Short Doc Contest

TVO's annual Short Doc Contest is open to aspiring documentary filmmakers in Ontario. It showcases original short docs that are no more than 4 minutes and 45 seconds long.


Air Date: November 27, 2019 - 4:31
After an Oshawa couple are told their dreams are off the table, they prove everybody wrong. Colin Burwell's short doc follows them on their adventure.
Air Date: November 17, 2019 - 4:41
Emma Grunwald's observational documentary features her younger brother, Will, who's a 16-year-old aspiring rapper.
Air Date: October 30, 2019 - 1:30
Inuk artist Manasie Akpaliapik comes from a family of carvers in Nunavut. Shelby Lisk's film is the winner of TVO's 2019 Short Short Doc Award.
Air Date: October 29, 2019 - 4:44
This short documentary by Aayush Das tells the story of Gosaye David White, who describes the hardship of his former life on the street in Ottawa.
Air Date: October 21, 2019 - 4:45
Celina Bradley's short documentary features Ashley Rose Murphy, a bright young Toronto woman who was born with HIV.
Air Date: October 21, 2019 - 3:15
Sasha Jordan Appler's short film about reclaimed wood artist Craig Forget won second prize in TVO's Short Doc Contest 2019.
Air Date: October 19, 2019 - 1:43
Fluid is a poetic exploration of what it means to have no singular identity. Mari Ramsawakh's film won first prize in TVO's Short Doc Contest 2019.
Air Date: October 18, 2019 - 4:41
Braunte Petric's short documentary follows the story of Windsor lawyer Julie Macfarlane as she helps those who can't afford legal representation.
Air Date: October 18, 2019 - 4:12
Susan McLaughlin's short doc tells the story of George, who wants to close his store and retire - but he can't let go of his books.
Air Date: October 18, 2019 - 4:44
Stella Racca won third prize in TVO's Short Doc Contest 2019 with her film about the pressure of conforming to a masculine ideal.
Air Date: May 08, 2019 - 1:06
OnDocs podcast host Colin Ellis gives advice on how to submit your story to TVO's Short Doc Contest.