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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 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 Fifth annual Creation Festival Gala will be held in March, 2021.
Finalists will be notified in February 2021.

The entry deadline for our next selection is January 31 and the winners will be announced at the end of February 2021.

All entries are eligible for one or more awards from the list below, or any other award that we choose. 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 fifth 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
  • Mark Robert

    Great festival. First one we ever entered. Lots of fun. Keep up the good work!

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you, Mark. We're glad you had a positive experience.

  • Thorsten Schade

    Great festival! Very supportive! Nice people! A very good experience!

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for reviewing, Thorsten. We were very happy to award The Invitation. Thank-you for sharing with us.

  • I had a truly wonderful experience. They are organized and are very prompt in responding to emails. Thank you sooooo much!!

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Oh, thank-you, Alicia. We really appreciate your kind words. And thank-you for sharing We're Fine with us. It is a good screenplay and very deserving of the award.

  • Clearly & promptly notified through the festival timeline. Amazingly beautiful winning certificates. The Creation International Film Festival is highly professional. And "Symphoria" cast & crew is so grateful to have this honor. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

    December 2020
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    Response from festival:

    I'm glad you like the certificates, we're pretty proud of them. And thank-you for taking the time to review. As a debut effort, Symphoria is a great start. We look forward to what comes next.

  • Hello,

    I'm Donny Walker, Multi International Award Winning Composer & Music Producer. My short film, 'Mind Exchange Music Presents: Layne Marie Williams The Adventures of Ms Glitch Live Film Score' won gold award for best documentary short. This competition was totally awesome and totally worth the time, I totally suggest you enter here! Very much so worth your time.

    Hit me up if you need an award winning composer for your film.

    Donny Walker

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hey Donny. Thank-you for your review, we appreciate it. And thank-you for your submission.
    Best of luck.