SpIFF is pleased to announce the 24th Edition of the Spokane International Film Festival, to run in February 2023! Most of all, SpIFF wishes to screen and promote the work of up-and-coming filmmakers, particularly those working in the Pacific Northwest.

The Spokane International Film Festival is an intimate festival where filmmakers and audiences engage the art of cinema. We offer a small, selective offering of world-class films. These are the very best features, documentaries and shorts that have been made around the world during the past year but have not yet been commercially released for wide distribution.

"SpIFF has a refreshing selection of films that is different from other film festivals that tend to lack originality in their programming. The staff goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome and celebrated as a filmmaker." - Adam Gaulke, Winner of SpIFF 2017's Most Promising Filmmaker Award.

"I give SpIFF - specifically, the reception that my short, "The Vehicle", enjoyed and the awards that I was honored to receive - a lot of credit for motivating me to take the long-form, cinematic leap. Honestly, I don't know that I would have ever attempted this endeavor if I hadn't experienced the kind of encouragement that everyone at SpIFF so generously bestowed upon me." - Filmmaker Corbin Saleken talking about how his experience at SpIFF set the bar for him to make his first feature-length film, "Patterson's Wager."

"Spokane International Film Festival has been a highlight of my film's festival run. The venues, events and staff were well organized, impressive and memorable, and I've yet to encounter a more engaged, enthusiastic and conversational audience. I'll make my next film with SpIFF in mind as I hope to share another story with this great festival and city." - Ian Ebright, Writer/Director, "From the Sky," 2015 Gold SpIFFy winner for Best Mid-Length film and Most Promising Filmmaker Award

"My short film was selected to screen at festivals across the country, and I'm very pleased that it was able to screen at SpIFF. The festival brought together a thoughtful group of filmmakers and provided a platform for participation, something too often lost at larger events. The festival staff made us feel like welcome guests. In addition, the programmers curated some of the years best international films - bringing films to Spokane that would be difficult to see theatrically in many larger US cities. Overall, I found it to be a great town with a lot of heart, and an outstanding film festival with a strong sense of community. The experience reminded me of why I make films. I very much enjoyed my time there." - Adam Michael Becker, Director / Cinematographer, "REAL CHANGE," official selection at SpIFF 2014.

SpIFFy Juried Awards:
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best of the Northwest Feature
Best of the Northwest Short
Best Animation Short
Best Short
Most Promising Filmmaker

Audience Awards:
Best of the Northwest Short
Best Animation Short
Best Short
Best of the Northwest Feature
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature

SpIFF reserves the right to offer modify awards or to add awards that recognize significant achievement in filmmaking.

SpIFF accepts features, documentaries, and shorts from around the world. Genre is open.

SpIFF plans to hold in-person events for the 2023 edition. We will transition to virtual environments as health and safety or serving our audience require. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that films will screen in-person.

Required Notifications: When submitting on Film Freeway, you must notify us if you plan to require a screening fee or any restriction on the geographic territory if your film is selected to screen at SpIFF. Knowing these conditions will enable us to best plan our program with a minimum of disruption.

Open submissions that receive significant exhibition in Spokane prior to SpIFF, either via theatrical or broadcast venues, may be declined at the discretion of the programmers. In addition, SpIFF will NOT consider open submissions that are readily available (i.e. without password protection or on a streaming service) on the internet, except in extraordinary circumstances. Please contact director@spokanefilmfestival.org before submitting your work or before screening it in Spokane if you have any questions regarding this policy.

Submission Format: Submit preview copies as a secure online screener, via FilmFreeway.

Presentation Format: We will exhibit accepted works as mutually acceptable current digital formats or as Blu-Ray.

Notification: The Festival will notify, by email via Film Freeway, all open submissions on or before December 15, 2022 whether or not their film has been selected by SpIFF.

Loss and Damage: Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials submitted to the festival. However, we cannot accept or assume responsibility in the event of loss or damage.

Please note: If your work is accepted for SpIFF, we prefer electronic press kits with the exception of paper press kit materials such as posters, fliers, and postcards. Paper press kits submitted for use by SpIFF will not be returned.

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  • 'The Recess' was selected at the 2022 Spokane International Film Festival, it was great and wonderful experience. Thank you for that.

    March 2022
  • Jennifer Wolfe

    Wonderful film festival. Great selection of short films! I was proud to have my film screened among them.

    March 2022
  • April Kelley

    Brilliant festival - thrilled to have been a part of it and hope to again in the future!

    February 2022
  • Trevor St. John

    Hybrid festivals are a challenge for everyone. SPIFF did its very best to make sure we were included in events that could be in person and also ways to contribute to the virtual festival. We appreciated being part of it.
    Lorna St John producer, A Good EnoughDay

    February 2022
  • Lisi Purr

    We're grateful we had a chance to take part in this festival. Kudos to the programmers for supporting so many diverse and eclectic films, especially from the North-West region.

    February 2022