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.

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).

Overall Rating
  • Chris Oledude

    From Christopher R. Owens, President, CESO Enterprises, Inc.

    On behalf of CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., Alyssa Dann, Chris Oledude, and all of our production participants, I would like to compliment the organizers and operators of Calgary Independent Film Festival. When we created our first music video (which was long enough to be a short film), we knew nothing about film festivals. With the help of FilmFreeway, we started researching. The categories were good. Everyone who contacted us on behalf of this festival was helpful. The submissions looked excellent.

    It was indeed exciting to discover this new world and to be so warmly welcomed by the inhabitants! To have GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES selected for inclusion was an honor in and of itself.

    We were happy to “get the word out” and continue motivating people worldwide to consider the injustices embedded within our nation’s criminal justice system. After all, situations where a powerful segment of the population uses its law enforcement apparatus to abuse and oppress other segments of the population are recognizable in and common too many societies.
    We recommend submitting your work and we certainly intend to participate again in the future.

    Peace and stay safe!

    January 2022
  • Thank you for the opportunity to compete among such talent! Great festival!

    January 2022
  • Charlene Doak-Gebauer

    Excellent experience.I recommend this film festival to anyone!!

    January 2022
  • Delighted that you enjoyed my Award-Winning comic script, Rodeo! Thank you for this encouragement. Idea for RODEO? See

    January 2022
  • Thank you to Calgary Independent Film festival. Our cast is delighted and appreciative of the honor of "winner " for Best Thriller Feature. As a film maker this platform has propelled us into the spotlight. The judges, process and experience has been amazing
    I would recommend Calgary Independent Film Festival to any film maker who wants a chance to be recognized for the artistry in the story of the film
    Rebecca ! S L A

    January 2022