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

Festivals We Love: the 8fest

EPFC | January 23rd, 2017

the8fest is North America’s longest-running festival devoted to all forms of small-gauge film, including super 8, 8mm, 9.5 and loops, shown in their original formats. the8fest showcases the 70+ history of small gauge film – from contemporary artists’ work in the form, to its wider cultural use in home movies, instructional loops and beyond.This year’s edition of the8fest consists of eight programmes, one super 8 camera workshop, and two artist’s talks.

This year marks the8fest’s 10th anniversary! Running January 27 – 29, 2017 at Toronto’s SPK Polish Combatants Hall, there’s going to be a ton of small gauge fun for everyone! Check out all the festival details here!