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Jump Cuts

Entry Information

Submissions are now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted to this year's Jump Cuts!

The Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers Showcase is a programme of short films created for young people, by young people. Jump Cuts is open to amateur filmmakers in grades 9–12.

The TIFF Next Wave Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers' Showcase, presented by RBC, will take place in May 2014. TIFF Next Wave accepted submissions for the Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers' Showcase, which presents short films created for young people by young people. Important information follows on how to submit your film.

Please read carefully.

Submission Criteria

A) General Criteria

  • Jump Cuts is open to young filmmakers in grades 9–12. All submissions must be accompanied by a completed Jump Cuts submission form, which must be signed/approved by a responsible parent or guardian.
  • Submission forms (online and PDF) are available on the official TIFF Next Wave website and by email request (
  • Entrants must be residents of Ontario. Individual and group or school projects will be considered.
  • Adult participation limited to a supervisory or actor role. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2013.
  • Films submitted to Jump Cuts must be original and not be copied from others.
  • We encourage you to use original music, and not to include in your film any copyrighted film or television clips, or shots of branded products or company logos. If your film is selected as a finalist, and contains music, clips or brands that do not belong to you, TIFF Next Wave may require you to obtain consent to use the music, clips or brands as a condition of screening your film.
  • All of the minors appearing in your film must have the consent of their parent or guardian to participate and appear.
  • If your film is selected as a finalist, TIFF Next Wave may require a responsible adult to sign a document confirming, among other things, that your film is original (or that you have obtained any consents necessary to use the work of others) and that all minors appearing in the film have the consent of their parent or guardian to participate and appear.
  • Films which depict graphic or gratuitous violence, verbal abuse or content that attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity are not acceptable for Jump Cuts and will not be considered for competition.

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 will typically vary from those used for preview and theatrical presentation.
  • Preview (submission) format:
  • Please submit your film online via a privately shared YouTube, Google Drive or Vimeo link. See below for some helpful tips.
  • If you are unable to provide an online version of your film, please contact to make other arrangements.

Submitting Online

  • While we reference YouTube, Google Drive and Vimeo as a resource for sharing your videos with us, this does not constitute an endorsement of such services.
  • For the first time user, these sites provide good instructions and guides.
  • Vimeo:
  • YouTube:
  • Google Drive:
  • Please ensure that when sharing your content that you have marked it as "private."
  • For free accounts, there is a limit as to how many viewers can view a private video. As submissions are typically viewed by a programming team, we suggest that the video you post for submission is shared exclusively with TIFF.
  • Theatrical screening format:
  • All applicants are urged to keep all of their original project files pending a programming decision.
  • At the invitation stage, further technical guidelines will be provided for deliverables.


  • All entries must be received no later than 5pm on Friday, March 21, 2014. Entries received after this time will not be considered.

Selection Process

  • All submissions meeting the above criteria will be considered.
  • TIFF Next Wave will judge all eligible entries, and choose 7–12 finalists on the basis of proficiency in form, expression, experimentation, and content.
  • A jury consisting of film-industry professionals will assess the finalists and select prizewinners based on proficiency in form, expression, experimentation and content.
  • The jury's decisions are final and appeals will not be considered.

Prizes And Screening

  • Each finalist's short film will be screened at the TIFF Next Wave Presents: Jump Cuts Young Filmmakers' Showcase.
  • All finalists receive certificates of participation that will be presented at one of the above screenings.
  • One grand prize, consisting of one trophy per winning film, and one monetary bursary, generously provided by RBC, will be awarded to one individual, group or school in each category.
  • The Jump Cuts Awards are generously supported by Garrett Herman.

Contact Information

Tel: 416-599-8433 
Fax: 416-967-7497