Directors Cut Int'l Film Festival is a Canadian Film festival based in Metro Vancouver. Submissions are open for both Canadian and International Films. DCFF aims to recognize, acknowledge, and reward exceptional emerging auteurs and their movies. There is only one requirement : the Director ALSO functioned as at least ONE, if not many, of the following positions: Producer, Writer, DP, Editor, Actor, Composer...

Yes, we are all about appreciation for the Versatile, Multi-Talented Director. We value your cinematic endeavor and the intrinsic multidisciplinary aptitude and work ethic required to see a movie project through from inception to completion, and finally to exhibition. Congratulations! And now, let's get you and your masterwork the recognition it deserves...

-Feature films -45 minutes and over
-Short films -less then 30 minutes
-Web series -at least 2 episodes, each up to 10 minutes
-Music videos -up to 10 minutes

Directors Cut Int'l Film Fest is slated for November 18th, 2018 in Metro Vancouver, B.C. Canada.
Filmmakers and the public alike will be treated to an eventful celebration inclusive of:
-Curated Screenings from the "Finalists" list of films,
-Q&A Sessions with filmmakers and actors,
-Announcement of Winners...
and more screenings.

Awards & Prizes

Evaluations of submitted movies will be carefully adjudicated by a diverse jury made up of award-winning filmmakers as well as cinema critics, reviewers and enthusiasts. Entries are not competing against each other but are rather evaluated with a qualitative standard of merit pertaining to a genre.
"Semi-Finalists" , "Finalists" will be announced by October 2018.
"Winners" will be announced on the event date: Sunday, Nov. 18th 2018.
*Please note that a curated selection of films from the “Finalists” list will be screened on the event date.

Entries Will be eligible for the following:
~Digital Laurels for Semi-Finalists, and Finalists.
~Custom Laurel Certificates for Winners.

Best feature
Best Short
Best Web Series
Best Music Video
Best Director
Best Editor
Best Screenplay
Best Actor
Best Actress

Rules & Terms

Online submissions are preferred.

All submitted projects must have been completed by 2016.

By submitting you agree that you have read and understood the aforementioned Festival Description, Award Categories and Rules herein.

You agree that you are fully authorized to make a submission to the Directors Cut Int’l Film Festival.

Once a project is submitted, fees are not refundable.

Directors Cut Int’l Film Festival reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund of submission fees.

All non-English language films must be subtitled in English.

'Submission' and/or the 'Semi-Finalist' designation of a film does not guarantee screening during the festival.

Only a curated selection of films from the “Finalists” list will be screened on the event date.

No premier status is required.

Multiple entries are allowed but separate entries are to be submitted for each film.

We treat all submissions with confidentiality. We will not screen, download your film or make it available online without your explicit permission.

Screenings will require 2 Blu-ray copies to be sent as well as a digital download. They must be available 14 days before the event date.

It is the responsibility of the submitter/ producer/filmmaker to secure authorization for any copyrighted material that are used in the film.

Directors Cut Int’l Film Festival and it’s affiliates; Directors Cut Film Society and/or Mya Studios Inc. is held harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (virtual and/or tangible) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, critique, or screening of any submitted film(s).

Directors Cut Film Festival reserves the right to add/change/cancel Categories, Awards, Event date(s) and/or Venue(s) due to circumstances beyond our control.

Any costs related to travel, mail, and accommodation incurred by representatives of participating films are not the responsibility of Directors Cut Int’l Film Festival or it’s officials.

All decisions by official(s) at Directors Cut Film Festival is final.

3 Reviews

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    Gabriel Galand

    Great first year edition for this festival. The programming was one of the best I had seen in a while for narrative filmmaking. I didn't get bored in 6 hours of watching shorts. Thanks Ishwar and team! I'll attend again, even if I don't have a film in the selection.

    November 2017
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    javad daraei

    I am very happy and welcome every year to participate in your festival and thank you for this fine festival.

    November 2017
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    Julia Deak

    It is a great pleasure and honor for me that the festival has selected my film. Thanks for the extremely nice message. This festival is great and deserves the interest of filmmakers. I will always love this festival.

    November 2017