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 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

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

Overall Rating
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    Jason Seelmann

    We were honoured to have been selected and greatly appreciate the recognition for our work. Thank you!

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for choosing us and for taking the time to review.

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    Fran Casanova

    Thanks a lot to the Festival for best actress award in Autumn session. We are very happy to be part of the festival with my short film SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS. Is our first award in Canada and we are really happy.

    Thanks again to the Festival for the award

    Greetings from Spain!

    For me as a spanish filmmaker ist´s a great opportunity to show my work outside my country, thanks!

    Christine Jones the festival director was very kind and the communication was very good.

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you, Fran. We were very pleased to have you submit to our festival. It gives us great joy to award good works.

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    Tihoni Brcic

    Wonderful festival dedicated to recognizing small yet important low budget films from around the world. Thank you for choosing Two Pink Lines as the winner among such a diverse works. Great communication from Festival Director Christine Jones. Keep up the good work, just like with your sister festivals Cinema World Fest Awards & World Premiere Film Awards.

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    You guys are embarrassing me! But, thank-you. I do appreciate your very kind words. We love getting submissions like yours.

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    Pierre Van de Kerckhove

    Thank you to support ALZHAÏMOUR. Nice festival. Unfortunetly, it was not possible to be present for me.
    Pierre Van de Kerckhove

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you, Pierre, for choosing our festival. We appreciate it.

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    Khristian Mark Donguines

    It's a great honor to be a part of this festival. Can't wait to find out if we'll make it to your live screenings. :)

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for reviewing, Khristian. We love getting feedback.