The Comox Valley is an incredibly beautiful and fast-growing community on Vancouver Island. It is bursting at the seams with creative talent, including a large group of aspiring and well-established professionals in the film and TV industry. The Comox Valley International Film Festival is designed to nurture this talent and bring other like-minded and talented people to Vancouver Island in May to celebrate the art of film-making and screenwriting. The festival is comprised of a film-making and screenwriting competition, and various other events to be determined.

PLEASE NOTE: We only screen narrative fiction films, we do not screen documentaries, music videos, promotional videos, or trailers. If you submit a film that is not narrative fiction, there will be no refunds.

The winner in each category will win a cash prize.

The Festival will pay SCREENING FEES consistent with Canadian standards in Canada dollars.

FILM Categories:

There are four submission categories:

1. International Feature (minimum 70 minutes)

2. International Short (maximum 25 minutes)

3. Canadian Short (maximum 25 minutes)

4. Vancouver Island Short (maximum 25 minutes)

SCREENWRITING Categories:

There are three submission categories:

1. International Feature (maximum 125 pages)

2. International Short (maximum 35 pages)

3. BC Short (maximum 35 pages) - open to writers who are BC residents

The winners of, and finalists in. each category will receive a laurel and a public shout-out. We also hope to get some of the best scripts pitched to producers.

2023 Winners

International Feature Film
"Close" - Lukas Dhont (Belgium)

International Short Film
"Monico Perseus" - Alfie Stewart, Tara Trangmar (U.K.)

Canadian Short Film
"Good Times Coming" - Tony Asimakopoulos (Montreal)

Vancouver Island Short Film
"My Name Is Arnold" - Arnold Lim, Sohee Hong, Lynne Lee (Victoria)

Audience Choice Award Winners (in no particular order)

"Good Times Coming" - Tony Asimakopoulos ( Montreal)
"My Name Is Arnold" - Arnold Lim, SoheeHong, Lynne Lee. (Victoria)
TIE: "Monico Perseus " - Alfie Stewart, Tara Trangmar (U.K.) &
'The Prince And The Goblin" (U.S.) - Cory Byam
"Close" - Luka Dhont (Belgium)

International Feature Film Script
1. "Walking In Iowa" - Alex Murawski ( U.S.)
2. "Goodbye For Now" - Jes Sugrue. (Canada)
3. "Pirate Queen" - John Bain. (Canada)

International Short Script
1. "A Long Road Ahead" - Bernhard Reidhammer (Germany)
2. "Sneakerhead" - Jamie Campbell. (U.S.)
3. "Slayfest" - Mark Renshaw. ( U.K.)

BC Short Script
1. "Gymnastics" - Nikki Buziak (Courtenay)
2. "Still Waters" - Heather Lynn Roberts (Victoria)
3. "MK Djarum" - Gwynn Davies. (Victoria)

FILM COMPETITION RULES

1. Films must be NARRATIVE FICTION only. We do not accept music videos, promotional videos, trailers, and documentaries.
2. All films will be paid a screening fee or honorarium consistent with Canadian standards, in Canadian dollars.
2. Official selections will be chosen by a selection committee, with the assistance of qualified advisors.
3. Winners will be chosen by juries.
4. There will be a winner in each category, although this doesn’t necessarily mean that each winning film will be screened at the festival (this would be a rare situation, i.e., when a film simply doesn’t fit any of the curated themes or there is some other reason it can’t be shown, like graphic sexuality or anything else at the directors' discretion). But nonetheless, the winners will be officially recognized as winning and will receive the laurel and cash prize.
5. In the event that there is only a single film deemed screenable in any given category, that film will be the winner in that category by acclimation (and will not be determined by the jury).
6. Filmmakers may submit as many films as they like in as many categories for which they are eligible.
7. Films screened at previous iterations of CVIFF are not eligible.
8. There are no restrictions on when a film was made.
9. All non-English submissions must have hard-coded English subtitles.
10. Films must be compliant with all copyright laws. If music, artwork, or additional film material used in your film is not original, then permission from source must be obtained. The responsibility for this rests entirely with the filmmaker. Failure to obtain clearance could result in your film being withdrawn from the Festival. In this event, CVIFF will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.
11. By submitting to the CVIFF, the participant is granting permission to view their film by the Selection and Judging Committee and if selected for screening, is granting permission to screen the film at the CVIFF and use selected clips it in promotional materials (including but not limited to press releases, websites, social media, TV, radio and print). After the festival, CVIFF may post the film online only if the film is publicly available for viewing.
12. If selected for screening at the festival, the filmmaker will be required to submit the following:
• Minimum two high-resolution film stills
• One high-resolution Director's headshot photo
• Brief synopsis of the film (50 words)
• Film exhibition copy in 1080p resolution, in MP4 format
• Film trailer file and/or online link

13. The festival organizers reserve the right to withdraw an offer of official selection and/or an award if the filmmaker is non-responsive to requests for information listed in item 11. of this list, or non-compliant in any other way related to the rules of the festival, or acts in an inappropriate manner that would would reflect negatively on the image and repuation of CVIFF.
14. Once a film has been selected for the festival it may not be withdrawn.
All entrants agree that the decisions of the juries and festival directors are final and there are no procedures for appeal.

SCREENWRITING COMPETITION RULES

1. Winners and placements will be determined by jury rankings.
2. Scripts that have been submitted to previous iterations of the festival are not eligible.
3. While submitters can submit as many scripts as they want in a single category, only the top ranked submission will be eligible for an award (i.e., a submitter cannot win more than one placement in a single category).
4. Each individual script may be entered in only one category.
5. Submitters may compete in a maximum of 2 categories, but in order to do so, they must enter different scripts in each (i.e., see rule #3).
6. Any script that has already been produced into a film is not eligible.
7. All submitted scripts must be formatted in some commonly accepted format and the festival organizer reserves the right to discard improperly formatted submissions (although they will make every attempt to contact writers to get reformatted submissions).
8. All submitted scripts must include both an anonymous and named version of the script.
9. All payments are final and there will be no refunds of script submission fees.
10. There are no restrictions on when a script was written.

Overall Rating
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  • Such a wonderful festival to be a part of!

    July 2024
  • Ana Gusson

    Thank you Comox Valley International Film Festival for screening 'Pivot'. We're honoured to be part of such meaningful events!

    June 2024
  • We were delighted to have the World première of our short film "Lichtblick - Glimmer of Hope" at CVIFF in May 2024. The communication with the team was excellent, Stephanie was lovely, very responsive and helpful. Furthermore, we were thrilled to be selected by a festival that pays screening fees! Basically, a unicorn among festivals. We look forward to attending the festival in person in the near future!

    May 2024
  • Lorne Kraft

    I really enjoyed this festival. Well organized, great venue and a lot of interesting films/filmmakers.

    May 2024
  • We do love a smaller festival that treats their programme with great care, and this festival is definitely one that is going from strength to strength. We were delighted to have 11 clients selected for their 2024 edition:

    5 A.M.
    7 Minutes
    Dog Days
    He's Dead, Thanks
    Lichtblick
    Linda
    Pinwheel Horizon
    Smoking In Public
    Teddy Picker
    The Fox
    This Bitter Earth

    May 2024