*** 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 October 31 and the winners will be announced at the end of November 2018.
The third annual Creation Festival Gala will be held at the Coliseum Ottawa 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. 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

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, French or Italian (or with English/French/Italian 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
  • Thank You so much for spirit of the festival award! It really means a lot

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    You are so welcome, Sunny. it is well deserved.

  • A great festival with great communciation!

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you, Matt. We appreciate you sharing with us and wish you all the best.

  • Robert Smith

    This festival is outstanding! A must submit for all film makers! Provided a great review of film! Thank you so much for having our film as a part of this!

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for reviewing, Robert. We were pleased to have you share your work with us.

  • Thanks to this wonderful festival for including my very low budget amateur movie, thus enabling me to win an award!
    Always uplifting to know amateur productions can be considered/selectd after so much hard work has gone into them.
    Looking forward to participating more in the future!

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for participating, Paul. We love awarding good quality work, no matter the investment.

  • Kanza Zia

    A nice festival. It was great to get our film selected and winning best actor award. Thank you.

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for taking the time to review. We appreciate it.