True Self Film Fest

  • Location: Online & Worldwide
  • Deadline: Jun 2 2023 at 12:00PM

We’re interested in short films that are made from the heart. We want to see what artists like you are drawn to create from their core, with less focus on the technical details, and more on communicating a feeling that naturally pours from you. Filmmaking can be daunting and overwhelming, so we intend to practice a slower, more compassionate, artist-driven approach through this quaint fest.


Learn more here.




Send your submission to [email protected] with the subject "true self", include a brief artist's statement and the category of your film (see guidelines) for a chance to be featured in the fest.Submissions are due on June 1st, 2023, with a grace period until June 30. Early submissions are encouraged.



run time must be between 4-15 min

the production must be independent

all content must be original; with the exception of unoriginal content used for quotation, criticism, or review

your film should be in the scope of one of our categories...

personal diary films (non-fiction)

based on something true (fiction)

point of view (observational docs)



Online: The festival will be published online at this url. Each selected film will have its own webpage (example) that showcases the film as well as special features (so document your production process!) like photos, Q&As, a director's statement, and more. We will host an online live premiere of the fest. Ticket sale profits will be distributed to contributing artists.IRL: We are also planning to host in person festivals in Toronto, the Netherlands, and other cities worldwide — details TBD.