Fokus Film Festival


Submissions OPEN now for Fokus Film Festival 2015

Fokus Film Festival is the only festival for student film at McGill University hosted annually by TVM. All McGill students are welcome to submit original short films for presentation and competition. Films are divided into 5 categories: fiction, documentary, animation, experimental, and 72-hour competition. Selected films will be screened in one evening at Cinema du Parc at which all the McGill and Montreal community is invited and welcome to attend. After the panel of judges and the audience cast their votes prizes will be awarded to the best of each category, the People’s Choice, and the Best of the Fest. Winners will be announced at the festival after party.

This Year’s Theme

The theme for this year’s festival, Time Travel, highlights the the ability of film to treasure and rescue memories, adventures,and landmark moments and figures of history. But also cinema’s ability to forecast and imagine the future of our cities, society, and world at large. So join us at FOKUS to celebrate cinema as an art, technology, and medium that brings together past, present, and future!

Film Submission Guidelines:

    • – Categories open: fiction, documentary, experimental, animation, and 72 hours competition
    • – Films must be no longer than ten minutes; there is no minimum length
    • – Each film must have at least one McGill student on its crew
    • – Films are encouraged to not include copyrighted music
    • – Films are not required to include the festival theme
    • – Filmmakers may submit multiple films
    • – There is no fee to submit films
    • – A Selection Committee will review submission and you will be contacted if your film has been selected for the Festival screening
    • – Deadline for submissions: March 22nd 2015


Submission form:


 72 Hours Filmmaking Competition:

This 3-day creative challenge consists of groups of student filmmakers who write, shoot, and edit a short film from scratch over a 72-hour period. The competition begins after teams are given a ~*secret element*~ that must be included in each film’s plot, narrative, visuals, or other cinematic components.

The element will be revealed at our orientation event that will take place on Thursday, March 19th at 5:30 pm. After that, you have 72 hours to complete and submit your short film before 5:30 on Sunday the 23rd!

Each filmmaking team must consist of at least one McGill student. If you don’t have a full team but still want to be part of the competition, shoot an email to us at and we’ll set you up with some other free agents so everyone has the chance to participants!

If you already have a team you use this form: Registration for 72 Hours Filmmaking Competition

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Festival Screening

When: Friday, March 27st 2015,  from 7pm to 10pm

Where: Cinema du Parc (3575 Avenue du Parc)

Tickets: *more information coming soon*


Festival After-Party

*more information coming soon*



Please address any questions to


We hope to see you soon,

The FOKUS team!