Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF) is a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to educate, support and promote visual arts and cinema of Alberta & Canada. CAFF is a bridge between the audience, critics and the contemporary filmmakers who want to showcase and discuss their work.

This festival is a platform to incubate Canadian, Albertan and international talent. In a rapidly evolving film industry CAFF is a catalyst to enhance cinematic experience with excellence and support Canadian artistic values.

General guidelines for film submission

Short Films requirements:

Short Films are accepted for our 2018 festival.
Less than 40 minutes for Short Films.

Short Films must either tell a story, make a point, teach a lesson or provide information to the audience.

Be created by filmmakers aged 13 years or older.

Full-length feature films requirements:

Full length films are accepted for our 2017 festival.

Criteria are the same as Short Film Requirements however Feature Films must be a minimum of 40 minutes.

How to submit
Films must be submitted in digital format on a DVD, an external drive or an online link (PRIVATE) to the film before the actual event, OR you can submit directly through FilmFreeway.

Submission Fee

$15 Early Bird, $25 Regular Deadline for shorts and $35 for features.  $45 for late entries, $65 for Extended Deadline

If you have any questions about CAFF or would like to make a film submission for one of our upcoming events, please contact us by email at info@cafilmfestival.ca or through the contact form. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Overall Rating
  • Jason Seelmann

    A tremendous group of helpful, caring and sincere folks! So sorry I was not able to make it to the event this year.

    March 2018
  • Dianne Ouellette

    Great festival! Had a lot fun! Had a great world premiere screening of my film! I was treated very well. Everyone was extremely friendly! The festival had lots of films to watch. Wish I had more time to see them all! All the best to future festivals!

    March 2018
  • Mauro Russo Rouge

    A good festival :-). Thans so much!

    March 2018
  • Randy S Kirk

    It was the first year and I hope there are many more to come!

    June 2017
  • Excellent festival! Professional, prompt, and friendly communications leading up to and throughout the entire event! Was a great opportunity to meet fellow filmmakers and film fans. This festival was so much fun. Friendly people, great venue and they did it up right. It was great to have our film in the inaugural event and will definitely coming back to Red Deer and the CAFF with our films next year!!!

    April 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words, Jim! We are looking forward to seeing you again at the 2018 Festival. ..Maybe even sooner!? :)