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.

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 April 22, 2018.
Finalists will be notified in March 2018.

The entry deadline for our next selection is January 31 and the winners will be announced at the end of February 2018
The second annual Creation Festival Gala will be held at the Imagine Cinemas in beautiful Ottawa, Canada.

Awards & Prizes

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 

Rules & Terms

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

16 Reviews

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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.

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    Bahadir Karasu

    Great festival and they give value to every filmmaker no matter what is your budget for the film.. and their attitude is also remarkable.. !! A great source to motivate yourself !!

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you so much, Bahadir. We appreciate your feedback.

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    Jitendra Rai

    great festival, great team, quickly responding for query.. we are so proud to participate with our short film CUP OF TEA in this festival.. big thanks to all CIFF team

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for your very kind comments. It is our pleasure to serve.

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    Deva Palmier

    We submitted the Finding Clive Teaser Trailer into this festival, which was selected for a Platinum award.
    I highly recommend this festival.
    Christine, who I dealt with was very friendly and very organised. It was a wonderful bonus to be selected for an award.

    June 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you, Deva, for submitting and for reviewing. We appreciate each and every submission and hope that you find much success.