*** CIFF is IMDb recognized and one of the few festivals that doesn't ask you to pay a separate fee for each award category. ***
!!! 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 eighth annual Creation Festival Gala will be held in March, 2024.
Finalists will be notified in February 2024.

The entry deadline for our next selection is April 30 and the winners will be announced at the end of May 2023.

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.

** We don't charge for the certificates or for the annual 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 eighth 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
  • Salvatore Bono

    2022 Autumn Session: Won Best Screenplay for Cherokee Supernatural Action Adventure, "Rock Tarpeian". Excellent communication with the screenwriter. Brian Lutes reached out to me with some constructive feedback that I appreciated receiving. I'm grateful for the win! I recommend this festival and look forward to participating again.

    December 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you, Salvatore. We are happy that you had a good experience with our festival.
    We look forward to seeing Rock Tarpeian brought to life.

  • Solid online festival competition with great communication. Thanks for selection and opportunity to participate.

    December 2022
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    Response from festival:

    We were pleased to consider A True Nature. It was only due to other competition that it didn't make it into the awards.
    Thank-you for reviewing and best of luck.

  • Barbara Medajska

    Thank you so much for awarding my film! Great Film Festival with kind, professional organizers and films that are well-chosen and interesting for the viewer. I wholeheartedly recommend it to independent filmmakers who are looking for a good festival in the thicket of filmfreeway!

    December 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Silent Night has a very intriguing concept, thank-you for sharing with us. We appreciate your recommendation, it means a lot.
    Best wishes to you, your family and friends during the Christmas season.

  • Creation international film festival is such a great event ! We strongly recommend this film festival to our filmmaker fellows. We are thankful and grateful to be chosen! Thank you again !

    September 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you very much Antonia. Mad Scientists looked interesting. We'd love to see the full film.
    Best wishes.

  • Teo Belton

    A great experience and we were very happy to have won an award at the festival. The communication and notifications have been excellent. Highly recommended!

    July 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Cuidantsiqmi: Love and Care for the Land is a pretty cool documentary about the old ways of farmers in Peru. Thank-you for educating us.
    And thank-you for taking the time to review.