BAFF 2017 is open for submissions



BAFF 2016 was an astounding success, with film submissions from over 15 countries around the world.

In 2017 we hope to receive film submissions from even more countries and to expand our reach to audiences and filmmakers alike, representing all cultural intersections. We are truly committed to engaging persons of all nations and identities.

Submissions will close on August 31, 2017. Submission guidelines are as follows:


- Will not accept films over 20 minutes

- Film must be about diversity (disability, culture diversity, sexual orientation, mental health, creator is diverse, etc.)

- Films must be submitted to appropriate category or will not be considered.

All films are viewed and reviewed by our screeners. ‎ While we encourage everybody to make and submit their best films, your film will be forwarded to the jury only if it meets the following criteria :

1). Your film is entered in the correct category.

2). Your film must contribute to the understanding and / or culture of disability / diversity.

3). Your film contains unique and original elements such as narrative, storyline, music, perspective, continuity etc.



BAFF 2017 is pleased to announce the following award categories: 

Best Regional (Atlantic Canada) Youth and Adult




Best Foreign (International) Youth and Adult




School's Choice

The school's choice award was established in an effort to engage young filmmakers. The film finalists will be shown to high school film classes where students will vote on their favourites. 


Mills Lion of Courage Award

This award was established in honour of the late Dr. Bruce Mills. Dr. Mills was President of reachAbility, a BAFF judge and panelist, and contributed countless assets to BAFF and the disability community. 



The Awards Gala takes place on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Those who cannot attend the Gala will be contacted for delivery options.

Bluenose-Ability Film Festival presented by reachAbility proudly accepts entries via, the world's best online submissions platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.