Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will you begin accepting submissions for the SHORTSNONSTOP festival?

    Right now. SHORTSNONSTOP officially launched on June 13, 2007. You can submit anytime during the year – but pay attention to our deadlines if you wish to be considered for a juried prize. Competition deadlines are stated through the site.

  • What is due to SHORTSNONSTOP by the deadline?

    You must have completed your online application form and uploaded your film directly at You must check off all the required fields in order to successfully complete your submission. You will know that your film has been submitted successfully when you see it posted on our website. It takes five business days between the time you upload and the time we review your submission for copyright clearances and acceptability. Please do not contact us with questions or queries until five business days have passed.

  • What about the mobile rights to my film?

    By submitting your film to SHORTSNONSTOP we offer you the option of licensing your worldwide mobile and digital rights to iThentic on a non-exclusive basis for 6 months.

  • What’s iThentic?

    iThentic is an online video destination site that hosts and manages the web platform on behalf of SHORTSNONSTOP. You can learn more about us at

  • Will I be paid for Canadian distribution?

    Yes. Your film will be encoded and delivered by iThentic and you will receive the same terms & conditions that apply to all films distributed by iThentic. That is, you will be paid a 25% royalty on whatever amounts iThentic earns. Please read the iThentic Content License Agreement carefully so you understand how this works.

  • What happens if my film is not one of the Top 10?

    If your film is not selected as one of the Top 10, then you retain all your rights. You are free to submit your film to iThentic for worldwide broadcast, mobile and digital distribution on a non-exclusive basis for a 6-month license term. Again, please read iThentic’s Content License Agreement and Terms & Conditions so you understand the nature of this relationship.

  • What kind of submissions is SHORTSNONSTOP looking for?

    English language or No Dialogue projects from anywhere in the world. This online festival is designed to showcase all kinds of work, from music videos to documentary shorts to flash animation. Anything that fits our running time criteria (no longer than ten minutes) will be considered for inclusion . Also, web series will be accepted.

    The widely accepted definition of a Web Series is two (2) or more related episodes of video content that originate on the web. Content creators will be permitted to submit one (1) episode of an existing web series per SNS prize period.  A sub – category of Web Series Pilot will also be available for those web series that are seeking development assistance.

  • What if my short piece is slightly longer than ten minutes?

    Unfortunately, we cannot exceed the ten minute time limit. If we receive a work longer than ten minutes, we will only review and evaluate the first ten minutes and nothing more. You can however re-edit your film to fit our running time criteria and we will be happy to consider it.

  • What if my short piece was submitted to another festival this year?

    We love premieres – but we will accept your film if it has already screened in other festivals. But, please make sure you understand that you must have  rights in Canada available to enter.

  • Does it matter if my short piece has played elsewhere?

    No, but if the piece is currently available to view on the Internet, then we would like for you to tell us where it is for our records.

  • What kind of awards will there be?

    Six cash awards of $1500 (in Canadian dollars) each.

  • How many finalists will there be?

    There will be 10 finalists per prize period. That’s 50 finalists per year.

  • What are the categories?

    There are none, all films three minutes and under are eligible.

  • What if I want to submit my short piece to the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival?

    The CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival is our parent, but an entirely different festival. So, that means that you will need to submit your work to both festivals separately for consideration. Different guidelines, eligibility criteria and rules apply. Please check out the WSFF website for submission info at