience Choice award at the Awards Celebration on Sept 17th. Click the link below to navigate to the program containing your favourite and vote for it there! Voting is limited, so please make sure you only pick your absolute favourite!

Program I | Fluidity

  • Creek Children – Alexis Marie Chute (Edmonton, AB)
  • Floe – Jamie McRae (Edmonton, AB)
  • On the Move – Makena (Calgary, AB)
  • Falling – Spencer Check (Edmonton, AB)
  • Waterway – Aran Wilkinson-Blanc (Calgary, AB)
  • Mondays, Right? – Amelie Lang-Muller (Edmonton, AB)
Watch Program I

Program II | Urban Movement

  • An LRT’s Day – Tim Schweizer (Edmonton, AB)
  • Glen and Longwood – Robert Hamilton (Canada)
  • Futures Within – Adolfo Ruiz (Edmonton, AB)
  • In Plane English – Brian Plonka (Post Falls, Idaho)
  • the game just got real – bellopropello (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Buildering – Frederick Kroetsch (Edmonton, AB)
Watch Program II

Program III | Exchanges

  • Blink – Omatta Udalor (Calgary, AB)
  • Wall of kindness – Hamidreza Hdj (Tehran, Iran)
  • Ink, I Think – Paula Kirman (Edmonton, AB)
  • The Grand Exchange – Nolan Hehir (Edmonton, AB)
  • One and a Half Makes 2 – Renee Barnachea (Calgary, AB)
  • Love is Love – Elenfant Distribution (Italy)
Watch Program III

Program IV | Identity

  • Lucia – Nicolas Jofre (Argentina)
  • Handwritten – Paula Kirman (Edmonton, AB)
  • Leavings – Lindsay McIntyre (Vancouver, BC)
  • Still I Rise? – Abhiraj Ranjan (Patna, Bihar, India)
  • The Spine Folds Far Away – eryn tempest (Edmonton, AB)
  • #Nofilter? – Jannatul Mawa Mitu (Mirpur, Bangladesh)
Watch Program IV

Program V | Spectacle

  • Accident Fetishism – Ian Rowley (Edmonton, AB)
  • Passages No.3 – Myriam Boutin (Calgary, AB)
  • D L S – Mohammadreza Setarehshenas (Iran)
  • Fuses with Fibers – Demmi Dupri (Edmonton, AB)
  • Sick – Matthew Gooding (Edmonton, AB)
  • Pareidolia – Evan Pearce (Edmonton, AB)
Watch Program V

Program VI | Flora and Fauna

  • Playtime_Worktime – Cliff Kelly (Cochrane, BC)
  • Tea Party – Carolina Guevara (Calgary, AB)
  • Celebration of Spring – Madeline Setzer (Kaslo, BC)
  • match – Amanda Torres (Calgary, AB)
  • Threnodies – Tammy Salzl (Edmonton, AB)
  • Uganda: A Wildlife Odyssey – Ryan Wilkes (Canada)
Watch Program VI

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 (link coming soon). The complete program is available on the website to enjoy during the Fest (Sept 13-26) 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. Don’t forget to VOTE for your favourite short after the show.

Awards Celebration

Join us on September 17th to Celebrate the 2021 Gotta Minute Film Festival Award Winners! This year’s awards celebration will take place at Root 107 from 6:00-9 pm. Root 107 is in the heart of downtown (Jasper Ave & 107th Street); food trucks and live music will be present, so come down and enjoy some great food, music, and silent films! Official programming will start at 8 pm due to daylight hours.

We are excited to host this event in person and outdoors; however, as COVID-19 is still a concern, safety is our top priority. Therefore, masks are recommended (but not required), and please be mindful of social distancing while at the celebration.

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