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!!! CIFF has moved. !!!
We are now located in Los Angeles, California and look forward to seeing you at our next festival.

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 do give multiple awards, when warranted.

CIFF is now headquartered in Apple Valley, California, 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 Fourth annual Creation Festival Gala will be held in March, 2020.
Finalists will be notified in February 2020.

The entry deadline for our next selection is July 31 and the winners will be announced at the end of August 2019.

All entries are eligible for one or more awards 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.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Music Video
Best Trailer
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Director
Best Web Series
Best Horror
Best Thriller/Action
Best Comedy
Best Animated film
Best Sci-Fi
Best Student film
Best Documentary
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Visual Effects
Best Original Music Score
Best in Show

Best Screenplay Short
Best Screenplay Feature

Being our fourth 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 40 minutes
- Features 40 minutes to 180 minutes.
- Screenplays should be in PDF format
- Project completion date no more than 2 years old
- Must be in English (or with English subtitles) 
- For reviews, the submission must be in English only
- Online screeners must be uploaded to FilmFreeway
- CIFF will not make your property available online
- We DO accept partially completed films

Overall Rating
  • Titas Petrikis

    Thank you for choosing our film in your program! Hope you enjoyed it and had a great time!

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    We did, Titas. Thank-you for sharing with us.

  • Rafael Ceribelli

    Very happy to receive the award for the Best Drama Short for Wreckage. Thank you so much CIFF, for considering my movie and for valuing truly independent filmmaking.

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    You are moist welcome, Rafael. We are very happy that you chose us for your submission.

  • goldie smitlener

    Thank you Creation International Film Festival for awarding
    Jesus God - Jesus Man, the best script. It was my honour to submit it.
    Goldie Smitlener

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for taking the time to review, Goldie. We appreciate it.

  • Emily Haigh

    Wonderful festival, great communication throughout! Thrilled, Beautified won two awards. I look forward to submitting future projects into this festival.

    March 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for reviewing, Emily. We love great films!

  • Gemma Laurelle

    A wonderful opportunity to support and contribute in the filmmaking industry. Thank you Christine and the CIFF team for your friendly support for so many creative projects and people behind them. Love it!

    March 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for submitting the trailer for Vikings Now. It is very well done but the competition was tough. We would encourage you and your team to keep at it.