Caledon Public Library

Young Reels Film Festival

Celebrating 10 Years!

Win Money & See Your Film On The Big Screen

Aspiring teen directors, cinematographers, film editors and movie buffs - now is the time to submit your short film(s). Caledon Public Library is calling students to be involved in our acclaimed Young Reels Film Festival! This year marks the 10th anniversary of this exciting contest, open to all students of high school age - (grades 9 - 12). This is a chance for our community’s youth to make a statement, be heard, and tell a story using their voice.


Submission Criteria

General Criteria

  • CPL’s Young Reels Film Festival is open to young filmmakers in of highschool age.
  • Submissions are to made at Film Freeway
  • All submissions must be accompanied by a completed contest permission form which must be signed/approved by a parent or guardian. Completed contest permission forms must be e-mailed to Leo’s attention,

  • Entrants must be residents of Ontario.
  • Individual and group or school projects will be considered. (Adult participation is limited to a supervisory or actor role).
  • Films must have been completed after September 1, 2017.
  • Films submitted must be original and not be copied from others.
  • Use original music, and not to include in your film any copyrighted film or television clips, or shots of branded products or company logos
  • All actors appearing in your film must submit a completed contest permission form - those under the age of 18 must have parental/guardian consent to participate and appear.

Technical Requirements

  • Run time of the film must not exceed 10 minutes.
  • Any film or video format may be used in production. Please note that the format in which you shot and edited your film may vary from those used for preview and theatrical presentation.

Submitting Online:

  • All films are submitted via in MP4 format.


All entries must be received no later than 8:30 pm on February 16, 2018. Entries received after this time will not be considered.


Caledon Public Library's Young Reels Film Festival 10th Anniversary Extravaganza will take place on April 10, 2018 at the library and at Albion Bolton Community Centre - Auditorium. Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 pp. In recognition of this milestone event, Caledon Concert Band will perform music from some well-loved films.

  • All participants’ short film(s) will be screened at CPL’s Young Reels Film Festival pending pre-screening for content and adherence to festival general criteria.
  • All participants receive certificates of participation.
  • One monetary prize will be awarded to one individual or group in each category.
  • Young Reels awards are generously supported by Friends of Caledon Public Library.

**CPL reserves the right to make final determinations regarding issues not currently addressed in this document.** 


For further information contact Laurie Groe at 905-857-1400 Ext. 231 or

To view all Young Reels short films fro 2010-2017, visit CPL's Youtube channel.