THE 2023 REGINA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will take place in a Hybrid format from August 15-19, 2023.

Join us as we celebrate world cinema, champion new voices and bring you the best of Saskatchewan talent.

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.

RIFFA 2023 SUBMISSION TERMS & CONDITIONS
Submissions to the 2023 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 2023 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 with a 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. 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 eliminate the original category.

F. Only digital online submission screeners will be accepted.

G. Any non-English dialogues used in a submitted film must have English subtitles.

H. Films that have been submitted to RIFFA in previous years are not eligible to re-apply.

I. A secure Vimeo Link and Password to watch the film may 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. Please note that RIFFA may notify a filmmaker at any point prior to the official notification date.

K. A film may not be withdrawn after formally accepting an invitation to screen at the Regina International Film Festival and Awards.

L. If a Saskatchewan based filmmaker wants to submit their film to a category other than Saskatchewan films then they can contact the festival for a 30% discount code applicable towards submission to another category other than Saskatchewan films.

M. A selected number of chosen films will be given in person screenings. If filmmakers are able to travel to the festival there will be a preference given to that film for an in-person screening; travel plans must be communicated to RIFFA team within 10 days of selection notification (latest July 10, 2023).

OFFICIALLY SELECTED FILMS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN THE FOLLOWING FORMATS:
- .mp4
- HD 1080p maximum resolution (1920x1080) H.264
- No other formats will be accepted for exhibition.
Digital Press Kit: the Applicant's official selection letter will be accompanied by a list of specific requirements.

CATEGORIES

1. FEATURE CATEGORIES
a) 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. RIFFA 2023 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Preference will also be given to films with World, International or Canadian premiere status provided to RIFFA 2023, and to films that have not yet aired on a streaming or OTT service in Canada yet. Any films completed prior to May 2022 are not eligible for RIFFA's competition categories. Selected films may be available-on-demand online during the festival (1-5 days).

b) 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. RIFFA 2023 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Preference will also be given to films with World, International or Canadian premiere status provided to RIFFA 2023, and to films that have not yet aired on a streaming or OTT service in Canada yet. Any films completed prior to May 2022 are not eligible for RIFFA's competition categories. Selected films may be available-on-demand online during the festival (1-5 days).

2. DOCUMENTARY CATEGORIES

a) 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. RIFFA 2023 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Preference will also be given to films with World, International or Canadian premiere status provided to RIFFA 2023, and to films that have not yet aired on a streaming or OTT service in Canada yet. Any films completed prior to May 2022 are not eligible for RIFFA's competition categories. Selected films may be available-on-demand online during the festival (1-5 days).

b) 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. Preference will be given to films with World, International, Canadian or Saskatchewan premiere status provided to RIFFA 2023, and to films that have not yet aired on a streaming or OTT service in Canada yet. Any films completed prior to May 2022 are not eligible for RIFFA's competition categories. Selected films may be available-on-demand online during the festival (1-5 days).

c) 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. 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. In order to qualify as an International Documentary-long form, more than half of the project's financing must originate from outside of Canada. RIFFA 2023 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Preference will be given to films with World, International, Canadian or Saskatchewan premiere status provided to RIFFA 2023, and to films that have not yet aired on a streaming or OTT service in Canada yet. Any films completed prior to May 2022 are not eligible for RIFFA's competition categories. Selected films may be available-on-demand online during the festival (1-5 days).

d) 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. RIFFA 2022 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Preference will be given to films with World, International, Canadian or Saskatchewan premiere status provided to RIFFA 2023, and to films that have not yet aired on a streaming or OTT service in Canada yet. Any films completed prior to May 2022 are not eligible for RIFFA's competition categories. Selected films may be available-on-demand online during the festival (1-5 days).

3. SHORT FILMS
a) 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. Preference will be given to films with World, International, Canadian or Saskatchewan premiere status provided to RIFFA 2023, and to films that have not yet aired on a streaming or OTT service in Canada yet. Any films completed prior to May 2022 are not eligible for RIFFA's competition categories. Selected films may be available-on-demand online during the festival (1-5 days).

b) 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. Preference will be given to films with World, International, Canadian or Saskatchewan premiere status provided to RIFFA 2023, and to films that have not yet aired on a streaming or OTT service in Canada yet. Any films completed prior to May 2022 are not eligible for RIFFA's competition categories. Selected films may be available-on-demand online during the festival (1-5 days).

c) 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. RIFFA 2023 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Preference will be given to films with World, International, Canadian or Saskatchewan premiere status provided to RIFFA 2023, and to films that have not yet aired on a streaming or OTT service in Canada yet. Any films completed prior to May 2022 are not eligible for RIFFA's competition categories. Selected films may be available-on-demand online during the festival (1-5 days).

d) 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. RIFFA 2023 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Preference will be given to films with World, International, Canadian or Saskatchewan premiere status provided to RIFFA 2023, and to films that have not yet aired on a streaming or OTT service in Canada yet. Any films completed prior to May 2022 are not eligible for RIFFA's competition categories. Selected films may be available-on-demand online during the festival (1-5 days).

e) 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 but to be eligible you must be an Indigenous filmmaker. You must be ready to share your affiliation or connection with your community or communities upon request. Preference will be given to films with World, International, Canadian or Saskatchewan premiere status provided to RIFFA 2023, and to films that have not yet aired on a streaming or OTT service in Canada yet. Any films completed prior to May 2022 are not eligible for RIFFA's competition categories. Selected films may be available-on-demand online during the festival (1-5 days).

f) 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 September 2022). Submissions must have a running time of 49 minutes or less, including end credits. Preference will be given to films with World, International, Canadian or Saskatchewan premiere status provided to RIFFA 2023, and to films that have not yet aired on a streaming or OTT service in Canada yet. Any films completed prior to May 2022 are not eligible for RIFFA's competition categories. Selected films may be available-on-demand online during the festival (1-5 days).

g) **NEW** COMEDY SHORT FILM
Any narrative fiction or animated film produced and filmed inside or outside of Canada of the comedy genre. Submissions must have a running time of 49 minutes or less including end credits. RIFFA 2023 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for films in this category. Preference will be given to films with World, International, Canadian or Saskatchewan premiere status provided to RIFFA 2023, and to films that have not yet aired on a streaming or OTT service in Canada yet. Any films completed prior to May 2022 are not eligible for RIFFA's competition categories. Selected films may be available-on-demand online during the festival (1-5 days). Selected films from this category will also receive the opportunity to be screened at RIFFA's booth at "FROST 2024" (https://frostregina.com/), in addition to RIFFA's 2023 festival.

h) **NEW** MUSIC VIDEOS/SHORT FILMS
Any music and/or performance film produced and filmed inside or outside of Canada, with a maximum run time of 6 minutes or less including end credits. Such as, but not limited to, music videos, dance and movement pieces, and live performance recordings. Preference will be given to films with World, International, Canadian or Saskatchewan premiere status provided to RIFFA 2023, and to films that have not yet aired on YouTube, a streaming platform or OTT service in Canada yet. Any music videos/short films completed prior to May 2022 are not eligible for RIFFA's competition categories. Selected films may be available-on-demand online during the festival (1-5 days).


i) **NEW** EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILMS
Any narrative fiction or animated film produced and filmed inside or outside of Canada that experiments with form and uses innovative techniques in the service of a filmmaker’s creative expression, with a maximum run time of 15 minutes or less including end credits. RIFFA 2023 must be the first public screening in Saskatchewan for videos in this category. Preference will be given to films with World, International, Canadian or Saskatchewan premiere status provided to RIFFA 2023, and to films that have not yet aired on a streaming or OTT service in Canada yet. Any films completed prior to May 2022 are not eligible for RIFFA's competition categories. Selected films may be available-on-demand online during the festival (1-5 days).

If you have any questions on the above rules and terms please contact programme@riffa.ca.

Overall Rating
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  • Cat Mills

    It was our first time screening at RIFFA and we were thrilled. The staff is super supportive and the festival is well organized. We will submit again in the future!

    August 2022
  • Stélion Films

    We were very honored by this selection for our "A Terre Promise / Grounds of Hope". The communication with the festival team were very clear, simple and benevolent. This year the covid pushed the festival to make an online edition but we will be very happy to find this festival in real for a next edition. Thanks to all the festival team, it was a real pleasure that you noticed and liked our film. See you next time!

    August 2022
  • We were so grateful to have THE GOATS OF MONESIGLIO included in this year's RIFFA programming. The festival has been great at communicating updates and sharing festival information. We were so pleased to participate and win in our category, and would love to submit future films to this festival again (hopefully in person in future years!)

    August 2022
  • Minima Films

    Thanks for nominating and screening Migrant Birds Fly in the Canadian feature competition. Wishing your team all the best in Regina Film Festival.

    August 2022
  • RIFFA Regina International Film Festifal great film festival and good communication

    August 2022