The Canadian Independent Film Festival (CIFF) is an independent festival born in Canada, the land of diversity.

The vision of the CIFF is to establish Montreal as a center for local and international filmmakers to share global perspectives as well as independent thoughts to a large audience through film.

The mission of the CIFF is to promote independent film culture and encourage its development along side with empowering minorities.

No Premier Status is required.

Best Feature Films:

- Canadian Fiction
- International Fiction
- Canadian Doc
- International Doc

Best Short Films:

- Canadian Fiction
- International Fiction
- Canadian Doc
- International Doc


-Best Web-Doc
-Best Web-Fiction
-Audience Award

- Photography Contest

- Best Actor/Actress
- Best Cinematography
- Best Editing
- Best Secondary Actor/Actress
- Best Script
- Best Sound

I have read, understood and complied with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered and to the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.

a- This film is not subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.

b- I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival and its Competition and understand that the Festival holds the right to screen my film for Festival screening and promotional purposes and to extract clips from this film for promotional purposes. I understand this may include online streaming of clips on Festival or Festival sponsor sites.

c. In the event the designated party is unable to attend the awards ceremony, I understand that the director and/or producer of the film as listed in the credits of the film shall accept any and all awards in their stead.

d. If selected as a participant in the Festival, television ready media clips of the film must be provided by the date provided on notice of selection if requested.

e. If selected as a participant I will deliver the film in format requested by deadline set at time of acceptance (Full Resolution file).

f. This film will not be available online publicly during the dates of the film festival.

g. Kindly, have prepared in advance a vimeo link, posters and screenshots from your movie.

Overall Rating
  • This was an excellent experience. The impeccable and professional communication as well as the exposure provided for our film "I RESIGN" is highly commendable. Thank you team CIFF for the positive actions even during this tough time of the pandemic. Hope to submit many many more of our work in the future. Highly recommended.

    July 2020
  • Bea de Visser

    Thanks for all, Jury and festival team! Nice festival to screen my film 'The animal that therefore I am'

    July 2020
  • Great team! Working on this event was an amazing experience! All the best and can't wait for the upcoming edition!

    April 2020
  • I thank all the judges of the festival who believed in me and gave me this wonderful victory. It's a fantastic festival with real professionals. Excellent and precise communication. Great quality among the selected films. Thanks again

    September 2019