General Terms & Conditions


By agreeing to the General Terms & Conditions, the Challenger grants OIFFA full rights to post, share or use for promotional reasons the short film the Challenger submits, on any and all media channels affiliated with OIFFA.

The Challenger will not post their short film publicly until the end of the OIFFA Festival. Doing so will eliminate the Challenger’s eligibility to any potential award and could result in the film being removed from any and all screenings.

The Challenger will retain all rights to the short film they submit and grants authorization and permission from the copyrighted owners for any and all copyrighted or trademarked content. OIFFA will not be held liable for any unauthorized use of copyrighted or trademarked materials.

By agreeing to the General Terms & Conditions, the Challenger affirms that they will secure all necessary approvals, licences and rights as the creator/producer of this film by screenwriters, film owners, film producers, actors, editors, etc.

To all Challengers (i.e. participants hereafter)

OIFFA will not accept any late submissions.

All decisions are at the sole and absolute discretion of OIFFA, and are final and unreviewable. OIFFA or its Challenge jury is not required to provide any feedback, comments or reasons, or any other information, regarding the decisions it makes regarding the 72-Hour Short Film Challenge. OIFFA is not responsible or liable for its decisions; for the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding the film that are or may be obtained from the participant or anyone else; for any communications by any representative of OIFFA relating to the film; for the manner in which the film shall be, is or was considered and judged by the jury; or for any failure on the part of the Festival to provide the participant or anyone else with information concerning OIFFA’s consideration and/or review of the film.

Once completed, all films must be made available to the Festival via the Internet (email, FTP server, etc.) or a private online link. OIFFA will not accept physical shipments of any kind.

OIFFA will appoint a jury of two to three (2–3) professionals who, in their sole discretion, have the appropriate qualifications to judge the works.

Films will be considered in accordance with the official selection criteria, as follows:
• Best integration of the parameters
• Creativity and originality

The jury will award two prizes: a Grand Prize of CAN$2,000 and a Runner-Up Prize of CAN$500. They may also decide to add criteria in their appreciation. Other prizes (such as a Public’s Prize) may be awarded in the discretion of OIFFA.

If OIFFA is made aware of any concerns that a film does not constitute the original work of the participant, then OIFFA has the right to contact the participant and ask for evidence to the contrary. After careful consideration of said evidence, OIFFA’s decision to allow the film to remain to compete in the Challenge or not is in its sole discretion and is final.

OIFFA reserves the right to rule, in its sole discretion, on cases and situations not foreseen by these Terms.

By submitting a film, the participant represents that they have obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives of the film whose consent is required to submit the film to OIFFA and screen the film at the Festival, and has read, understood and agreed to the Terms.

All participants acknowledge that the Festival may be sponsored by one or more commercial partners (“sponsors”), as designated by OIFFA. By entering the Festival, the participants agree for OIFFA and any sponsor to have rights to use their film, in particular in the event that it is a winning film, for commercial and/or promotional purposes relating to OIFFA 2023 or a future OIFFA event.

All participants agree that they shall not feature any sponsor branding whatsoever without prior written consent of the sponsor.

All participants release OIFFA, sponsors and their affiliates, partners and employees from any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action for third-party claims (including intellectual property claims), personal injury and/or damage, theft, or loss suffered in connection with this Festival or the use or acceptance of the prize or any portion thereof.

OIFFA reserve the right to suspend, cancel or amend the promotion and/or review and revise these Terms at any time without giving prior notice and by continuing to take part in the official selection subsequent to any revision of these Terms, participants shall be deemed to have agreed to any such new or amended terms. Additionally, Festival management reserves the right to decide all questions not specifically provided for in the regulations.

Screenings may be limited to top 50 films depending on registration numbers.

Venue and screening dates are subject to change.

If any provision of these rules is held invalid by any court of law or similar, such invalidity shall not affect the enforceability of any other provisions not held to be invalid.

The Rules and General Terms & Conditions are subject to Canadian law and any dispute that is not resolved by consultation between the parties shall be referred to the courts of Ontario, Canada.


For any enquiries, please contact OIFFA at shortfilms@oiffa.com