Canton Film Fest

72 short films / 20 filmmakers / April 26-28

Canton Film strives to recognize and support the often-overlooked creative community of Northeast Ohio by providing educational resources, networking, and opportunities to showcase the work of independent artists and filmmakers.

2019 Canton Film Contest

Audience prizes will be awarded in every block of the festival.

Short Films for Families: $200

Animated Short Films: $200

Documentary Short Films: $200

Dramatic Short Films: $200

Comedy Short Films: $200

Horror & Sci Fi Films: $200

A $1000 Final Jury Prize will be chosen from the top films in each block which will screen on our final day in the BEST OF THE FEST SCREENNING. In keeping with our focus on building audience / filmmaker relations - only films whose filmmaker attends the festival are eligible for this Top Prize.


Submissions for the 2019 festival are closed. Our lineup will be announced here on February 28, 2019.

Every submitted film will be viewed in its entirely by member(s) of our selection team.

Festival cannot provide lodging or travel stipends, but we will do our best to provide affordable options. Hosting filmmakers here in Canton, Ohio is a top priority for our festival.

Upon invitation, participants will be contacted via email with format confirmation, exhibition details, and delivery instructions.

Films must be submitted through film freeway.