EstDocs Film Festival Toronto
Posted on March 13, 2017

Announcing our 9th annual Short Film Competition

Do you have a story that needs to be told?

Get inspired –

EstDocs 9th Short Film Competition now accepting submissions

Filmmakers have until October 2, 2017 to submit


If you've got a camera, passion for filmmaking and an idea for an Estonian-themed documentary or docudrama, enter your short film into this year’s EstDocs Short Film Competition. The 9 th EstDocs Short Film Competition continues to be the only international short film contest of its kind to focus on Estonian-themed content.

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

>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.

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.

The EstDocs Film Festival runs from November 3 – 7, 2017.

The EstDocs Short Film Competition welcomes short documentary films (7 min or less) which are either live action or animated and in any style, provided that:

  1. the film has some connection to Estonia or Estonians;
  2. the film is a documentary or docudrama.


Submission Process

The entry form and guidelines for the Short Film Competition are available on our Short Films Competition Page (look for the information and pencil icons for the links). Past competition submissions and winners can be viewed at .

Entrants may submit films by mail or by electronic means for the October 2, 2017 deadline.

All accepted submissions will be screened in Toronto prior to the festival for Audience Award selection.