Festival international du
court métrage au saguenay


REGARD - Saguenay International Short Film Festival is the largest short film festival in North America. Established in 1995 and growing steadily ever since, the event presents nearly two hundred short films from Quebec and around the world every year. The REGARD Festival has the mission of promoting independent short films that reflect an innovative spirit and demonstrate a high-quality artistic approach. The REGARD Festival will hold his 24th edition from March 11 to 15, 2020.


The Call for entries is open from June 1st to November 1st 2019.

To submit your short film, pleack click here.

A $30 CAD non-refundable submission fee is applicable from June 1 to October 15, 2019. The fee will increase to $45 CAD from October 15 to November 1, 2019 (deadline). Submissions will be considered complete once all fees have been paid and the form completed, including a link to the screener. No physical screeners will be returned. All participants will receive a response between February 1 and 20, 2020.



• Read and accept the rules.

• Complete the submission form.

• Pay the submission fee via PayPal.

• Submit the form electronically.

Your submission will be processed once we have received all required materials and fees.

The person responsible for each submission will receive an answer between February 1 and 20, 2020.

The submission deadline is November 1, 2019.



The official competition

Grand Prize
Canadian Grand Prize
Jury’s Prize
Audience Award
Best animation short film
Best documentary short film
Quebec Critics Award AQCC
International FIPRESCI critic’s award

The parallel competition

Shoot no matter what! award
Unis tv public choice award (web)
Best regional creation's award

Youth short film competition

Best youth short film

The thematic selection

Carte blanche, retrospective, panorama, focus, genre short films, experimental, documentary films, etc. The main goal behind those thematic programmes is to build bridges with other festivals and foreign countries and create a profitable collaboration. The selection committee draws inspiration from recurring films and themes during the year in order to collect short films under various themes.

Eligibility criteria for the official competition

Priority will be given to films completed after March 1, 2019.

Only World, North American and Canadian Premieres are eligible for the Grand Prize and Canadian Grand Prize. .

Films nominated for both Grand Prizes will also be eligible for other prizes of the official competition.

Films nominated for the Canadian Grand Prize can also be eligible for the Grand Prize.

Films eligible for the Canadian Grand Prize must be made by a Canadian filmmaker or by a filmmaker residing in Canada.

Documentaries and animated films are eligible for all awards, including the two Grand Prizes, if they have their World, North American or Canadian premiere at the Festival

All Canadian films are eligible for awards presented by the Fédération de la presse cinématographique internationale (FIPRESCI).

All international films are eligible for awards presented by the Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma (AQCC).

Priority will be given to films that have not yet been made available online in Canada.

Films submitted to REGARD in previous years will not be considered.

Eligibility criteria for the parallel competition


Only films produced independently, without financial assistance from the community and/or institutions, are eligible.

Only films produced by a Canadian filmmaker or by a filmmaker residing in Canada are eligible.

Priority will be given to debut films.

100% SAGUENAY competition

Priority will be given to films made by filmmakers from or residing in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.

Eligibility criteria for the youth competition

Only films selected for the youth section are eligible for the Best Youth Film Award (targeted programs for ages 2 to 17).

Awarding prizes

The juries’ decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

In the absence of recipients at the Award Ceremony, awards will be sent by mail at the Festival’s expense.

The Festival will then communicate with the filmmaker and rights owner of each winning film to relay information concerning all prizes.

A Canadian film can only be awarded one of the two Grand Prizes for the official competition.

Neither of the two Grand Prizes can be awarded to two films deemed to be tied.

If the nationality of the filmmaker is different from the country the film was made in, the nationality of the filmmaker will be given priority in establishing eligibility for certain prizes awarded by the Festival.

The Festival reserves the right to present all or only a selection of award-winning short films during the “Winners screening” organized at the event.

Filmmakers and distributors of award-winning films shown at the Festival commit to acknowledging that these films were award winners at REGARD in their promotional material, and commit to adding this mention to digital copies of the film.

Screening copies

Films selected must be sent in ProRes format.

All films must be subtitled in English and/or French.

ONE WAY shipping fees for screening copies of the film are the responsibility of participants.

The Festival will cover the RETURN shipping fees for screening copies of the film.

The Festival covers insurance fees between the receipt and the return of copies to its recipient.

As far as loss or damage is concerned during that period of time, the festival’s liability only covers the replacement value of the copy of the film.

Stay at the Festival

It is desirable that each competing film be represented by its maker or by a representative of the film during the event, up to the Awards Ceremony.

For a limited time, the Festival will pay for accommodations for filmmakers whose films were selected.

Our guest services team will get in touch with each selected filmmaker to provide all the necessary information concerning transportation, accommodation and festival accreditation.

Regarding the travel costs of participants from outside Quebec, the Festival can provide an official invitation letter for participants to include in their applications for financial assistance

Vous désirez être les premiers informés sur ce qui se passe à regard

Inscrivez-vous à notre infolettre