FAQ

WHY SHORT FILMS?

Every filmmaker that we love or have loved has made a short film, we are pretty sure of this. It is a part of the beginning of several filmmakers careers, while others will make shorts for their entire career. The Short film can compact a lot of information in a small amount of time; it can be funny, thought-provoking, and dramatic–all in less time then it takes to read this. The short film is the essence of the creative medium and we embrace it!

WHAT KIND OF FILMS IS SUYS ACCEPTING FOR SUBMISSION?

We want to see anything that you send us.  Any genre or convention is welcome. We believe the most independent stories sometimes have the most to say. So dig out that romantic epic you made in your neighbour’s garage at age 10,  or make something new you want to show. Find your vision and make it into a short movie. If you believe it’s worth it, we might too. All are welcome!

WILL SUYS SHOW MY FILM IF IT WAS NOT MADE THIS YEAR?

SUYS accepts films regardless of production year.

MY FILM JUST SCREENED SOMEWHERE ELSE, CAN YOU STILL PROGRAM IT?

SUYS is not a PREMIERE Festival, although we are proud to say that we have offered several short films their Alberta, Canadian, and World Premiere. We are interested in what you have made whether or not it has screened before somewhere else, be it another festival or your living room.

WHAT SIZE AM I?

X-Small: 1 min or less
Small: 1+ min to 10 min
Medium: 10+ min to 20 min
Large: 20+ min to 40 min

HOW ARE SUBMISSIONS SELECTED FOR SUYS?

All submissions are considered and reviewed by committee. The committee will select films based on merit and eligibility. Committee decisions are final.

HOW CAN I TELL IF MY FILM HAS BEEN SELECTED?

SUYS will contact all submissions electronically to let you now the status of your submissions and placement in the Festival.

HOW IS SUYS PROGRAMMED?

SUYS is organized by length of film. X-SMALL, SMALL, MEDIUM, or LARGE. That means genres which you usually would not see together in one program package at a festival will run one after another based on length of the shorts…so to speak.

Categories will be supplied to audience prior to screening in the program guide and are required by each submission. Explicit sex, abusive language, or violence will be monitored and attention made to audience.

DOES SUYS GIVE AWARDS?

SUYS celebrates the best in show for SIZES XSmall, Small, Medium, and Large; Craft, Innovation, Narrative, Audience Favorite, and the ‘Golden Shorts’