The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) is a truly unique festival that champions the bold and challenges the status quo. It is equal parts creative, demanding, celebratory, discriminating and, in the end, just a hell of a lot of fun.

Our primary objective is to encourage and support the appreciation of cinema as art. Each autumn, we hoist the curtains on a 10-day cinematic feast that celebrates the power of film. The EIFF menu consists of more than 150 films from 40 countries, ranging from short to feature-length, dramatic to documentary, comedy to gut-wrenching and studio to independent. And we sprinkle it all with a generous dose of filmmaker chats, Q&A's, gala screenings, a local filmmaker spotlight, 'buzzy' films that are travelling the festival circuit, shorts with lunch, parties (of course!) and more.

This gem of a festival from the plains of Alberta gives voice, platform and opportunity to filmmakers at all stages of their creative journey and from all parts of the world. Edmonton is North America's northernmost metropolis and is a proud outlier when it comes to art and culture. 'E-Town' does its own thing. It's home to some of the best festivals anywhere and is a favourite with artists of all stripes. EIFF is one of those events that not only puts Northern Alberta on the map -- it hotly brands it!

The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF)... international, independent and eye-opening.

WHO ATTENDS? Over the years, we've had the pleasure of hosting: John Waters, Norman Jewison, Cory Bowles, Academy Award© winner Brenda Fricker, Deepa Mehta, Arthur Hiller, Werner Herzog, Paul Gross, Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis, Don McKellar, Albert Maysles, Jon Cryer, Bruce McDonald, Patrick Warburton, Rita Chiarelli, Shea Whigham, Jesse James Miller, Kris Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer, Academy Award© winner, Luke Matheny... the list goes on! And countless emerging filmmakers, actors, writers and producers.

“I was honoured to be a juror at EIFF 2017 and I shared in the excitement of discovering new voices and visions. EIFF is more important than ever to the citizens and City of Edmonton. It is truly an international festival that doesn’t forget its local, indigenous and regional roots.”
- Carolyn Bennett (Canada), Juror

At the end of the day, once the curtains close for the final time each year -- EIFF is about the power of film! And how it brings us all together in a way that only ART can. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Submit NOW and become part of Alberta's longest running international film festival.

Each year our Juries acknowledge outstanding films in a variety of categories, including the BIG DADDY AWARD for Best Family Film, the WEDGIE AWARD for Best Comedy, EAT MY SHORT AWARD for Best Food Film, The SNOW! MAN AWARD, Canadian Feature Film Award, International Feature, Documentary and Short Film Awards and, of course, Audience Choice Awards.

As an OSCAR® Qualifying Festival (Short Films), the Grand Jury Award winners in our Short Film categories – LIVE ACTION and ANIMATION – will be eligible for ACADEMY AWARDS® consideration, without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

We don’t have vaults of cash to pass on to our award winners, but know that all of our filmmakers – submitters, ‘official selections’, award-winners, films we weren’t able to program – have our endless respect and admiration. It’s easy to talk about making a film. You cats did it! And for that, we heart you.

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017 and be an EDMONTON Premiere at festival time.

EIFF is an ACADEMY AWARDS® Qualifying Festival. This means that films which win our GRAND JURY AWARD for Best Short Film – Live Action and Animation – are eligible for OSCAR® consideration, without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

ALBERTA FILMMAKERS: If living in Alberta, submitter must provide an Alberta mailing address. Filmmakers who have Alberta roots and no longer live here (ie. you grew up here, you attended school or shot your film here), please explain your Alberta-ness in your submission cover letter. Questions?

ALUMNI FILMMAKERS: Submitters who have a Producer/Director/Actor or Writer credit on a film that was an ‘Official Selection’ at EIFF in previous years are considered ALUMNI and are eligible for a fee waiver. E-mail the TITLE of your film and the YEAR it screened at EIFF to:

SUBMIT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE! Submitting early not only allows time for proper and thoughtful adjudication, but also guarantees you won’t miss the final deadline. No late submissions will be considered at all. Seriously!

LENGTH: Submissions may be fiction, documentary, or animation and each category is length-specific.

LANGUAGE: All films with non-English dialogue must have ENGLISH subtitles.

CATEGORIES: If your film is a better 'fit' in a category OTHER than the one you submitted to, or if you submitted to the incorrect category, we will automatically ensure your 'cinematic baby' is moved to the proper category. Don't stress!

WHERE IN THE WORLD? Wherever you are on the planet, we're interested in your cinematic story. Canada is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and, Edmonton is rich with an incredible variety of peoples, all longing to share stories from home with their communities and neighbours.

GENRES: Whatever the genre, we're looking for films with strong story lines. Movies that make you question your own values; move you in some mysterious way; or make you laugh out loud. Genres include (but are not limited to): World Cinema, Oh! Canada, American Indie, Documentaries, Family Films, Late Night Squeam and Short Films.

COPYRIGHT: Filmmaker is responsible for securing all copyright clearances and music rights.

ENTRY FEES: Entry fees are non-refundable and the fees listed are per entry, in U.S. dollars.

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: You have more than two (2) projects to submit? Send us an email and we can consider a multiple submission/group discount. Subject to availability, of course. E-mail:

FEE WAIVERS: NO FEE WAIVERS will be considered. Don't e-mail us, don't phone us, don't hunt us down on the streets – we’ve worked very hard to create an affordable submission system. EIFF is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. Much like most filmmakers. We feel you!

WORKS IN PROGRESS: EIFF does not accept trailers or rough assemblies but will accept work-in-progress cuts (picture lock with temp sound, color, etc.). Please be aware that EIFF will not view multiple updates/versions of your film for programming consideration.

PREMIERE STATUS: EDMONTON premiere status is required.

• Films with a public, theatrical screening in Edmonton prior to EIFF dates
• Broadcast in Canada prior to EIFF dates
• Available for purchase in North America
• Available on iTunes and/or Video On Demand (VOD)

COMPLETION DATE: Priority is given to films completed after January 1, 2017 -- and not previously submitted to EIFF. Films previously submitted to EIFF will ONLY be considered if there are substantial, creative changes to the project.

SUBMISSION CONTACT: The submitter shall be either a producer, director or authorized agent of the film. All communication will be sent to the person submitting.

RETURN OF SUBMISSION DIVD: If you sent us a DVD submission (rather than an online submission) and you’d like it returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped mailing envelope. But why would you do this? Online submissions are so, so easy and help reduce our carbon footprint!

CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT: Once a submission is received, EIFF organizers will change the status of your film in the online management tool and you will be automatically notified.

PRESS KITS: In keeping with our effort to become a carbon neutral festival, we request that you DO NOT SEND press kits, photo stills, or any other publicity materials. We will request these materials at a later date, once your film is accepted.

SELECTION PROCESS: All submissions are screened and evaluated by EIFF Preview and Selection Committees. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential.

ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL: We do our best to support visiting, “Official Selection” filmmakers with complimentary tickets, airport shuttles, festival passes and accommodation – all is dependent on our fundraising and sponsorship efforts. We will be able to confirm our support in August through our e-mail communications with you.

• FEATURE Films: DCP and BluRay
• SHORT Films: H264 or .mp4 files (1920 x 1080 | 23.98 fps)

RECEIPT OF EXHIBITION FILE/DRIVE: To allow for time to test and inspect exhibition copies, EIFF must receive your EXHIBITION copy by…
• SHORT FILMS: August 1
• FEATURE FILMS: September 15

SHIPPING: The cost of shipping the exhibition copy to EIFF must be paid by the entrant or preceding festival and EIFF is responsible for outbound shipping.

• A maximum of three (3) public screenings of the film.
• A public showing of up to a 2-min. maximum of clips from the film for media/promotional purposes.
• Up to two (2) PRIVATE screenings of your film to Media and Jurors.
• Use of film stills in Festival’s promotional materials (ie. program guide, promotional materials, website and/or multimedia presentations).

PLEASE NOTE: While we make every effort to follow screening times as posted in the festival program guide, EIFF cannot be held accountable for changes to the schedule after festival line-up is announced.

ACCEPTANCE: Submitting a film to the EIFF and accepting an offer for participation will be considered an approval of the film's copyright holder in accordance with the terms of these Regulations.

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Once a film has been selected and an invitation to participate at the Edmonton International Film Festival is accepted, we trust that the filmmaker will not withdraw their film from the festival program. But we can’t stop you. Please understand that we put a lot of energy and passion into crafting a compelling programme. EIFF reserves the right to withdraw an ACCEPTED entry when circumstance arise that are beyond our control (ie. operating revenues decline suddenly, or a theatre is no longer available, etc.)

I understand and agree that my film entry, if selected for the Festival, may be used for promotional purposes for the EIFF and I grant EIFF organizers approval for:
• A maximum of three (3) public screenings of the film at EIFF.
• A public showing of up to a 2-min. maximum of clips from the film for media/promotional purposes.
• Up to two (2) PRIVATE screenings of your film to Media and Jurors.
• Use of film stills in Festival’s promotional materials (ie. program guide, promotional materials, website and/or multimedia presentations).

Overall Rating
  • Where do we start?! Fantastic programming, reasonable submission fees, friendly communication and a superb festival to boot! Congratulations to all the team behind this wonderful festival - highly recommend submitting here :)

    June 2018
  • Matt Beurois

    The EIFF simply is a Great festival !

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Awww. We HEART you, Matt!

  • India Dupre

    First of all, Edmonton had THE BEST communication skills of any film festival I have experienced. Very personable and kind. They picked us up at the airport and the whole festival had an intimate feel even though it was a major festival with a massive audience. My film was selected from a blind submission and the whole team is very involved in watching all films that are included. Our film played in a beautiful cinema with excellent sound and we had a great moderator for our Q and A. The festival program book was full color, thick and gorgeous (and very much appreciated as many festivals don't have programs). They had a red carpet and even sorted out press for our film (we were on the news!) They said they can't make their film festival without film makers and as a result, we felt very welcomed and taken care of.

    The audience were passionate movie goers who come back every year. The festivals audience award voting system is very fair with hand written ballots and a clear box holding them all.

    I would HIGHLY recommend entering this film festival. Oh, they also had a top notch closing night party. If you are selected for this festival - make sure to travel there - give yourself a few days to see all the other films and attend the closing party. I can see why they are on Movie Makers Top 50 Films worth the Entry Fee. First class from start to finish with a very personal touch.

    November 2016
    Response from festival:

    Awww. Thank-you for the love, India. Filmmakers like YOU make us want to be the best we can be. And your film, STRIPPED... let's just say our audiences are were 'wowed'. We can't wait to see more from you! Happy Holidays from Canada.

  • james hutson

    I am delighted to have Dark Harvest be a part of the Edmonton International Film Festival and particularly want to thank and compliment Kerrie for her dedication and vision. Congratulations on putting together a world-class event! Kerrie and her film community simultaneously empower new filmmakers while bringing the best indie films to Canadian audiences.
    The festival's publicity team arranged radio and television interviews, and gave us filmmakers a prime venue with cutting edge projection and sound systems to showcase our films.
    As I make my way through the festival circuit I particularly think back on my time at the Edmonton International Film Festival due to the sense of community. A major aspect of this is the care of the festival staff, and the breadth of talented filmmakers I met and got to spend time with.

    October 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank YOU for your beautiful, warm words, James! Filmmakers are our ambassadors, so everything we do to make your experience memorable benefits all of us. Congratulations on all the awards & warm support that DARK HARVEST is garnering on the festival circuit. It was an absolute treasure to meet you, and we KNOW you've got more creative genius percolating! Audiences deserve more from you! Happy Holidays.