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Southwestern Ontario’s Banner event for High School Filmmakers!

OCTOBER 23, 7:00pm. YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL at the Wolf Performance Hall, Downtown London, to see the 2019 Official Selections Click Here

$3750 in Prize Money!

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OCTOBER 23rd, FREE Seminar! Book your field-trip today!

Register Here to attend or Register for the Online Viewing

Teachers and students are invited to the Forest City Youth Film Festival student field trip.

Where: Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 6H9

When: Session 1, 10:30am-11:30am, lunch break, Session 2, 12:30-1:30pm

Cost: $FREE

You are also invited to return in the evening 7-9pm for the Youth Film Festival Awards. $5 Tickets are on sale now.

If you are unable to attend the seminars, please register for our online viewing using the ONLINE Registration form.

Spaces are limited and reserved on a first come first served basis. Schools are asked to arrive around 10:15 am for students to find their seats before the start time at 10:30 am.


Register today for the October 23rd Seminars

10:30am - Film Dialogues

Learn from the Experts

Hear from three experts about their experiences in the film industry. How they got started, challenges, highlights and favourite projects. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions after each talk.

12:30pm - Attention to Sound

When filmmakers are asked how they transitioned from hobbyist to professional, a production detail often included in the answer is: attention to sound. If you'd like to know more about how you can develop and use better sound techniques, both technically and creatively, join us for a sound seminar to discuss best practices for aspiring filmmakers – tips and tricks in recording and editing dialogue, sfx and music will be demonstrated to render your narrative more engaging to all audiences. This is a perfect seminar to gain an edge for new and aspiring filmmakers.

The seminars below were given on April 4th. The live stream of these seminars is available below.

Past Seminars

Learn How to Make a Winning Film

Make a Winning Film

Watch samples of award winning shorts in this interactive seminar with Jordan Morris.  This guided tour of all the festival categories for the 2019 Forest City Youth Film Festival will help you create your winning film.  Students will also have an opportunity to ask questions to gain a deeper understanding of their entries and tackle any obstacles they may have throughout their process.  Let us help YOU make a better movie!

Working with Talent

Live directing demonstration

Join us for this fascinating look into how a professional director can elevate the performance of their talent and change the dynamics of a scene.  Romy Goulem, Advanced Filmmaking, Fanshawe College will take a couple of actors through a table read/breakdown of a scene and then "put it on its feet" in front of a camera in a few ways that will including choices from the audience.  A very interactive session great for future filmmakers, actors and writers alike.

2019 Entry Categories

Submissions closed for 2019

The top five films in each category will be chosen as official selections and will be screened to a live Audience in the Forest City Youth Film Festival on Wednesday October 23, 7:00 pm at the Wolf Performance Hall in downtown London Ontario. Industry judges will choose the winning film and runner-up in each category. In order to be screened, films must be shot in 1080P or 4K.

We accept the diversity of our country and encourage submissions in English, French, new comer, and/or Indigenous languages.

ANIMATION  45 seconds - 3 minutes

A collection of pictures that are photographed frame-by-frame and then played in quick succession to appear as though the subject is moving. Here is an example of a simple Claymation short called Butterfly.


Professor Tarantini considers teaching to be his raison d'être. He believes in helping students develop a vision of their creative identity and instill in them a belief that they have the potential to realize it. He has taught a wealth of animation and visual arts courses over his career and has been at Sheridan College since the year 2000. He has over 20 years of creative and management experience in the animation industry, contributing to many animation productions: Magi-Nation, George Shrinks, Ewoks, Timothy, Franklin, The Magic School Bus, Little Bear, Rupert, Babar, Beetlejuice, Care Bears, Ace Ventura and more. His areas of expertise include animation production, directing, storyboarding, production design and layout. He is a board member of the Society for Animation Studies and one of two convenors of the Animation Education SIG. His research focuses mainly on the relationship between animation theory, practice, and pedagogy with a particular fondness for curriculum design. Some of this research is conducted through the delivery of animation master classes and workshops internationally in India, China and Italy where he co-directed two short animated films in the last two years


NARRATIVE  2 - 5 minutes

A film that tells a fictional or fictionalized story, event or narrative. In this style of film, believable narratives and characters help convince the audience that the unfolding fiction is real.Here is an example of a short, narrative, student film called Memories

JUDGE - Professor Romy Goulem, Fanshawe College, Head of Advanced Film Studies.

DOCUMENTARY  2 - 5 minutes

A nonfictional motion picture intended to record and capture some aspect of reality. Often times documentaries focus on a true story that the filmmaker is passionate about sharing. Here is an example of a short documentary with a “call to action” called Happy Heart Mission for James Rice


Constanza Burucúa is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, at the University of Western Ontario (Canada). Her research focuses on two main lines of study: on one hand, she works on women filmmakers, questions of gender and representation; on the other, she is concerned with the reception and circulation of World Cinema in the international film festival circuit. She has been associated with the Forest City Film Festival in different capacities since its first edition — board member (2016 - 2017), selection committee (2016 - to date), international screening committee (2018 - to date). She has recently served as a member of the jury in the documentary section for the Havana Film Festival New York (April 2019).


PITCH  1 - 2 minutes

Create a video that shares your idea for a film that may be a larger film than you are capable of making at this time.  You will not be judged on technical videography, but your ability to share your vision and story.  See link for helpful tips.  Here are two examples of Short pitches by the Tribeca Film Festival:

JUDGE - Dorothy Downs, Executive Director FCFF

 CREATIVE ARTS  1 - 2 minutes

Exploring moving picture in film. Entries may be abstract and/or artistic.  Exploration of visual images and audio can be used to evoke emotion and see the world through a creative lens.  Participants must also submit a written artist statement sharing their goals and intentions of the work.  

JUDGE - Steve Mavers, Museum London, Curator of Education.

Rules, Regulations and Submission Guidelines…


* We accept and celebrate the diversity of our country and encourage submissions in English, French, newcomer, and/or Indigenous languages.

* All entries should be sent via FilmFreeway. Please don't send discs or any downloadable files to us.

* Works in progress are not accepted.

* Films must be completed after January 1, 2018.

* Entry fees are non-refundable.

* To qualify for submission the director and all team members must be registered in a high school in Southwestern Ontario at the time of submission.

* The decision of the judges and selection committee is final.

* Films must be shot in 1080p or 4K for screening.

* All performers must have signed a performers release and if they are underage it must be signed by parent or guardian.

* All music used must have proof of the license to use it.

* Doing anything that might endanger person or property for the sake of the film is strictly prohibited by this festival.

Terms and Conditions:

By submitting to the festival, you agree to allow your film (or other artistic work) to be screened by the festival during the festival run, for which you are submitting, at no charge to the festival. If there are to be any additional screenings, we will come to a mutual agreement between the filmmaker and the festival.

All Films selected by the festival will be asked to provide promotional materials, but we ask that no promotional materials be sent until selected and notified.

By submitting to the festival you are admitting copyright ownership of everything submitted and by submitting a work for consideration (a Work), entrant hereby grants the Festival the following non-exclusive, irrevocable rights to use and display the names, voices, photographs, likenesses, and biographies of the entrant and the Work's director and producer for advertising, publicizing, and promoting the Works in any media.

I understand and acknowledge that, if I am under 18 years of age, my parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on my behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker if applicable, I understand and acknowledge that I am agreeing to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on behalf of my child or a child for whom I am a legally designated Guardian.

The festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission at any time if there is any question of ownership, copyright infringement or any sign of disrespect (in any form of media) to the festival or its representatives. The Festival will not be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared materials in your film.

All submitters will be automatically subscribed to the Forest City Film Festival newsletter and may opt out at their option at any time.

Films that are posted publicly on YouTube or other public video sites cannot be screened in competition at our festival. We ask that films submitted not screen in the London region between August 15 and October 28 outside of the festival and not be posted publicly online.

Films that are official selections are not permitted to withdraw from the festival after September 15th.

FCFF reserves the right to update or modify these terms and policies without prior notice.




August 21, Sound Seminars at OIART for FCYFF Official Selections

October 23, Forest City Youth Film Festival seminars, screenings and awards night


February 1, Submissions open for Youth Film Festival

April TBA, Seminar

June 15, Final Submission Deadline

July 1, Notification Date - 5 finalists in each category will be notified