Watch our 2021 festival trailer!

All the best in independent and alternative cinema is here, from surreal animation to groundbreaking dramas to quirky documentaries from around the world. Pre-order passes now at and have the entire lineup right at your fingertips this July 24 – 25! It’s more than a festival – it’s a state of mind.


Announcing our 2021 live music + film performance lineup!

Mirror Mountain Film Festival is thrilled to announce the lineup for our 2021 live music + film performance. This year’s immersive multi-media extravaganza will be performed by Ottawa singer-songwriter Kimberly Sunstrum, with live cinematic visuals created in real time by local filmmaker Hingman Leung.

MMFF will be showcasing this unique experience as a live-streamed virtual event on Saturday, July 24th at 7pm. The performance is proudly co-presented with Girls+ Rock Ottawa.

Unravelling and expressing the individual strands of experience, emotions, and energy that makes up our whole selves, Kimberly Sunstrum and Hingman Leung invite you into the sounds and visuals of their inner worlds. The interaction of music and moving images takes you on a journey spanning three periods of self discovery: honouring heritage, exposing present, and looking hopefully to the future. For this collaboration, Sunstrum will be performing new and fresh music that speaks to the self and identity, while Leung unfolds this story through the use of intricate animation projections.

Kimberly Sunstrum (she/they) is a queer, Motswana Canadian musician, singer-songwriter and producer based in Ottawa. Blending profound vocals with heartfelt lyrics, Sunstrum’s music delves into topics that are reflections of her life. Constant themes in her songs range from race, family and feminism to queerness and the ways these multidimensional identities influence how we navigate the world. Kimberly Sunstrum writes about the world as they see it with an eloquent poetry and grace.

Hingman Leung (she/her) is an independent filmmaker based in Ottawa. Having immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong at age 10, her work tends to explore hyphenated identities and spaces in-between. Her early film work includes No Doggy Bag Please, a 2015 short documentary about food waste in China which received the Public Ethnography Award from Royal Roads University and screened internationally. Since dipping into narrative filmmaking in 2018, she has continued to build on her storytelling craft and finding her voice as a director. In 2021, her experimental genre-bending short film Curbside Pickup was officially selected to multiple Canadian film festivals, including Inside Out Toronto. 

Visit our website again for updates on our full slate of 2021 programming, including this year’s film selections and a schedule of events, coming soon!

Artist photos by Adrienne Row-Smith

25% off film submissions

Special offer! Get 25% off film submissions to Mirror Mountain Film Festival for a limited time. Use the discount code ENTERTHEMIRRORMOUNTAIN on FilmFreeway and save! Now accepting indie drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, documentary, animation, experimental, music videos, dance films and more! Offer expires June 7th 2021.

Submissions open until June 7

Missed our earlybird and regular deadlines? Not to worry! You can still submit your films up until our final deadline on Monday, June 7th 2021. Mirror Mountain Film Festival is currently accepting drama, documentary, animation, experimental, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, dance, music videos and more for our upcoming 5th edition, happening this July 24 – 25! Shorts, medium-length and feature films are all welcome. Visit our Submissions page for more info.

Regular submissions deadline approaching

Are you an independent filmmaker with a unique creative vision? Mirror Mountain Film Festival’s regular submissions deadline is coming up on Monday March 29th. We’re looking for innovative, groundbreaking and unconventional films in every genre and style, including drama, documentary, animation, experimental, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, dance and music videos, so submit your work today! For more info, visit our Submissions page.

Announcing our 2021 festival dates

We are excited to announce that Mirror Mountain Film Festival will be back this July 24th – 25th 2021 for our 5th edition! For safety reasons, our 2021 festival will be held online, instead of at our usual location at Arts Court. We look forward to celebrating the best in independent and alternative cinema with you all in July. In the meantime, watch this space, because we’ll be opening for film submissions very soon!

An Ottawa-Gatineau region playlist by Mirror Mountain Film Festival

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Celebrate #613Day with this playlist of short films and music videos from the Ottawa-Gatineau region on Apt613! Featuring Mirror Mountain artists Kristen McNaule, Andrew Robillard, Maissa Houri, Ramy Raphaël, Randy Kelly, Amen Jafri, Craig Conoley, Jacob Atkinson, Sabrina Betts, Randi Rae Dubois, Nicholas Pereira, Amar Wala, Andy Conte, Morgana McKenzie, Gabriel Zaragoza, Emily Jeffers, Jenissa Commonda, Darian Smith and Gabriela Warrior Renaud, with music and words by Malayka, King Kimbit, Apollo the Child and Vanessa Rotondo! 🔥