*** THIS IS FOR 2021 EDITION ***

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CANADA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL has continued to grow and develop into an important screening opportunity for filmmakers. We screen documentary, feature and short films of every genre. We are no longer accepting submissions via DVD.
We make the process simple, you can submit to our festival through FilmFreeway and send us a link to your film. We prefer streaming services such as Vimeo or YouTube.

The trophy is an award given only to the winners who attend to the festival.
The festival will not send the trophy by post, ups etc...


Trophy and Award Certificates:

Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Feature Film
Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Web Series
Best Screenplay Short
Best Screenplay Feature
Best Music Video
Best First-time Filmmaker
Best Experimental Film
Special Jury Award

All non-English films must have English subtitles.
At this time, we are only requesting online submissions and all materials must be viewable online, as we want to remain as green as possible.
By submitting to the festival, you agree to allow your film (or other artistic work) to be screened by the festival during the festival run, for which you are submitting, at no charge to the festival. If there are to be any additional screenings, we will come to a mutual agreement between the filmmaker and the festival. All media selected by the festival will be asked to provide promotional materials, but we ask that no promotional materials be sent until selection. By submitting to the festival you are admitting copyright ownership of everything submitted.
The festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission at any time, if there is any question of ownership, copyright infringement or any sign of disrespect (in any form of media) to the festival or its representatives.


It is very important for all filmmakers to readily have available posters and trailers and additional materials possible to submit to film festivals at the submission stage. Film festival directors appreciate these materials to work with, should your film get accepted to the festival submitted. As a Festival Director, I see professionalism and dedication to the film when the submitter sends a well made poster and a short trailer. This also helps the film festival better promote the selected films.

It’s important to get a frame from the movie or a photo still of the film that makes people look at it and think “I want to see this film” or “Who is that guy and why he is running?” or “Why is that woman crying?”.
A good poster should immediately grab people’s attention. A poster with only the title a background doesn’t convey any emotion and doesn’t mean anything.
Film festivals prefer to have posters in the the following proportion.
Recomended file size: 1400 pixels x 2100 pixels at 300dpi.
Make the Title stand out, but don’t make it so big that it distracts the important images in your poster.
Make sure to export it aa a JPEG, PNG or PDF.

The trailer has to give the audience a glimpse of your film and just enough so as not reveal important parts of it. This will make the viewer curious about your film.
Place important information like: Title, Directed by…, important actors in the poster.  Include festival laurels like Winner of Best Film or Best Director, and Official Selections from important festivals such as: Sundance, TIFF, etc... 
Duration : The recommend length of a trailer should be between 1 and 2 minutes maximum.
Export : 1080p – MP4 or Quicktime mov file.
Even if your short film is 3 to 5 minutes long, creating a 1 minute trailer will make a good impression.

When a film is submitted to my festivals without a poster or trailer or sometimes without both, the judges takes points off the final rating of the film. 

Overall Rating
  • Mark Weeden

    CIFF really was a great festival to be a part of. The organizers were great, and totally available to talk about any and all things related to the festival. The awards ceremony is a nice touch, and provides a great closing to the festival, and provides a great chance to see who else is working in your sphere.

    March 2019
  • Tavit Melikian

    Canada Independent Film Festival is an amazing event! Every filmmaker should apply. It brings amazing films from all over the world and screens them in a beautiful venue. They repeatedly acknowledge the hardwork of the film's applied and presents awards for those who win. The festival is a must for all thriving independent films!

    February 2019
  • It was a pleasure to participate in this festival. Small but very important festival for the independent filmers community in Canada.
    Thank you to Elaine Costa, Jose Claudio Silva & all the team. You guys put a lot of love and energy on this event you are the greatest. strongly recommended to all independent filmmakers out there.

    February 2019
  • This festival is great, big event !

    February 2019
  • Janet Hetherington

    I was thrilled to be part of the 2019 Canada Independent Film Festival. Travelling to cosmopolitan Montreal was part of the adventure, and the theatre at the Chateau Champlain hotel where the films were screened was magnificent. Very proud that my script BLACK GOOSE won Best Feature screenplay. Beautiful certificate, award and festival charm. Thank you Jose Claudio Silva, Elaine Maciel, Alice Maciel, and Marcelo Cabral!

    February 2019