Submissions are now open for the Indian Film Festival of Alberta (IFFA) 2021 which will run from September 1 - 30, 2021 across multiple cities in Alberta. The 2021 edition is planned for both in-person screenings (dependent on local health restrictions) and Drive-in screenings across Alberta.

India Film Festival of Alberta is one of the most awaited cinematic events of the year and showcases award-winning and independent films from India or by Indian Diaspora. IFFA is administered by the Edmonton Movie Club (EMC), which was formed in 2012 with the objective of “bridging cultures through cinema.” The festival format allows EMC to bring films from a wider range of languages (ranging from eight to twelve each year), cultures and subjects matters. IFFA also brings film directors, actors, and screenwriters to interact with the audience in the form of post-screening Q & A sessions, panel discussions, and master classes. In addition, EMC regularly collaborates with local cultural organizations and artists to present song and dance performances and food festivals. All these ingredients culminate in a grand celebration of Indian culture. IFFA has been held annually every summer since 2015 and IFFA 2021 will be the seventh year of the festival.

Cash Awards and Global Recognition:

Best Feature Film - $1,000

Best Documentary: $500

Best Canadian Short Film (1st prize): $500

Best Canadian Short Film (2nd Prize): $250

Best Gujarati Short Film (1st Prize): $250 plus automatic selection onto OHO Gujarati OTT Platform

The following is the eligibility criteria for the submissions (Documentary and Feature Film):

1. Film must be Indian (produced and directed in India) or made by Indian Diaspora.
2. Film should be completed after January 1, 2020.
3. The film should not have shown previously in any form across Alberta, either in-person screening or virtually online.
4. Non-English language films must have English subtitles.
5. Submission fees are Non-Refundable.
6. Entry fee : Regular - $15; Student - $10;

All entries must include the following:

a. Entry Form completed on FilmFreeway
b. Secure Online Screener
c. Submission Fees
d. Press Kit including film trailer, Cast and Crew information and still images

Waivers: We provide fee waiver codes for Alberta productions. Please contact us if needed.
Language of Submission: English, other languages should have English Subtitle

Short films:
Entry fee : Regular - $15; Student - $10;
Format : .mp4,.mov
Resolution : HD
(No nudity , extreme violence or offensive language allowed)