People's Choice Award
Our judges have selected the top 10 short docs. Watch each film and vote for your favourite.
Voting closes on June 16th, 2023
2023 winners will receive cash prizes and full-access passes to Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Reel World Film Festival.
Plus Special Awards
The Young Filmmakers Award
Up-and-coming creators under
the age of 18
My Ontario Award
The best video with a distinctly
People’s Choice Award
Our judges select the top 10 short docs and make them available for public voting.
Tips For Filmmakers
Short documentary films can serve as a training ground for new filmmakers or a fertile space for experienced directors to try a new storytelling approach. The key to a successful short documentary is to choose a subject that you deeply care about and make the best use of this very brief format. Every moment counts.
When I submitted my short film “Fluid” to TVO’s Short Docs contest in 2019, I didn’t think anything would come of it. But to my surprise, my film seemed to resonate with the judges when it was chosen as the winner. Not only did it give me the confidence to continue to pursue filmmaking and my arts practice, but it also opened doors to new experiences, connections and feedback that has helped shape the trajectory of my career. I’m so glad I decided to take the leap.
Participating in the TVO Short Doc Contest was an overwhelmingly positive experience. It provided me with opportunities to meet and network with industry professionals, share my work with a larger audience than I had ever experienced, and above all, gave me confidence to continue growing as a documentary filmmaker.
Winning TVO’s Short Doc contest gave me the confidence and accolades I needed to feel like I was prepared to pursue filmmaking on a professional level. Sharing your work is always a nerve-racking experience, but entering into a contest that values filmmaking and storytelling so highly makes the experience that much more comforting and rewarding. Plus, getting the opportunity to attend Hot Docs with an all-access pass gave me the inspiration to dream of my own work being displayed there one day.