The Gotta Minute 2017 program was selected by a “blind” jury comprised of Owen Brierley, April Dean, and Omar Mouallem. We are grateful for their care, artistic sensibility, and good humour in selecting 36 shorts for this year’s festival.  Given the quality of submissions, it was a challenge indeed!


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David Shepherd was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Edmonton-Centre, on May 5, 2015.

He currently serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices and the Select Special Ombudsman and Public Interest Commissioner Search Committee. He also serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Families and Communities.

Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Shepherd worked in the communications field as a communications adviser and writer for organizations such as the North Edge Business Association, the city of Edmonton and the government of Alberta. Before his career in communications, Mr. Shepherd held a variety of employment positions such as taxpayer services agent and salesperson in support of his work as a musician and studio engineer.

His educational background includes diplomas in music performance and in live sound recording from MacEwan University. He also has a bachelor of arts in professional communications from Royal Roads University, where he received the Royal Roads University chancellor’s award in 2014.

We value his appreciation of the arts in Edmonton and are thrilled to have David Shepherd select the 2017 Spirit of Edmonton Award winning film.



The Gotta Minute Children’s Show Reel was selected by an enthusiastic panel of librarians from the Edmonton Public Library:  Christine Menneor, Ilona Storie, and Nancy Sheng.  We are grateful for their involvement in this community initiative and for the tremendous in-kind support we have received from the Edmonton Public Library!



Jury Awards
Our independent Jurors selected the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards as well as the Best Animated Short Award, Best Documentary Award, and Best Local Youth Short.


Program for Young Audiences Award
The GOTTA MINUTE Kids’ Reel of 10 one-minute shorts was selected from the main program of 36 Shorts by a panel of Librarians at the EPL Milner Library.

  • The Panel of Librarians also selected the Best Short for Young Audiences Award


Community Awards
The Community Guest Judge, someone who embodies the “Spirit of Edmonton”, selects our local award: the Spirit of Edmonton Award and the Best Local Youth Short Award.

  • The community awards are open to filmmakers based in Edmonton and area.


Online Community Award
Online Votes will determine the Audience Choice Award, which will be announced at the Festival Awards Celebration October 1st and online after the Festival end date.

  • Only ONE VOTE/DAY/DEVICE [IP] will be considered in the tally.


Awards Celebration
The GOTTA MINUTE 2017 award-winning One Minute Shorts will be feted at the GOTTA MINUTE Awards Celebration (see Events for details).