We are proud to announce the 4th Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF) to be held October 17-20, 2018.
DRIFF programs compelling films from around the world while showcasing regional work made in our own backyard.
Join us in celebrating you, the Artist, as we focus on providing a platform to screen your creative work, excite audiences and receive recognition for excellence in the arts. Creative workshops and panels will be available to inspire and build relationships.
Features, shorts, documentaries, animation, comedies and student film projects are all invited for submission. Trophies will be awarded to winners in 5 categories in addition to three monetary prizes.
DRIFF is dedicated to the education, growth and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset, honoring the creative spirit and belief that film can effect positive change.
2018 Festival Awards:
Best Short Film - Trophy
Best Feature Film - Trophy
Best Regional Film - Trophy + $1000 cash prize
Best Student Film - Trophy + $500 cash prize
People’s Choice - Trophy and $1000
Entrants must be at least 18 years old at the time of submission for all categories other than the Student category where they can be 14 years and over.
SHORT FILMS : Films that are over 1 minute and under 44 minutes including all genres.
FEATURE FILMS : Films that are 44 minutes and over including all genres.
- Production : only works produced after January 1, 2017 will be accepted.
- Submission : The deadline for submission is August 06, 2018.
- Selection : Applicants will be informed of the results of the selection by August 31st, 2018.
The followings should be provided with each submission:
- Completely filled submission form
- A secured web screener, working until the end of the Festival, October 14th 2018
- Full payment of the submission fees.
Films must not have a scheduled theatrical release in Durham Region before the festival dates: October 17-20, 2018. No entry shall have been screened commercially, released in video format or available on the internet or video-on-demand prior to the Festival (exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Festival Committee upon selection).
Filmmakers whose films have been chosen for screening at the festival will be notified by EMAIL ONLY, on or before August 31, 2018. The judge’s decisions are final and not subject to appeal. Scheduling of screening dates, times, and locations is at the sole discretion of DRIFF.
Please Note. DRIFF organizers have final authority on all matters not specifically covered by these regulations.
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Response from festival:
Nick, thank you for the thoughtfully feedback. Without constructive criticism we as a festival can not evolve.
First let me say that I am very sorry that you had a very disappointing experience at the festival in 2017.
My name is Kirk Cooper the new programming director at the festival. I intend to take a closer look at comments regarding the venues to ensure that the filmmaker and the audience will have a wonderful viewing experience. As a festival we will address our overall communication internally and make sure that volunteers are equipped with relevant information for our guests at the festival. In addition I will start by send a comprehensive package explaining what happens after a filmmaker has been selected and I will be available to all our selected filmmakers should they have question or concerns from the moment they have been selected.
Again, thank you and we understand that our festival may never be your first or any choice for future submissions, but we do hope that you could reconsider.
I wish you all the best with your endeavour…