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Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) announces Grand Jury Award winning short films

Films eligible for OSCAR® consideration upon submission to the Academy by October 15.
Check out the features and short films in theatre and online at the Edmonton International Film Festival, through October 10. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

The jury has spoken.  Earlier this month, five jurors spent hours watching, debating, re-watching, re-debating, to determine which two short films from this year’s line-up would have the best shot at winning OSCAR® in 2022.  

The winners are:


Best Short Film 

(Animation) (Live Action)


Director: Varya Yakolava Producer/Director/Writer: Michael Gamarano Singleton

7-mins. | Moscow, Russian Federation 10-mins. | London, UK

In 2016, EIFF was named an OSCAR® qualifying film festival in the short film categories of ANIMATION and LIVE ACTION by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Worldwide, 107 festivals are OSCAR qualifiers, and in Canada, it's– EIFF, TIFF and the Calgary International Film Festival.  Filmmakers have until OCTOBER 15 to submit their film to the 94th Academy Awards.  

EIFF is the final OSCAR® qualifying film festival in the calendar year.  Last year, the Grand Jury Award winner in the ANIMATION category went on to win its category and took home OSCAR®.  Filmmakers Michael GOVIER and Will McCORMACK said “Edmonton gave us our OSCAR® wings!”  Their film, IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU, is now available on Netflix.

Both of this year’s GRAND JURY AWARD winning films are available online from October 4 to 31.


The 35th Edmonton International Film Festival takes place until October 10 in-theatre at LANDMARK CINEMAS 9 CITY CENTRE. The ONLINE festival offers feature films virtually from October 1 to 10 and short film programs from October 4 to 31.  

Tickets for BOTH in-theatre and online are available now at