Canton Film

Interact with 1oo Filmmakers and their Art

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.


This year, we are accepting films completed on or after January 1, 2018.

We do not require premiere status and will consider shorts which have been made available for online viewing (though preference will be given to films not available online).

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

Students are welcome and should include school information in their cover letter.

All submitted material must be the original work of the author(s) aside from copyrighted music (which we accept).

We accept material from anywhere in the world. All submitted material must be in English or with english subtitles.

Entry fees are non-refundable. No refunds will be issued for any reason.

Contest applicants must accept without reservations the decisions rendered by the competition.

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.