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. The festival has low submission costs to encourage as many submissions as possible.

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.




There are four submission categories:

1. International Feature (minimum 70 minutes)

2. International Short (maximum 35 minutes)

3. Canadian Short (maximum 35 minutes)

4. Vancouver Island Short (maximum 35 minutes)


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.

2022 Winners

International Feature Film

"Portraits from a Fire" - Trevor Mack

International Short Film

"Cuckoo" - Jörgen Scholtens

Canadian Short Film

"Mom Vs. Machine" - Tesh Guttikonda

Vancouver Island Short Film

"Idol" - Kris Fleerackers

Audience Choice Award Winners (Short Films) (in no particular order)

"Rent Do" - Gavin Booth
"Gladiolus Blossoms" - Matt Haley
"Mulligan" - Mathias Lundin

International Feature Film Script

1. "The Exit Plan" - John Bain
2. "Wayward" - Jes Sugrue
3. "Moving On" - Nicole Schindle

International Short Script

1. "Youth and Age Flower" - Andras Attila Farkas
2. "I Don't Want to Cry" - Pablo Fuentes
3. "The Forest Line" - Robin Johnston

BC Short Script

1. "Jackie's Haven" - Tammy Tsang
2. "Flaked Again" - Shawn Clark
3. "Music Next Door" - Sydney Bennett


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
• 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.


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, but

Overall Rating
  • I am so honoured that CVIFF selected my Feature Script ‘12 Hours’ as a Finalist. Your kindness & support is very uplifting!

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    We loved you script Jodi!

  • Great job on the festival and I really appreciate you selecting my script to be a part of it. Keep helping support writers and filmmakers! 🤘

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mike. Supporting Filmmakers and writers is our passion. Please keep writing great scripts!


    As a veteran of five Austin Film Festivals (incl. being a Finalist), the workshops/panels offered by CVIFF were on par with this legendary screenwriting conference.

    As a writer who hit the wall several years ago, I left reinvigorated with a ton of tips and a fresh approach (the light bulb sparked to life). The panel on the Art of Film was one of the best I’ve attended and I drew so much from the Directing Actors workshop, it’s unreal.

    My favourite quote came director Ruby J. Monro after I framed my filmmaking and screenwriting around flaws and failings. I suspect I’m not alone when it comes to the awkwardness of talking about achievements.

    “It’s not going to be easy but it’s entirely necessary.” ~ Ruby M.

    Thank you to everyone at CVIFF for your warmth and hospitality over my two days.

    If you live in the region, get your a** to this festival, if you’re a creative anywhere in the world, send in your films and scripts.

    David Margolis

    Formerly repped by Zero Gravity
    12 Features
    2 optioned
    One with a low six figure sell price and & $9 million budget
    Big Break Top 10 Finalist (2010)
    Nicholl Fellowships Semi-finalist (2016)
    AFF (Enderby Awards) Finalist (2017)

    Short film, Glass Houses - 2 year international distribution deal with Gonella Productions (France) - 2020

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    It was an absolute pleasure to meet you. Thank you for your kind words. We believe if we can inspire talented filmmakers and writers to create original works we will make this world a tad brighter. We look forward to seeing you in the beautiful Comox Valley again.

  • We were honored to have The Problem with Time Travel as an Official Selection at CVIFF. Dan Webb was a professional and great communicator with us. Definitely a 5 Star festival.

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    Mike, your film was so good. It was pleasure to show it to our audience. And we agree, Dan is pretty great along with the rest of our team.

  • Joyce Kline

    I was thrilled to have our film Cancelled Stamp screen at the Comox Valley International Film Festival. Honestly, I can't say enough great things about this festival! Terrific communications, really informative workshops and panel discussions--all with industry professionals--excellent curation, an incredible venue, and great networking events. Plus, Courtenay is adorable. What's not to love? This is a new festival that is going to make a big splash!

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    Joyce, We are so glad you enjoyed the festival and took the time to experience all that we offered. Not only did your film open our festival, it was a huge crowd pleaser too! Please keep making wonderful films we need your voice.