Creation International Film Festival (CIFF) is an international film and screenplay-writing festival designed specifically for the indie filmmaker who’s tired of being overlooked by all the other festivals that seem to cater only to big budget productions. Scanning the endless list of festivals not knowing where to gamble your money is frustrating. In most cases you end up with nothing to show for your hard work and limited budget.
At CIFF we’ve kept our entry fee low and offer one of the highest number of award categories, along with an option to have your film or script reviewed. We are one of the few festivals that don't ask you to pay separate fees for each category.
CIFF is headquartered in Canada, though our International judging panel is scattered around the globe. The festival runs in 4 quarters. Once a year, in March, we will hold our annual Creation Festival Gala where we will screen the best of our submissions from the 4 quarters in a theatrical presentation. The audience will choose their favorite and a beautiful CIFF Best in Show trophy will be awarded.
Entries are accepted as follows:
Winter Selection (November– January)
Spring Selection (February – April)
Summer Selection (May– July)
Autumn Selection (August– October).
The second annual Creation Festival Gala will be held March 29, 2018.
Finalists will be notified in early March 2018.
The entry deadline for our next selection is April 30 and the winners will be announced at the end of May 2018.
The second annual Creation Festival Gala will be held at the Coliseum Ottawa Cinemas in beautiful Ottawa, Canada.
All entries are eligible for an award from the list below. A certificate suitable for mounting and display will be given to the winners of each category. Winners of our annual Creation Festival Gala will receive an engraved CreationIFF Audience Favorite Trophy. The event will be held at the Imagine Cinemas in Ottawa, Canada.
Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Music Video
Best Web Series
Best Animated film
Best Student film
Best Visual Effects
Best Original Music Score
Best in Show
Screenplay 1st place
Screenplay 2nd place
Screenplay 3rd place
Being our second year, CIFF plans to explore the art of story telling. We are looking forward to being both dazzled and amazed by the world of independent cinema.
Simple guidelines for submissions:
- Shorts up to 45 minutes
- Features 45 minutes to 145 minutes.
- Screenplays should be in PDF format
- Project completion date no more than 2 years old
- Must be in English, French or Italian (or with English/French/Italian subtitles)
- Online screeners must be uploaded to FilmFreeway
- CIFF will not make your property available online
- We DO accept partially completed films