The International Festival of Winter Cinema (IFWC) recognizes and celebrate Canadian and international cinema with winter, alpine, and polar themes featuring indigenous, immigrant, and settler peoples' experiences within a changing climate.

This, our inaugural season will showcase feature films and short films at SilverSkate Festival in Hawrelak Park, Edmonton's centre for winter sports, arts and culture, and recreation for the family, against a snow screen to audiences sitting on hay bales, and warmed by chili and campfire.

For the first two weekends in February, we will present an hour of short films and feature film celebrating winter. Filmmakers who's films are screened will receive an artist fee.

Within three years, the IFWC intends to introduce three days of screenings, workshops, media art installations, and artist talks all around winter cinema.

1. All films must be relevant to at least one of the theme(s) of the festival in order to be considered as a possible candidate. The theme(s) of the festival are Winter, climate change, alpine, polar, and indigenous perspective.

2. All participants understand that their work will be shown at the Silver Skate Festival on the first two weekends in February 2018 during the International Festival of Winter Cinema, from 6pm-10pm.

3. The IFWC welcomes all entries, but specifically encourages films made by Alberta, Canadian, female, non-binary, indigenous, or visible minority filmmakers.

4. All films must have subtitles if not in English or have parts that are not in English.

5. Filmmakers who's short films are screened will be paid an artist fee of CAD $10 per minute of run time, rounded down to the nearest 30 seconds. Feature film screening fees are dependent on the film. All artist fees will be paid by cheque or Interac e-transfer to the submitter within 60 days after the festival.

6. The IFWC reserves the right to remove selected films from its program for any reason and at any time.

7. The IFWC shall not be held responsible for any audiovisual materials that are damaged as part of the submission or exhibition process.

8. If you submit an exhibition copy by mail and want it returned to you, please include a pre-addressed envelope with sufficiently paid postage in your exhibition package.

9. By submitting your film, you agree to the IFWC using all audiovisual media associated with your film and your press kit for promotional purposes.

10. The IFWC reviews all submissions but shall not be held responsible for any incomplete submissions, including those that affect final decisions. For all technical issues related to your submission please contact

11. The IFWC encourages filmmakers to attend the Festival but cannot pay for travel costs at this time.

12. Filmmakers of any age may submit to the festival. Filmmakers under 18 years of age who's films are selected may be asked to provide parental/guardian consent for certain approvals.

13. By submitting your film, you agree that you have read and agreed to the above terms.

Overall Rating
  • Olga and Andrii Andreiev

    Thank you so much for letting our film take part in your festival. We will be happy to present your films in the future. Thanks again.

    April 2018
  • Lyfx Inc

    It was a pleasure to be part of International Festival of Winter!

    February 2018