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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 Fifth annual Creation Festival Gala will be held in March, 2021.
Finalists will be notified in February 2021.

The entry deadline for our next selection is October 31 and the winners will be announced at the end of November 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
  • Ed Mellin

    I can highly recommend the Creation International Film Festival. Communication was superb and feedback has been incredibly useful. Value for money was exceptional and we are looking forward to entering our next project. Thank you Christine, Brian and co for all your hard work!

    June 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks a lot, Ed.
    We don't know how you are going to top Jed or Alive, but we're looking forward to finding out.
    Best wishes.

  • Very cool film festival! 'Canners' won three awards for the 2020 Spring selection. Brian Lutes (Judge) reached out personally to congratulate our efforts. Class act!

    June 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you Mike. It is important to give credit where it is due. Well done!

  • Pathos Distribution

    We are really happy to have participated. Efficient communication and kind staff. High quality of the selected films. Being honored at this important Los Angeles festival is truly an honor. We will certainly participate in the next editions with our films.

    June 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for reviewing. IL VESTITO (THE SUIT) is an excellent drama. We congratulate Maurizio Ravallese.

  • Matt Mirams

    One of the best film festivals out there! I throughly enjoyed the experience, they are a festival that cares about filmmakers.

    June 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you Matt. We do care about filmmakers. And well done on A Grand Scheme. It is very well written and performed.

  • Maria Forslin

    Great festival! Thanks a million for the award.

    June 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the review, Maria. We were pleased to see that you are continuing to do good work with Break of Day. Keep it up!