SpIFF is currently considering options for its 23rd annual film festival, originally set for early 2021. We will update FilmFreeway, our website, and our social media channels when we have made a decision. Thank you for your patience, and please stay well!

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.

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

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 Award

SpIFF reserves the right to offer additional awards that recognize significant achievement in filmmaking.

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

Please note that SpIFF will NOT consider works that are readily available (I.e. without password protection) on the internet, except in extraordinary circumstances. 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. 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 Blu-Ray, DVD, or mutually acceptable current digital formats.

Notification: The Festival will notify, by email, all submissions on or before January 20, 2020 whether or not their film has been selected to be screened.

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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  • Such a wonderful festival! I came down from Vancouver, BC with my film Influenced which played in the opening night at the Garland Theater - an amazing, massive venue that was packed with a wonderful audience.

    The festival went above and beyond organizing press and making filmmakers feel appreciated - communication was excellent throughout the whole process.
    Thank you so much for having us and I can't wait to submit my next film to the festival!

    April 2020
  • My short film Night Birds & Ghost Birds was accepted into the 2020 SpIFF and as it's only a short three hour drive away, I went. I have to say, it was really great! The opening night screening, of which which my film was a part, was in an awesome venue, the Garland Theater, which is HUGE! But they did a wonderful job promoting it as it was jam packed. There is a great bar adjacent to it and they had a magnificent food spread and then dessert after as well. I went to several screenings over the next few days, all of which were full, and also got to meet a lot of other filmmakers and the festival director even connected me with a local radio station on which I was part of a panel interview with some other filmmakers. I've been to a ton of festivals over the years and I have to say SpIFF is easily one of the best ones I've ever been to. If I were fortunate enough to get another film in, I wouldn't miss attending. It's really wonderful

    April 2020
  • Cengiz Akayg├╝n

    I felt honored to be a Part of the Festival.

    October 2019
  • Stephen Takashima

    Really enjoyed this festival and was completely blown away by the venue. Probably the largest screening I've ever had.

    October 2019
  • Vanessa Newell

    Great festival! Thank you so much for having me!

    March 2019