Youth Festival

5 minute film contest

5 Minute Film Contest for Youth


  • This is an open contest — all genres of films are accepted. In the past, winners have included dramas, comedies, animation, documentaries, and unique films which could not be categorized.
  • No professional filmmakers, actors, or other film-industry professionals. This is an amateur contest.
  • Contestants must be 15 to 24 years old on Jan.1, 2023 and residents of Canada.
  • Films must have been made since Jan.1, 2022.
  • Films must be no longer than 5 minutes in length. This includes credits.
  • Your film may be played in a theatre for a public audience of all ages during the qathet international film festival, and proceeds from admissions will go to the film festival. Your film may be posted to our website our Facebook site or other websites, or shown in future screenings by the Film Festival. Winners may be asked to submit or upload a compressed digital file of their video for the internet as well as a higher resolution screening DVD.
  • Depending on entries received prizes may not be awarded in all categories.
  • The qathet film festival, its staff, volunteers, and sponsors accept no responsibility for any liabilities, injuries, accidents, or costs incurred in the production, processing or handling of your entry or incurred by you if you attend the qathet film festival and Adventures in Film Camp.


2023 Deadline — Monday, June 6, 2023
No Entry Fee


We love receiving your entries to our contest and watching your videos.

There’s so much talent out there!

Announcing the 2022 Winners!

Best Drama

A day in a Life

Nate Hillan
Comox Valley Art Gallery
Youth Media Project

A film on the subtle effects of micro aggression and the cumulative impact they have.

Best Documentary

Resisting by Existing

Jordon Davis
Reel Youth

Resisting by Existing is a poetic meditation on the Indigenous experience by an emerging youth filmmaker.

Best Poetry Film


Fiyin Coker
Reel Youth

Solitude is a meditation on modern-day loneliness.

Best Editing


Macy Bryce
Powell River Digital Film School

A twist in perception.

Best Script


Izaiah Anchel
Elphinstone Secondary

Best line ‘I can’t get closure so I’ll have to take your tongue’.

Best Cinematography


Ji Won Jeong
Concordia University

First episode of Simple People – an ongoing personal project.
We’re starting with Joy and her memories of her playful childhood.

Best Sound Design

Café at Six

Kayla Duong
Directed by Justin Mao
Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Girl meets boy.

Best Directing


Mel Yerna and Ryder Fletcher
Brooks Secondary School

When seventeen-year-old Eleanor finds herself on a blind date that her friend set her up on, she puts everything into question again. Why has she been hiding for so long?

Films must be submitted and received by Monday, June 6, 2023.

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