Our goal remains the same for the past 25 years, which is to connect in a meaningful way, to learn how to be more impactful to the needs of artists and our greater community. We honour the original vision of the Dreamspeakers founders to be a resource for Aboriginal filmmakers, for directors, scriptwriters, cameramen, technicians, actors, musicians, storytellers, artists and craftspeople. We create more opportunities for Aboriginal youth and make a better impact on arts, culture and our collective identity. And we do it all here in Edmonton.

Dreamspeakers presents Awards each year in the following categories:
International Short
Canadian Short
Animation
International Feature
Canadian Feature
Feature Score
Gil Cardinal Memorial Best Documentary
Emerging Filmmaker

DIFF FILM SUBMISSION CRITERIA

There are no category restrictions. Each work is juried solely on its own merits. The Festival seeks any combination of inventive, incisive, bold, vital and otherwise provocative work of any genre.

ENTRY FORMATS
1. All entries - Formats accepted for festival exhibition: Blu-ray DCP and DVD.
2. All entries must have been completed after January 2018.
3. Films must be presented in their original language with English language subtitles.
4. Please specify sound mix on your application. Left/Right Mix preferred.
5. Each entry must fill out requirements on FilmFreeway

PROCEDURES
Please include also a plot synopsis, cast and crew list, director’s biography and entry fee(s).

FILM LENGTH DEFINITION
Feature: 41 min. or longer; Short: 40 min. or less per Academy rules.

AGREEMENTS
Submission of a work confirms that Dreamspeakers International Film Festival has permission to exhibit it during the Festival and any Festival Tours. Submission of a work implies that the Festival can employ moving image excerpts and reproduce stills for exhibition promotion.

PUBLICITY
If your film is invited to screen at DIFF, please submit whichever of the following materials you have immediately upon notification of acceptance to better aid in Festival publicity of your work: Production stills (electronic copies), EPK, trailers or Vimeo/YouTube clips for web site inclusion. Contact us about posters.

DISCLAIMER
Every precaution will be exercised in handling entries, but
neither the Festival organizers, employees, sponsors, nor participating organizations can assume responsibility for damage to or loss of materials submitted. All films submitted to play at DIFF will be previewed prior to exhibition with a log kept of their condition filmmakers will be notified if a film arrives damaged.

DEADLINES - VERY IMPORTANT

February 28, 2019 is our main deadline.

JURYING

All entries are initially reviewed by pre-screening officials. In March, the jury will consider the pre-screeners’ semifinalists and any other entries submitted to the Festival they may wish to see. Following the jurors’ decisions, a list of Finalists will be determined by March 30, 2019. Acceptance of films to be invited and shown at DIFF by the Festival Director or Program Coordinator will take place via e-mail in a timely fashion to allow for planning for those wishing to attend the Festival.

SHIPPING FESTIVAL COPIES
IF sending by disks and/or digital media should be marked “For Festival Screening Only. ”Shipment should be prepaid by the sender. Films selected will be refunded shipping costs.

RETURN SHIPPING INFORMATION:
Filmmakers must cover shipping costs only for return of the work to the point of origin. Films selected will be refunded shipping costs. Return shipping will take place
within a three-week period following the festival.

TRAVEL AND HOSPITALITY
It is DIFF’s intention to provide a worry-free environment where people can conduct business and view work with ease. Our staff will be happy to provide for you a list of local hotels and B&B’s upon request. We will also provide each attending filmmaker with a hospitality package which will include maps, passes, special offers at restaurants, entertainment complexes and local attractions.

COMPETITION AND AWARDS
A panel of jurists comprised of filmmakers and cinema/media professionals will award the following (to Festival applicants only).
Canadian Short
Animation
International Feature
Canadian Feature
Feature Score
Gil Cardinal Memorial Best Documentary
Emerging Filmmaker

Questions & Information about the Festival, contact:

Dreamspeakers International Film Festival
8726 112 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5B 0G6 Canada
P: 780/378-9609 • 780/378-9611(f) • info@dreamspeakers.

Overall Rating
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Networking
  • I was so happy to see all these beautiful events unfolding and was pleased to share them with my friends here in Québec.

    May 2019
  • It was an honour to celebrate the Saskatchewan film directed by Indigenous Elders, Waniska - An Awakening of Indigenous Knowledge at Dreamspeakers.

    May 2019
  • Excellent! Thanks a lot to the entire staff they were very accommodating to me and my family and it was even more amazing to be part of the 25th anniversary. Keep this going strong for another 25 years and beyond. Thank you

    May 2019