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!!! CIFF has moved. !!!
We are now located in Los Angeles, California.

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.

We know that getting a review of your film or script is a gamble at best. You pay a high price and end up with something that is useless and disappointing. At CIFF, you will get an in depth review by an industry expert who takes the time to read or view your work carefully. You will be satisfied with the review and the price is very reasonable.

CIFF is now headquartered in 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 an online 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 seventh annual Creation Festival Gala will be held in March, 2023.
Finalists will be notified in February 2023.

The entry deadline for our next selection is July 31 and the winners will be announced at the end of August 2022.

All entries are eligible for one or more awards from the list below, or any other award that we think fits your work. 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 Grand Champion 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 seventh 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
  • Maria Filippone


    March 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you so much Maria. And congratulations to your whole team on Every Good Piece. Well done!

  • Jarrett Bryant

    Excellent festival. Highly recommend. Timely updates and the notifications were as listed on their site. Thank you for the awards and the inspiration to continue down this path.

    December 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Your work is very promising, Jarrett. We wish you the very best in your career.
    Thank-you for your review.

  • I appreciate CIF for having my movie as Official Selection.

    December 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Love and Addiction tackles some very serious issues. Thank-you for shedding some light on the concerns.
    And thank-you for taking the time to review. We appreciate it.

  • Donald Welch

    Thanku soo much for recognizing our film short "BabyGirl".. It is truly an honor..- Donald Welch

    December 2021
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    Response from festival:

    BabyGirl is an ambitious film addressing some very serious issues. Well done!
    Thank-you for your review.

  • Kokoe Film Studios

    Creation offers such a unique opportunity for all filmmakers and we highly commend them. It was indeed a pleasure to be a part of their festival and we were very honoured that our film "Blur the Line" achieved 'Award Winner" status. Many thanks to the judges and to all the Creation team for their decision. Thank you everyone from the cast and crew at Kokoe Film.

    December 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you so much for sharing Blur the Line with us. It was a pleasure to watch it and also to award it.
    Best wishes.