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!!! CIFF has moved. !!!
We are now located in Los Angeles, California and look forward to seeing you at our next festival.

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 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 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 Fourth annual Creation Festival Gala will be held in March, 2020.
Finalists will be notified in February 2020.

The entry deadline for our next selection is April 30 and the winners will be announced at the end of May 2020.

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 fifth 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
  • I would like to thank the Creation International Film Festival Team for selecting and awarding our film! Thank you as well for such brilliant communication, personal approach, and attention to detail!
    My experience with this festival has been excellent. I'm happy to recommend it to all filmmakers!

    January 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you, Inessa. Architecture Life Dialogue, about the sustainable lifestyle is quite well done.

  • One of my favorite festival experiences of 2019! Excellent communication from the entire team throughout and even after the event. A great opportunity for independent filmmakers! It was an honor to participate, and we're thrilled you loved our series The Grimoire Chapters! Highly recommend and keep up the great work Creation team!

    January 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you, Michael. We especially liked the imagery in the Grimoire Chapters: Rem. Well done.

  • Erik Ros

    Unfortunately, I couldn't attend the festival. The email communications were clear and professional. Thank you, Creations IFF, for recognizing my short film LA Break-up.

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    We are pleased to recognize film making talent. Thank-you, Erik.

  • Ian Vardy

    Thank you so much, what a wonderful festival!

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    You are most welcome. Thank-you for taking the time to review.

  • Daniele Guerra

    The people at Creation International Film Festival have been incredibly friendly, welcoming and helpful when I wanted to submit my short film. Unfortunately I was not able to attend the Festival, but I am truly delighted that my short film was given an award! Thank you so much.

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    You are too kind, Daniele, thank-you. We did enjoy Unexpected very much.