About RIFFA:
Regina International Film Festival & Awards (RIFFA) Foundation Inc, is a nonprofit multi-faceted cultural art organisation located in Regina, Saskatchewan - CANADA. The Foundation's year around operation meaningfully engages with its distinct quality programs to inspire the community in celebrating films and diversity. These programs include The Regina International Film Festival and Awards (RIFFA), RIFFA Academy, RIFFA Classic (Annual awards show).

MISSION:
"Inspire & motivate people to discover the world through the art of motion pictures.''

Awards & Prizes

Regina International Film Festival Awards (RIFFA) is an annual Canadian film festival hosted in Regina, Saskatchewan honouring cinematic achievements in the film industry. The various category winners are awarded a RIFFA statuette on the very last day of the Regina International Film Festival.

Rules & Terms

RIFFA -2018 SUBMISSION TERMS & CONDITIONS

Submissions to the 2018 Regina International Film Festival & Awards (RIFFA) should be made through FilmFreeway based on the following terms. Any questions about these terms should be directed to programme@riffa.ca

SUBMISSION AGREEMENT.

1. By submitting a film to RIFFA for the 2018 Festival, the submitter (the “Applicant”) represents that he or she has obtained the necessary consent from all owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives of the film (‘’The film Owners’’) and has agreed to the terms. By submitting films to RIFFA under any categories, applicants automatically agree that the ‘’Film Owner’’ will be responsible for any associated legal /financial/ethical implications(claim) associated public exhibition at a film festival.
2. RIFFA may disqualify or reject submissions that it determines are not in compliance with these terms, and may do so without refunding submission fees.
3. Festival Reserved all rights to make changes to any festival aspects (if needed) including the rules and regulation without any prior notification.

GENERAL SUBMISSION INFORMATION.

A. Films submitted to RIFFA for Festival consideration must be entered in one of the categories set out below. Please read individual category descriptions below before submitting. Films that do not meet the eligibility requirements for any of the categories will not be considered by RIFFA.
B. In the case of entries of five or less in any category, the festival reserves the right to collapse that category. In that situation, the festival will refund the submission fees.
C. Only submissions submitted digitally will be accepted.
D. Any language other than English used in the movie must be subtitled.
E. Movie that has submitted to RIFFA previously are not eligible.
F. Submissions made through FilmFreeway will be notified through FilmFreeway about the final decision.

OFFICIALLY SELECTED MOVIES NEED TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:

Secured Vimeo Link and password to watch the movie.
Secured download link to download the movie for exhibition.
Exhibition formats for the Regina International Film Festival and awards are online download link (HD Video file). No other formats will be accepted for exhibition. We do not accept DCP in any forms.
Media Kit (We will request what we exactly required when we send you the official selection letter).
No film may be withdrawn after accepting an invitation to screen at the Regina International Film Festival and awards.

CATEGORIES:

FEATURES

Canadian Feature
Any narrative fiction film of any genre, on any subject directed by a Canadian or permanent citizen and produced or co-produced in Canada. The submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction. Submissions must have a minimum running time of 50 minutes or more. In order to qualify as a Canadian Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction. RIFFA holds the to decide which category is best suited for your project, if accepted. Narrative Feature Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Any films completed prior to January 2017 are not eligible for our competition categories. RIFFA 2018 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Selected movies will be screened a minimum of 1 and maximum of 3 times during the RIFFA 2018 festival season.

International Feature
Any narrative work of fiction film of any genre, on any subject of international origin (produced and filmed outside of Canada). The submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction. Submissions must have a running time of 50 minutes or more. In order to qualify as an International Narrative Feature Film, the submitted project must be either scripted or improvisational fiction, and the project must originate from outside of Canada. Feature Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Any films completed prior to January 2017 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. Selected movies will be screened a minimum of 1 and maximum of 3 times during the festival season. RIFFA 2018 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category.

DOCUMENTARIES

Saskatchewan Documentary
Any documentary film directed by a Saskatchewan resident and produced or co-produced in Saskatchewan. There is no maximum or minimum running time. Entirely scripted or improvised fictionalizations of actual events are not eligible in this category. If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit to this category. Documentaries that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Any documentaries completed prior to January 2017 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2018 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Selected movies will screen a minimum of 1 and maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

Canadian Documentary
Any documentary film directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and produced or co-produced in Canada. Submissions must have a minimum running time of 50 minutes or more. Entirely scripted or improvised fictionalizations of actual events are not eligible in this category. If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit to this category. Documentaries that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Any documentaries completed prior to January 2017 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2018 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Selected movies will screen a minimum of 1 and maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

International Documentary
Any documentary film of international origin (produced and filmed outside of Canada). Submissions must have a running time of 50 minutes or more. If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit to this category, but we will ultimately decide which program is best suited for your project, if accepted. In order to qualify as an International Documentary, more than half of the project's financing must originate from outside of the Canada. Documentaries that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Any documentaries completed prior to January 2017 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2018 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Selected movies will screen a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

SHORT FILMS

Saskatchewan Short
Any fiction or animated film directed or produced by a Saskatchewan resident. Submissions must have a running time of 49 minutes or less including end credits. Short Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Any movies completed prior to January 2017 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2018 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Selected movies will be screened a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

Canadian Short Film
Any fiction or animated film directed by a Canadian or permanent citizen and produced or co-produced in Canada. Submissions must have a running time of 49 minutes or less including end credits. Short Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Any short films completed prior to January 2017 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2018 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Selected movies will screen a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

International Short Film
Any fiction or animated film of international origin (produced outside of Canada). Submissions must have a running time of 49 minutes or less including end credits. Short Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Any movies completed prior to January 2017 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2018 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Selected movies will be screened a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

SPECIALTY (ANIMATION, SHORT FILM AND DOCUMENTARY)

Animated Short Film
Any animated fiction or animated documentary film with a running time of 49 minutes or less including end credits. No restriction on country of origin. Short Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Any movies completed prior to January 2017 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2018 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Selected movies will be screened a minimum of 1 time to a maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

Best Indigenous Short Film/Documentary
Any Indigenous subject in a fiction film, documentary or animated film. The director or producer or writer must have Indigenous ancestry. Submissions must have a running time of 49 minutes or less, including end credits. No restriction on country of origin. Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at two or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.). Any movies completed prior to January 2017 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. Selected movies will be screened a minimum of 1 time to a maximum of 3 times during the festival season. RIFFA 2018 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category

Best Student Short Film/Documentary
Any narrative fiction, documentary or animation film produced and directed by students enrolled in secondary or post secondary (as of January 2017). Submissions must have a running time of 49 minutes or less, including end credits. Short Films that have been or will be exhibited publicly at one or more non-festival screenings, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Any movies completed prior to January 2017 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2018 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. For Saskatchewan students: RIFFA 2018 must be the first public screening in Regina for films in this category. Selected movies will be screened a minimum of 1 time to a maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

Non-Competition Categories

RIFFA WORLD PANORAMA

Asian Panorama
Any narrative work of fiction or non-fiction of Asian origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more. Feature Films that have been available on the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Any movies completed prior to January 2016 are not qualified for any of our Non-competition categories. Selected movies may/may not be screened in a theatre during the festival season, but will be available for online screening for a limited period on RIFFA Website for private streaming.
Online screening open:19TH -26TH August 2018

African Panorama
Any narrative work of fiction or non-fiction of African origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more. Feature Films that have been available on the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Any movies completed prior to January 2016 are not qualified for any of our Non-competition categories. Selected movies may/may not be screened in a theatre during the festival season, but will be available for online screening for a limited period on RIFFA Website for private streaming.
Online screening open:19TH -26TH August 2018

European Panorama
Any narrative work of fiction or non-fiction of European origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more. Feature Films that have been available on the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Any movies completed prior to January 2016 are not qualified for any of our Non-competition categories. Selected movies may/may not be screened in a theatre during the festival season, but will be available for online screening for a limited period on RIFFA Website for private streaming.
Online screening open:19TH -26TH August 2018

North American Panorama
Any narrative work of fiction or non-fiction of North American origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more. Feature Films that have been available on the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Any movies completed prior to January 2016 are not qualified for any of our Non-competition categories. Selected movies may/may not be screened in a theatre during the festival season, but will be available for online screening for a limited period on RIFFA Website for private streaming.
Online screening open:19TH -26TH August 2018

Latin American Panorama
Any narrative work of fiction or non-fiction of South-American origin with a running time of 50 minutes or more. Feature Films that have been available on the Internet, or released via any home video or other public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Any movies completed prior to January 2016 are not qualified for any of our Non-competition categories. Selected movies may/may not be screened in a theatre during the festival season, but will be available for online screening for a limited period on RIFFA Website for private streaming.
Online screening open:19TH -26TH August 2018

CALL FOR SUBMISSION:
15 NOVEMBER 2017 – 31th December 2017 (Early Bird)
1 January 2018 – 28th February 2018 (Regular Submission)
1 March 2018 – 31th March 2018 (Late Submission)
1 April 2018 – 15th April 2018 (Extended submission)
SUBMISSION CLOSES:
15 April 2018 (Sunday).

OFFICIAL SELECTION NOTIFICATION DATE:
15 June 2018

FESTIVAL DATE:
14 AUGUST 2018 - 18 AUGUST 2018

7 Reviews

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    James Hughes

    Very impressive film festival from the first communication to the last. Extremely professional in everything they do to present their festival and films. Can see RIFFA becoming one of the most prominent festivals to enter over the coming years.

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, James!

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    Armistice Films

    Had a really great time at The Regina International Film Festival. The hospitality was great and the volunteers were awesome. We were grateful to premiere our film with them. The theatres had lazyboy recliners and the audiences all commented on the venue. We were also beyond grateful to Win the award for Best Investigative Documentary.

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Armistice films!

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    Kacper Anuszewski

    Great festival! Communication, networking, quality evriting professional! We hope we see you again :)
    Regards!

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    thank you kacper!

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    Var Bhalla

    Amazing communication from the beginning!! They were able to answer all my questions and always following up. Thanks for selecting "This Is Home" documentary.

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    thank you Val Bhalla

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    Lee Chambers

    For a newer festival, Regina does a bang up job! Excellent hospitality and super friendly! They are doing all the big things just right and I can see this festival growing. Worth entering! :)

    August 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Lee