Edmonton's iconic International Festival of Winter Cinema (IFWC) recognizes and celebrates local and international cinema with winter, mountain, and polar themes of any style or genre, with a focus on films featuring indigenous peoples, immigrants, winter life, or address climate change. We are the world's only free outdoor all-winter film festival and show selected films on a giant snow screen.

Our third season will showcase feature and short films in conjunction with our programming partner, SilverSkate Festival, Edmonton's festival for winter sports, arts and culture, and recreation for the whole family. After a day at Silver Skate, join us, heated by blankets, hot chocolate or coffee, and fires, to watch the best in recent and classic local, Canadian, and international winter shorts and feature films.

We will continue to offer preferential programming of local films, including those that don't include winter themes.

New this year, we are introducing short screenplay feedback, selected winter short screenplay COLD readings in our HOT tent, and a 24-hour filmmaking competition.

Other planned programming includes an opening night party, filmmakers' daytime panel discussion, and 24-hour films screening.

The IFWC is supported by the Edmonton Arts Council, WinterCity Edmonton, Silver Skate Festival, Edmonton Screen Industries Office, #yegfilm, and others.

The Golden Snowflake - best winter film
The Crimson Snowflake - best Canadian film
The Sapphire Snowflake - best Edmonton film
The Fleeting Snowflake - best 24 hour filmmaking film
The Eternal Snowflake - best winter screenplay

1. Except for Edmonton-made films and screenplays, all films and screenplays 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 least once during the International Festival of Winter Cinema.

3. The IFWC welcomes all entries, but specifically encourages films and screenplays made by Edmonton, Canadian, female, non-binary, indigenous, or filmmakers of colour.

4. All non-English films with dialogue must have English subtitles. All screenplays must be in English and written in proper screenplay format.

5. Filmmakers whose short films are screened will be paid an artist fee of about CAD $10 per minute of run time, rounded down to the nearest minute up to 25 minutes run time. All selected films over 25 minutes are paid a $250 screening fee. All selected films over 40 minutes are paid a $300 screening fee. All selected films over 60 minutes are paid a custom non-negotiable fee. All artist fees will be paid by PayPal or Interac e-transfer to the submitter within 90 days after the festival. The IFWC reserves the right to amend its screening fees rates and payment schedule at any time.

6. Screenplays must be a maximum of 10 pages in length. Applicants whose screenplays are selected for cold reading will receive an artist fee of $10 per full page up to a maximum of $100. Cold reading will take place during the IFWC and be read by local actors pre-selected by the IFWC staff.

7. The IFWC reserves the right to remove selected films and/or screenplays from its program for any reason and at any time.

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

9. If applicant submits an exhibition copy by mail and want it returned, please include a self-addressed envelope with sufficiently paid postage in exhibition package.

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

11. 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 filmfreeway.com.

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

13. Filmmakers of any age may submit to the festival. Filmmakers under 18 years of age whose films are selected may be asked to provide parental/guardian consent for selected activities.

14. Applicants requesting short screenplay feedback will receive the feedback as a 1 page evaluation written by an Academy Nicholl Fellowship quarter-finalist by January 15, 2020. Not all script applications that receive feedback will be selected for a cold reading.

15. Upon submitting a film and/or screenplay, applicant agrees it holds all rights to distribute and exhibit all intellectual property associated with their submission.

16. 24-hour filmmaking competition teams may have between 1 and 4 members and will receive special instructions by e-mail upon their team's approval.

17. The International Festival of Winter Cinema Society is the administrator of the International Festival of Winter Cinema and reserves the right to amend any rules and terms at any time and for any reason.

18. By submitting a film and/or screenplay, applicant acknowledges that they have read and agreed to the above terms.

Overall Rating
  • Jason Kuchar

    Great festival! Communication was friendly, everyone seemed pretty organized and on top of things, and the location / dates were great for the overall atmosphere; go see some films and check out the ice castle, sculptures, skating and other stuff. Would submit to again!

    March 2020
  • Madeline Setzer

    I was not able to attend the Festival, but I know of others who did who had a wonderful time! So grateful to have taken part.

    March 2020
  • Caroline Cox

    I couldn't actually attend the festival, but the organizers were great to work with and I love the concept of an outdoor snow screen. The photos they sent us looked great!

    April 2019
  • Frederick Kroetsch

    It was a cold night, watching my film on the snow screen, but it was also really amazing. I highly recommend this experience. Also - they had free hot chocolate!

    March 2019
  • Andrea Geraghty

    IFWC was awesome to work with. Defiantly will submit future projects!

    March 2019