*** THIS IS FOR 2022 EDITION ***

The CanadaIndependent Film Festival will have its 6th edition in March 2022 and aims to promote Canadian and World Cinema.
Held in the city of Toronto, the Festival will award the best films with a certificate and trophy.
The Festival was created to celebrate the art of filmmaking and to honor the filmmakers who make it all possible.
The entire application process is done online through FilmFreeway.

We organize 14 Film Festivals around the World:

Canada Independent Film Festival
Germany International Film Festival
Portugal International Film Festival
Hollywood Independent Film Festival
Spain International Film Festival
France International Film Festival
Italy International Film Festival
London International Film Festival
Australia Film Festival (Online)
China Film Festival (Online)
World Cine Fest (Online)
Brazil International Film Festival (Online)

Trophy and Award Certificates:

Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Feature Film
Best Canadian Short Film
Best Canadian Documentary
Best Canadian Feature Film
Best Student Film
Best Animation
Best Web Series
Best Screenplay Short
Best Screenplay Feature
Best Music Video
Best Asian Short Film
Best Asian Feature Film

The best short film and feature film will get as prize ONE WEEK FILM PROGRAM IN VANCOUVER.
InFocus Award - Short Film
InFocus Award - Feature Film

ATTENTION: For the Special Jury Award and Photography Categories
the winners will receive only the certificate.

Special Jury Award
Best Photography - Nature
Best Photography - People


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 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 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 as a JPEG, PNG, or PDF.

The trailer has to give the audience a glimpse of your film and just enough so as not to 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 recommended 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 take points off the final rating of the film.s points off the final rating of the film. 

Overall Rating
  • I wasn't physically there, but I was very happy in dealing with the festival organizers on mail.
    Thank you, Canada Independent Film Festival for selecting my short film #Firdaws in 2018.
    I hope, some day, I'll make a feature and be present at the screening :)

    October 2020
  • 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