About RIFFA:
The Regina International Film Festival & Awards (RIFFA) Foundation Inc. is a non-profit cultural arts organization. Our five day International Film Festival supports and highlights Saskatchewan filmmakers, hosts masterclasses, industry talks and special events to encourage visiting filmmakers and local filmmakers to connect and learn from one
another. RIFFA's robust international program seeks to build community capacity in the cinematic arts to encourage inclusion, human connection, innovation, and self-expression through storytelling. RIFFA strongly encourages stories with a unique point of view and critical perspectives that can create positive social change and empower marginalized communities.

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

The Award Ceremony celebrates excellence in multiple categories of film worldwide. Winner receive the RIFFA Statuette, uniquely designed for RIFFA.

RIFFA -2020 SUBMISSION TERMS & CONDITIONS

Submissions to the 2020 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 2020 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 and 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. RIFFA will not pay screening fees for any selected films.
4. Winners who receive a RIFFA Statuette will have a period of three (3) years to collect the Statuette, in person or via a delegate. RIFFA, without exception, will not ship/transport or incur related costs for delivery of the Statuette.
5. RIFFA reserves all rights to make changes to any festival aspects 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 the individual category descriptions below before submitting. Films that do not meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered by RIFFA.
B. Applicants who submit a film to the Indigenous Short Film Category may submit the same film in more than one category, providing eligibility requirements are met.
C. If your film is accepted, RIFFA reserves the right to decide which category is best suited for your project.
D. All sections of The Submission Form must be filled out. RIFFA reserves the right to consider incomplete submissions as ineligible.
E. In the case of entries of five or less in any category, the festival reserves the right to transfer those entries into another category and to remove the original category.
F. Only submissions submitted digitally will be accepted.
G. Any language other than English used in the film must have English subtitles.
H. Films that have been submitted to RIFFA in previous years are not eligible.
I. A secured Vimeo Link and password to watch the film can be requested anytime during the selection process regardless of your screening status on FilmFreeway.
J. Final decisions on submissions made through FilmFreeway will be notified through FilmFreeway. Note that RIFFA may notify the filmmaker at any point prior to the official notification date.
K. A film may not be withdrawn after accepting an invitation to screen at the Regina International Film Festival and Awards.

OFFICIALLY SELECTED MOVIES WILL NEED TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:

1. A secured download link to download the film for the exhibition.
2. We accept the following Exhibition formats: an online download link (HD Video file) for short films: Blue- Ray for Feature films (Blue-Ray will not be returned to the applicant). Under exceptional circumstances, we will consider a DCP (DCP will be returned at applicant's expense). The applicant must submit a written request at the time of submission. No other formats will be accepted for exhibition.
3. Digital Press Kit: the Applicant's official selection letter will be accompanied by a list of specific requirements. However, we strongly encourage applicants to submit a complete digital press kit at the time of submission.

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. 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 2019 are not eligible for our competition categories. RIFFA 2020 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Selected features will be screened a minimum of 1 and maximum of 3 times during the RIFFA 2020 festival season.

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
Any narrative 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. 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 2019 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2020 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Selected features will be screened a minimum of 1 and maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

DOCUMENTARIES

CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY - LONG FORM
Any documentary film directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, produced or co-produced in Canada. Submissions must have a minimum running time of 50 minutes or more. Entirely scripted or improvised fictionalization of actual events are not eligible in this category. If your documentary contains minimal 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. Documentaries completed prior to January 2019 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2020 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Selected documentaries will screen a minimum of 1 and maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY - SHORT FORM
Any documentary film directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, produced or co-produced in Canada. Submissions must have a running time of 49 minutes or less including credits. Entirely scripted or improvised fictionalization of actual events are not eligible in this category. If your documentary contains minimal 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. Documentaries completed prior to January 2019 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2020 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Selected documentaries will screen a minimum of 1 and maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY - LONG FORM
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 minimal dramatization of actual events, you may submit to this category, In order to qualify as an International Documentary-long form, more than half of the project's financing must originate from outside of 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 2019 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2020 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan. Selected documentaries will screen a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY - SHORT FORM
Any documentary film of international origin, produced and filmed outside of Canada. Submissions must have a running time of 49 minutes or less, including credits. If your documentary contains minimal dramatization of actual events, you may submit to this category, In order to qualify as an International Documentary-short form, more than half of the project's financing must originate from outside of 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. Documentaries completed prior to January 2019 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2020 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan. Selected documentaries 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 films completed prior to January 2019 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2020 must be the first public screening in Regina for films in this category. Selected films 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, 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 2019 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2020 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. The selected film 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 and filmed 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. Films completed prior to January 2019 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2020 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. The selected film will be screened a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Any animated fiction, documentary or experimental film with a running time of 49 minutes or less, including end credits. There are no restrictions on the country of origin. Short animated 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 2019 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2020 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Selected animated shorts will be screened a minimum of 1 time to a maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

INDIGENOUS SHORT FILM
Any narrative fiction, documentary or animated film. The film must be initiated and either directed, produced or written by Indigenous artists. Submissions must have a running time of 49 minutes or less, including end credits. There are no restrictions on the 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 another public distribution platform (Blu-ray, DVD, streaming, VOD, etc.) are ineligible. Films completed prior to January 2019 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2020 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Selected shorts will be screened a minimum of 1 time to a maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

STUDENT SHORT FILM
Any narrative fiction, documentary or animation film produced and directed by students enrolled in a secondary or post secondary institution (as of January 2019). 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. Films completed prior to January 2019 are not eligible for any of our competition categories. RIFFA 2020 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. For Saskatchewan students: RIFFA 2020 must be the first public screening in Regina for films in this category. Selected shorts will be screened a minimum of 1 time to a maximum of 3 times during the festival season.

CALL FOR SUBMISSION:

Opening Date
November 12, 2019

Regular Deadline
February 21, 2020

Late Deadline
March 20, 2020

Extended Deadline
April 17, 2020

Notification Date
June 5, 2020

Event Date
August 11 – 15, 2020

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Colin Skevington

    Great festival. Well organised. They could improve on their social media during the event. We discovered that they send an email out a month before the event to film makers whose films have been nominated. If you have not received one and you are attending the event then you will definitely not be up for an award, unless they change their policy in 2020 and make nominations public before the event. It would be fairer on film makers to let them know all nominations as it will help them in their decision making as to whether to attend the festival.

    December 2019
  • Lee Ryan Coston

    RIFFA knows how to treat and entreat a filmmaker. They pick you up at the airport, they taxi you around to events, their catalog is first rate, the people are kind and truly interested in your welfare, the red carpet and awards ceremony was first class (worth getting dressed up for) and the trophy was stunning - so worth a go at winning! AND the real treat was that the festival provided all of the events at no cost to the filmmakers - what a difference from some of the festivals!! We appreciate the way you appreciate us :)

    August 2019
  • Joanne Storkan

    I was amazed and pleasantly surprised by the quality of this film festival. Having attended many, I know how difficult the process is; I compare it to planning 4 weddings in one weekend at the same venue. But RIFFA was extremely well organized! Just the transportation they provided by knowledgeable and helpful volunteers, puts this festival on my top 3! Every effort was made to encourage industry people to mingle and learn more about the business. One seminar in particular, "Meet the Funders," was a goldmine of information by some of the top people in the field of film in Canada. So glad they filmed it, and it will be available on YouTube!

    August 2019
  • Kristen Anderson-Sauve

    Riffa was quick to respond to emails and was accommodating. They also had spectacular opening and closing events. And they even sent me a certificate for our awards nomination. One of the best organized events I've been to.

    August 2019
  • Having experience of over 250 festival, till now i this is the best festival experience i have, there growth is tremendous, these kind of festival you want to be associated, there approach towards growth is tremendous, very good communication, Hospitality, invitation for visa letter, passes everything was provided, jury is world class, worth your submission fee, networking opportunity is huge.
    Thanks
    AJitesh
    Team Touttay

    August 2019