Call for Submissions for 10th Fest

Calling all filmmakers! We are accepting submissions until Monday, December 14. Submission details can be found on our Submit page. There is no submission fee and we pay screening fees to filmmakers for selected films. Official Selections are eligible for three juried awards: (1) Best Live Action Short, (2) Best Animated Short, and (3) Best…

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2015 Award Winners

Congratulations to the award winners of the 2015 Reel Shorts Film Festival! You can watch the Audience Choice winning film below. Jury members Cody Blue Snider, Brian Morey, and Josh Miller (from right to left in the photo below) selected the following winners from the 95 films that were eligible for juried awards: Best Peace…

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2015 Schedule & Films

The 9th Reel Shorts Film Festival, presented by Hansen Ford Lincoln, is very pleased to announce our program of 108 short films from 25 countries in 19 packages. Check out the Schedule where you can find a pdf of our 68-page program book. In addition, we will screen the films from the Frantic48 Film Challenge…

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Frantic 48 Film Challenge Apr 24-26

Calling all Peace Region filmmakers and anyone else who’d like to register a team for an adrenaline-filled weekend of filmmaking in the Peace Region! PRIMAA and the fest have joined forces to put on the second annual Frantic48, a 48-hour film challenge the weekend of April 24-26, 2015 (early bird registration deadline April 1; final…

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Jury Members and Filmmaker Insights Panel

We are very pleased to announce the jury members who will determine the award winners for the Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best Peace Region Short: Josh Miller, an award-winning writer/producer and President of Panacea Entertainment, an independent film and TV production company in Edmonton, Alberta Brian Morey, Head…

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May the shorts be with you

The theme of this year’s festival – may the shorts be with you – seemed a natural choice considering the first package we put together for the fest was Time Warp which screened on Sep 26 and 28 as part of Alberta Culture Days. It will screen again during the fest. Chris Beauchamp took that…

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2014 Screenplay Competition winner

Congratulations to Susan Winters who won SCaMP, the Screenplay Competition and Mentorship Program, with her screenplay entitled Little Thailand! She is shown here at the Sneak Preview on Sunday, Sept 28 after Grande Prairie Live Theatre Board of Directors President Sandra Pippus (standing behind her) presented her with a $500 cheque and an award held…

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Call for Submissions for 9th fest

Calling all filmmakers! We are accepting submissions until midnight on Monday, December 15. Submission details can be found on our Submit page. There is no submission fee and we pay screening fees to filmmakers for selected films. All Official Selections are eligible for the Audience Choice Award and three Juried Awards: Best Live Action Short,…

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SCaMP – Screenplay Competition and Mentorship Program

Calling all screenwriters and filmmakers 18 years of age and older who are current or past Peace Region residents! Announcing SCaMP, the Screenplay Competition and Mentorship Program! Write a script, rewrite it, make a movie. This opportunity is made possible with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. Submit your short screenplay (maximum 15…

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Award Winners

Congratulations to the award winners of the 2014 Reel Shorts Film Festival! Jury members Scott Belyea, Meaghan Brander, and Gordie Haakstad selected the following winners from the 15 animated shorts, 15 documentary shorts, and 57 live action shorts that were eligible for juried awards: Best Animated Short – Oh Sheep!, a 7-minute film from Germany…

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School Program

With 37 films from 15 countries screening in 5 different film packages, our school program is one of the largest in the country. Over 1,000 students attended screenings in 2013. The festival also coordinates filmmaker class visits and offers mentorship programs. The following films were selected by teachers on our programming team. The public is…

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2014 Schedule & Films

Three big announcements! The Presenting Sponsor of the 8th Reel Shorts Film Festival is Hansen Ford Lincoln in the Gateway Centre. Look for some really cool things to happen during the fest as a result! Secondly, check out the Schedule where you can find a pdf of our 60-page souvenir program and our program of…

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2014 Fest Passes available now

Get your fest passes to the 8th Reel Shorts Film Festival May 7-11 – available to purchase online at www.gplt.ab.ca! Only $60 gives you priority access to a “spectacular” selection of many of the world’s best short films – see our Testimonial page for quotes from past attendees. We will announce the full line-up and…

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Frantic 48 – a 48-hour film challenge May 2-4

Calling all Peace Region filmmakers and anyone else who’d like to register a team for an adrenaline-filled weekend of filmmaking in the Peace Region! PRIMAA and the fest have joined forces to put on what we’ve affectionately called the Frantic 48, a 48-hour film challenge the weekend of May 2-4, 2014 (early bird registration deadline…

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FilmFreeway vs Withoutabox and the rest

[Here’s a great April 3, 2016 article – The seismic shift in the world of film festivals – which includes recent research about Withoutabox and FilmFreeway. It’s well worth reading!] Withoutabox is the Goliath when it comes to platforms that connect filmmakers to film festivals and make digital submissions to multiple festivals an easy process,…

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Call for Submissions for 8th fest

Calling all filmmakers! We are accepting submissions until midnight on Monday, December 16. Submission details can be found on our Submit page. We don’t charge a submission fee and we pay screening fees for selected films. For our 2013 fest, we received 365 submissions from 41 countries and considered another 619 films that were seen…

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Editing for Filmmakers workshop

For filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers who have a love for filmmaking and a desire to better understand the artistic world of editing, we have a great workshop for you! Taught by Gordie Haakstad, the Editing for Filmmakers: Exploring the Final Rewrite workshop will be an excellent chance to delve into the artistic and emotional concepts…

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School Program

With 45 films from 14 countries screening in 5 different film packages, our school program is one of the largest in the country: Flights of Imagination (Gr 1-3) with 3 screening times suitable for schools as well as a screening time on the weekend: Tues, Apr 30 @ 9:30 am Tues, Apr 30 @ 1:00…

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2013 Program

Our 60-page program can be viewed by clicking Reel Shorts Program. For a printable schedule, click Reel Shorts Schedule Special thanks go out to Kate Foote who whipped this together in record time! It’s going to be a great fest – hope you can join us!!

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Screenwriting Competition

Announcing the Reel Shorts Screenwriting Competition for Peace Region filmmakers! Write a script and win a $2,500 production package to make your short film! The submission deadline is noon on Monday, April 29. In an on-going effort to develop filmmaking in the region and to showcase more Peace Region films in the festival, we are…

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2013 Schedule & Films

I am thrilled to announce our program of 102 films from 22 countries in 16 packages screening 30 times the week of the fest. That’s the largest program of shorts of any film festival in Alberta. Half are premieres – world, North American, Canadian, or Albertan – and half are award-winners. We considered over 1,000…

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Fest Passes available now!

Get your fest passes now! Only $50 for 5 days of unlimited viewing of many of the world’s best short films including a great selection of 5 Peace Region films! Each Peace Region film will premiere on a different day but we’ll have an encore screening of them in a Best of the Peace Region…

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2013 Fest Poster

Thanks to the incredibly talented Chris Beauchamp of Beauchamp Creative, we have the coolest fest poster that I’ve ever seen! It totally captures the spirit of the fest-produced films we’ll be presenting: The Horizon Project on opening night which was shot during the Shoot for Reel internship program last summer, and the film that will…

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