NWFF 2021: October 22-24


October 22-24, 2021

The New Westminster Film Society in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, is excited to announce our Call for Submissions for the 2021 New Westminster Film Festival (NWFF). We welcome Shorts and Features, including Documentaries, Narratives, Experimental, and more.

We will be selecting films for Feature Length Narrative, Documentary, Shorts, and After Dark sections. As well we would love to see more films of interest to our community’s South Asian population.

We are especially interested in films by communities and cultures underrepresented in film.

Our goal for 2021 is a hybrid festival, with films both on the big screen and streaming online, however with the current global uncertainty we are unable at this time to guarantee theatre viewing for some or all films we select.

We are also exploring unconventional venues for showing films. But more on that as it develops


New West Film Society is led by a group of passionate film aficionados who want to share their love of film with the community to spark appreciation, conversation, and culture, itself. Its signature event is a 3-day festival held annually. It has steadily grown in popularity and has evolved over the years since its inception in 2011.

The New West Film Society was begun by a committed group of environmental and social activists who focused on relevant documentaries. In 2015, the society re-branded itself as the New West Film Society and widened its fare to include contemporary feature films and documentaries on many subjects, while still paying homage to its roots. More recently, it has taken on the mantle of the “filmmakers festival”. Rather than going through curated sources of films, such as the Toronto International Film Festival, it now solicits filmmakers directly – locally, nationally and internationally. This has allowed the society to create a unique festival with films of strong local relevance and also to bring to audiences to films from across Canada and around the world that aren’t seen on local screens or at other festivals.

The NewWest FilmFest is the mainstay of the society, but it is also expanding its wings to create other film events throughout the year, sometimes in partnership with others.

Over the years, the non-profit organization has partnered with a number of organizations and has been generously supported by local businesses, grass-roots organizations, the Arts Council of New Westminster, Green Ideas Network and New Westminster Environmental Partners.