EstDocs Film Festival Toronto

Do you have a story that needs to be told? Get inspired!

Filmmakers have until October 2, 2017 to submit. Click on the information and pencil icons to view the guidelines, awards, and submission forms.

The 9th EstDocs Short Film Competition continues to be the only international short film contest of its kind to focus on Estonian-themed content.

The EstDocs Short Film Competition has a robust online presence during and after the festival where films are viewed and shared long after the festival closes its curtains for the year.

Not an Estonian? We’ve got you covered. New to this year, there will be a special “Friends of Estonia” award, awarded to the best submission by a non-Estonian filmmaker.

Award-winning films and honorary mentions are eligible for monetary prizes and will be featured at the EstDocs Documentary Film Festival Gala in November.


Maximum 7 Minutes + Credits Maximum 15 Seconds

Content & Style

  • 'Live Action' or Animation
  • Connection to Estonia or Estonians
  • Must be a Documentary or Docudrama
  • Has not been screened anywhere prior to October 31, 2017


  • Amateurs
  • Professionals
  • Students*
*Submit proof of full-time school enrollment or 2017 graduation required with entry. The independent jury has the discretion to create or eliminate award categories. Festival organizers and/or the jury reserve the right to assign submitted films to any category deemed appropriate.


Any common delivery format and container can be used, but DVD, Blu-ray or H.264 codec in MP4 container is preferred. No submission materials will be returned.

Due Date

To be received in Toronto no later than 2 October 2017


Total $2,800 (CDN). While it is currently contemplated that the first place winner receives $1000, the audience award winner receives $300 and that several lesser awards will be available in various categories and genres, the jury reserves the right to limit the number of prizes (or not award any prizes at all), depending on the quality of the submissions.

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