Submissions are now closed.

The Winter 2024 DFF will be held on May 24

*Please note that these dates are tentative and may change in the future.

Steps to Submission

1. Have your video file ready (follow these guidelines for exporting your video)

2.Make sure your film audio levels are to the standard of -12db for dialogue. 

3. Submissions are now closed. 

Winter 2024

What is the Dawson Film Festival (formerly Media Night)

For all of you who aren’t familiar with Dawson Film Festival (DFF), it’s a chance to have the film you have created showcased in the Dawson Theater. DFF is a public event at the Dawson Theater that showcases films and other media-related projects made by students in the Cinema + Communications Profile and ALC program in a public event held at the end of term. Parents, teachers, colleagues and friends attend the event. The projects are judged by media experts and awarded prizes such as best sound design, best documentary, etc. The selected films will not only be seen by your fellow classmates, but by qualified judges who will determine if your film is worthy of an award. Whether you submit a film or not, come on down with a friend to support the CinCom community!


– The director of the film must be an enrolled Dawson student at the time of submission.

– The film must be no longer than 4 minutes in length.

Technical Assistance

Use the video below to export and submit your movie.

Make sure your film audio levels are to the standard of -12db for dialogue. You don’t want your film to be too loud or too quiet. 



Award Categories

Best Documentary

Best Fiction

Best Animation

Best Experimental

Best Sound

Best Editing

Best Direction

Best Cinematography


Dawson Film Festival will be held in the 180 seat Dawson Theatre located on the campus at 2000 Atwater Ave, Montreal, Quebec, H3Z 1A4. Please arrive up to 30 minutes in advance.


Winter 2023 Winners