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Contest Details

Important Dates

Due to an overwhelming number of requests from participants across Canada, we’ve extended the festival’s submission deadline.

Submission deadline: May 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm (PST).

Voting opens: May 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm (PST).

Voting closes: May 25, 2020 at 11:59 (PST).

The Finale: May 29, 2020 at 6 pm (PST).

Contest Details

If there’s one shared experience that has bonded Canadians together throughout this unprecedented time, it’s that we’ve all turned to the media as an escape. Yet, in a moment when we’ve all relied on content creators to distract us from this crisis, so many of them have been disproportionately vulnerable to its economic effects. Remarkably, they haven’t stopped creating. Despite being stuck at home, they’ve taken their talents online, entertaining us on Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, etc.


Quarantine Stories is an opportunity for these creatives to reach a wider audience. Every short film submission helps us with our ultimate goal of supporting Canada’s creative community via exposure, cash prizes, and charitable donations.

Submission Guidelines

Films must be submitted directly to quarantinestories.ca

Films must not exceed five minutes — It's just easier for everyone involved: participants, viewers, and judges.

Films must be created while respecting the guidelines of physical distancing at all times.

Participants must be in Canada — Proof of residence or citizenship will be required to proceed to the finals.

Participants under the age of 18 must obtain consent from a guardian to be considered eligible.

One entry per participant — We’re expecting a lot of submissions, so just pick your best idea and enter that one.

Works that were commenced prior to March 10th, 2020 will not be considered — It’s not fair to other participants if you submit a film you’ve been working on for six months. We’re looking for films created specifically since quarantine orders were announced.

Keep things respectful — We don’t want to censor you, but exceedingly lewd, prejudicial, and hateful content will disqualify you from consideration. We trust you to exercise your judgment.

Non-English films must have subtitles — We welcome submissions in languages other than English.

What happens after Submission?

Your submission will be screened by our panel to ensure it adheres to contest guidelines. It will then go live on our website before voting commences on May 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm (PST).

Guidelines For Voters

Voting will be open to audiences across Canada until May 25, 2020 at 11:59 pm (PST). To vote, Canadians must register a profile with quarantinestories.ca and log-in to their account. Once registered, users have the option to rate each submission (out of five stars) one time, but cannot rate films a second time thereafter.

Judgment Criteria

The films that receive the highest number of votes will be reviewed by our panel of judges, who will then determine which five will proceed to the finals. Ultimately, they’ll select a winner based on creativity within the constraints and quality of storytelling.

The Finale

The festival’s winner will be crowned during a live-streamed event on May 29, 2020 at 6 pm (PST), where we’ll screen the films of all five finalists, facilitate Q&A with the audience, collect money for charity, and more.

The Prize

We’re proud to be able to award $1500 to our grand prize winner! Tune in to our live-streamed event on May 29th to find out who the winner will be.


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