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Jun. 30

Submissions for the 2021 Available Light Film Festival are now open!

Early bird deadline: August 15th, 2020 23:59 PDT. 

Taking place February 5 to 14, 2021, the 19th annual Available Light Film Festival (ALFF) will feature screenings of contemporary International and Canadian cinema in Whitehorse, Yukon.

ALFF programming includes a special focus on cinema and screen content from Indigenous filmmakers, films from Northern Canada, Alaska, and other circumpolar regions, and Canadian content. The festival presents filmmaking and digital media artists for an intimate program of screenings, live multi-disciplinary performances, artist talks and workshops.

Adjacent to the festival is the ALFF Industry conference: an industry summit organized to address the ever-changing landscape of filmmaking in the digital age.

The Available Light Film Festival awards three film accolades: Audience choice awards for ‘Best Canadian Documentary,' ‘Best Canadian Fiction Film’ and 'Best Overall Film.' Available Light Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Canadian Screen Awards.

Please submit your film through http://form.zonefestival.com/?k=alff_f1

Northern Films on Screen: There is no submission fee for filmmakers based in Yukon, NWT, Nunavut and Nunavik. Contact the festival office (alffproducer@yukonfilmsociety.com) for the waiver code. Short films are ONLY accepted from filmmakers based in these Canadian Northern Territories.

COVID-19 Relief: Out of compassion for the impact COVID-19 has had on the creative industries, we are offering filmmakers submitting their work the option to opt out of paying the submission fee. Filmmakers in delicate financial situations should contact the festival office (alffproducer@yukonfilmsociety.com) for the waiver code.

IN REGARDS TO COVID-19: The Yukon Film Society takes the health and well-being of our community seriously. ALFF is closely following recommendations from the Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health (YCMOH). In this stage of planning, we anticipate that our festival will be a mixture of in-person, reduced-capacity events and online events. This is subject to change as new recommendations for events and gatherings are made by the YCMOH.

If you have any questions or concerns about this, please email alffproducer@yukonfilmsociety.com


All submissions:

Available Light Film Festival accepts Canadian and international films of medium or feature length.

Short films are ONLY accepted if they are produced in Nunavut, Yukon, Nunavik or Northwest Territories or have been directed by a resident of Nunavut, Yukon, Nunavik 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/streaming 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

Submissions to the Festival are divided into three categories:

Rough Cuts/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 2020. 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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