Submissions are now open for the Indian Film Festival of Alberta (IFFA) 2023 which will run from September 1 - 30, 2023 across multiple cities in Alberta. The 2023 edition is planned for in-person screenings.

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 year since 2015 and IFFA 2023 will be the ninth 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

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

1. Film must be made by Indian Diaspora or Indian (produced and directed in India).
2. Film should be completed after January 1, 2022.
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.

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 Canadian productions. Please contact us if needed. Language of Submission: English, other languages should have English Subtitles

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

Overall Rating
  • Alex Sangha

    Feel so blessed and honoured that Vinay Giridhar’s award-winning debut feature documentary, Emergence: Out of the Shadows, was an official selection at the prestigious IFFA.

    October 2022