*** 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 January 31 and the winners will be announced at the end of February 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 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 (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
  • Lisa Stock

    Happy to be a part of this festival and its mission.

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you, Lisa.

  • The Church of Almighty God (CAG)

    Creation International Film Festival is an awesome Festival, and we are very honored that our film "The One Who Holds Sovereignty Over Everything" won three awards including Best Inspirational Film, and we received a very beautiful certificate. Thanks to Festival Director Christine, she helped us with every problem we encountered. We will continue to participate in future festivals as always.

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for reviewing. We look forward to more excellent submissions.

  • Russell Emanuel

    Great festival, thank you for treating us so well!

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    It was our pleasure.

  • I had the honor of having my music video, The Letting Go, selected for the festival.

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Congratulations and thank-you for reviewing.

  • Great festival on every level. Organized, great communication, and followed the set schedule. I was extremely honoured my project was among the others in this festival (and humbled by the Best Actor Duo award) -- I look forward to being involved again with future projects.

    Thank you, Creation International Film Festival -- amazing experience.

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you, Glenn. We are very pleased that you are happy with the festival. We look forward to seeing your work again.