YFS News

Aug. 1

ALFF 2020 Submissions - Deadline October 1st 2019

The Deadline for Submissions to the 2020 Available Light Film Festival is October 1, 2019.

Taking place Jan 31 to Feb 9, the 18th annual Available Light Film Festival (ALFF) will feature 50+ screenings of contemporary International and Canadian cinema in Whitehorse, Yukon. ALFF programming includes a special focus on cinema and screen content from Northern Canada and Indigenous filmmakers from around the globe.

The fee to submit is $40.00.
ALFF accepts works over 29 minutes and shorter than 160 minutes.
We do not accept short films from filmmakers outside of Northern Canada.

The Available Light Film Festival audience choice awards for 'Best Feature Film', ‘Best Canadian Documentary’ and ‘Best Canadian Fiction Film’ will be announced on the closing night of the festival. 80+ works will be presented: shorts from Northern Canada, feature and medium-length films from Canada and around the world. Canadian and International filmmakers are invited to submit their work.

Please submit your film through our Zone Festival portal. Filmmakers based in Yukon, NWT and Nunavut should contact alff@yukonfilmsociety.com for the waiver code. YFS accepts short films ONLY from filmmakers based in one of the three Canadian Northern Territories.

ALFF is presented by the Yukon Film Society.



All submissions:

Available Light Film Festival accepts Canadian and international films of medium or feature lengths and subject matter. ALFF accepts short films ONLY from filmmakers based in Nunavut, Yukon or Northwest Territories.

All ALFF screening programs are curated and all submissions will be fully considered by the ALFF programming team.

Works selected for presentation at ALFF will be paid a screening fee (based on IMAA recommended rates) or fee set by a distributor. In some cases, the Festival may request fees be waived if the Festival is providing airfare travel support to filmmakers.

For the purposes of eligibility and awards consideration, ALFF uses the following definitions:

Film Length

Country of Production and Submission Categories

Submissions to the Festival are divided into three categories:

The origin of the majority of the film’s financing and/or the film’s key crew members, which can also include the location of significant production support.

Rough Cuts/Fine Cuts Rough/Fine Cuts:

The Festival will only accept one cut of each film for programming consideration. If needed, ALFF will request an updated version and will contact those applicants directly.


Applicants will be notified of programming decisions via email by the end of December 2019. Final programming, categorization and slotting of films will be determined by the Festival programming team. Their decision is final. Successful applicants will receive this information in their official invitation. No screeners or application materials will be returned. Do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals.


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