*** CIFF is one of the few festivals that doesn't ask you to pay a separate fee for each category. ***

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 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 third annual Creation Festival Gala will be held in March, 2019.
Finalists will be notified in February 2019.

The entry deadline for our next selection is April 30 and the winners will be announced at the end of May 2019.
The third annual Creation Festival Gala will be held at the Imagine Cinemas in beautiful Ottawa, Canada.

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 third 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 145 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
  • 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.

  • Ryan Gomes

    Very Happy to have been selected for this festival, we were disappointed that we couldn’t make it but next year we definetly will!

    March 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for reviewing, Ryan. We look forward to your submission next year.

  • Keith Large

    Fantastic festival that really supports Indie Film makers with lots of opportunities. A must enter festival. Great communication and organisation.

    March 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you, Keith. And very well done!

  • Beka Jean

    On behalf of myself and all those involved with SOMETHING ABOUT HENRY...we thank you for Selecting our little flick and we are truly honored to have garnered BEST ACTRESS for the troubled soul portrayed. We highly appreciated the promptness of communication! We will, of course consider re-entering whenever we have another flick! Thank you so much again! BEKA/Producer

    March 2019
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    Response from festival:

    We look forward to that! Thank-you.