Call for Submissions: the8fest Small-Gauge Film Festival 2021


the8fest Small-Gauge Film Festival is a little festival for small films. We are a unique Toronto-based festival that screens films solely on celluloid: 8mm, Super 8 and 9.5mm. We also welcome installation, loops, performance/film, music/film and ‘proto-cinema devices’ like zoetropes. Programming ranges from personal, handmade, experimental, animations, diaries, essays, collage, cut-ups, and more. Please help us create a new space for older mediums with timeless style!

the8fest is pleased to announce that submissions for our 14th festival are now OPEN!!

Submission deadline: October 1st, 2020.

the8fest seeks your 8mm, Super 8, 9.5mm films, and other small gauge film projects (such as loops and installations) for our 14th festival being held on January 22nd to 24th, 2021. We encourage and will be explicitly prioritizing submissions from Black and Indigenous artists of colour. We would also like to expressly encourage submissions from Queer, POC and Disabled artists as well as artists of Trans and Non-Binary experience. DIY filmmakers, experimental artists, established filmmakers, and everyone who has an interest in small gauge film should apply!

You can submit your application using the following form:

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to

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Image still from Carol Cece Anderson, My Mom, 2019.

the8fest is made possible through the generous support of:
The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, as well as our sponsors, our community partners, volunteers, filmmakers, and audience.

the8fest tient à remercier ses partenaires :
Le Conseil des Arts du Canada, Le Conseil Des Arts De L’Ontario et Le Conseil des Arts du Toronto, ainsi que par des commanditaires, notre partenaires locaux, les bénévoles, les cinéastes, et le public.