Calgary Independent Film Festival ( formerly Phoenix Genre/Comedy festival) is a bi-monthly online celebration of the best of independent cinema. The festival's goal is to present all forms of independent films to the general public. We accept all genres of films, including Horror, Action, Crime, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance, Science Fiction, Sports, Thriller, War, Western, Student, Covid, Women Empowerment, Documentary, Experimental, LGBTQ, Animation from all around the world. All the best films of each month "might" get into our annual online event, which occurs once per year in Calgary. During the yearly event, the festival brings together new voices in the industry professionals in filmmaking to encourage and support new, creative additions to cinema arts.

FILM AWARDS:
There are eighteen awards for Feature Film Category
Best Comedy, Best Horror, Best Action, Best Crime, Best Fantasy, Best Romance, Best Science-Fiction, Best Sports, Best Thriller, Best War, Best Western, Best Documentary, Best Student, Best Covid, Best Experimental, Best Student, Best LGBTQ, Best Animation

There are eighteen awards for Short Film Category
Best Comedy, Best Horror, Best Action, Best Crime, Best Fantasy, Best Romance, Best Science-Fiction, Best Sports, Best Thriller, Best War, Best Western, Best Documentary, Best Student, Best Covid, Best Experimental, Best Student, Best LGBTQ, Best Animation

A) Eligibility Requirements

1. Films completed on or after Jan 1, 2015, are eligible for consideration
2. Films previously submitted to the Festival are NOT eligible for consideration.
3. Feature-length films that are available for public online viewing are not eligible.
4. Films shown at private screenings not open to the public (for the crew, investors, etc.) are eligible.
5. All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Dialogue lists are not accepted.
6. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry to the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

B) Submission Guidelines

1. Feature-length films must be submitted via an online screener hosted by Vimeo, DVD or Blu-ray disc.
2. Only complete entries (including fee payment and screener) will be considered.
3. Entrants are permitted to submit works-in-progress (i.e., without final colour correction or sound mixing), but please note that the programming committee will only consider the version submitted. Subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the request of the programming committee.
4. To qualify for student entry fee rates, the entrant must include proof of student status at the time of production (copy of student ID, transcript, etc.)
5. All films selected for the Festival will screen on Bluray/DCP unless otherwise arranged by the submitting filmmaker and programming team.

C) Shipping (after selection)
The entrant must pay the cost of shipping an entry to the Festival. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent “free domicile” to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

D) Judging & Selection

Films are selected for Festival presentation by the Festival programming committee. If a movie is selected, the Festival office will contact the entrant by phone or email. The Festival does not provide feedback or screening notes to entries that are not selected.

All competitive film categories are judged during the Festival.

E) Entry Fees

The appropriate entry fee must accompany each entry. Entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, registration notification, consideration by the programming department, and notification of the results. These fees may be paid by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express).

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  • This festival is a must for all filmmakers.

    November 2021
  • Jack Grewar

    It was an honour to be selected at the Calgary Independent Film Festival for my feature 'Low Rollers'
    Great communication and organisation, highly recommended!

    November 2021
  • Ayato Otsubo

    It was an honour to be a part of the fest, and thank you for nominating our film "River Talks To Me". Our team would love to submit another film again in not too distant future.

    Kind regards

    November 2021
  • Charles A. Honeywood

    Phenomenal Film Festival. Very Welcoming and kind. Truly an honor to be apart of this month's festival. Very highly recommended.

    November 2021
  • What a great festival, I strongly recommend!! Next project I'm working is getting submitted right here

    November 2021