the8fest call for entries!

EPFC | November 1st, 2021

the8fest is pleased to announce that submissions for our 15th festival are now OPEN!!

the8fest Small-Gauge Film Festival is a little festival for small films. We are a unique Toronto-based festival that screens films solely on celluloid: 8mm, Super 8, and 9.5mm. We also welcome installation, loops, performance/film, music/film, and ‘proto-cinema devices’ like zoetropes. Programming ranges from personal, handmade, experimental, animations, diaries, essays, collage, cut-ups, and more. Please help us create a new space for older mediums with timeless style!

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2021.

the8fest seeks your 8mm, Super 8, 9.5mm films, and other small gauge film projects (such as loops and installations) for our 15th festival being held on February 25th to 27th, 2022. DIY filmmakers, experimental artists, established filmmakers, and everyone who has an interest in small gauge film should apply! the8fest encourages and will be explicitly prioritizing submissions from Black and Indigenous artists of colour. We would also like to encourage submissions from Queer, POC and Disabled artists as well as artists of Trans and Non-Binary experience.

You can submit your application using the following form

OR complete the form attached and email it to

This Week at EPFC North: Vancouver Latin American Film Festival August 8

EPFC | August 3rd, 2021

We’re celebrating the upcoming 19th Annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival with a whole day of cinematic wonder! Tecate vs. Mate eco-processing workshop! Collaborative animation! Luxando experimental film screening curated by Alexandra Gelis and Jorge Lozano. All events are free and all-ages! More info:


Phyllis Wheatley: New Work by Nes Abegaze at BlackStar Film Festival

EPFC | July 26th, 2021

Check out the latest work by our beloved friend and EPFC LA AIR artist Nes Abegaze on August 8 at this year’s BlackStar Film Festival! “An exploration of Ethiopianism, and the ways in which diasporic youth find strength in the Pan-African messages put forth by figures such as Marcus Garvey, Phillis Wheatley, and countless reggae musicians. A historical conversation that extends in many directions.” More info and tickets:


Changes in the Ocean, Changes in the Sea at Mimesis Documentary Festival

EPFC | July 22nd, 2021

“Changes in the Ocean, Changes in the Sea”–a film by EPFC Co-op Member Emett Casey–is showing at Mimesis Doc Fest online and in person. Check it out August 8th and again August 10th!


Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, April 16 – 25

EPFC | April 5th, 2021

Verse meets visuals in Cadence: Video Poetry Festival at Northwest Film Forum, April 16–25! Celebrate National Poetry Month with a pass to this online festival featuring five thematic showcases of recently created video poetry focused on identity, belonging, and calls for racial justice, as well as a feature length film poem! Tickets are sliding scale and available now:

This year’s programming includes Haiku You, EPFC’s monthly online gathering for poets and filmmakers: