Creation International Film Festival (CIFF) is an international film and screenplay-writing festival designed specifically for the indie filmmaker who’s tired of being overlooked by all the other festivals that seem to cater only to big budget productions. Scanning the endless list of festivals not knowing where to gamble your money is frustrating. In most cases you end up with nothing to show for your hard work and limited budget.

At CIFF we’ve kept our entry fee low and offer one of the highest number of award categories, along with an option to have your film or script reviewed.

CIFF is headquartered in Canada, though our International judging panel is scattered around the globe. The festival runs in 4 quarters. Once a year, in March, we will hold our annual Creation Festival Gala where we will screen the best of our submissions from the 4 quarters in a theatrical presentation. The audience will choose their favorite and a beautiful CIFF Best in Show trophy will be awarded.

Entries are accepted as follows:
Winter Selection (November– January)
Spring Selection (February – April)
Summer Selection (May– July)
Autumn Selection (August– October).

The second annual Creation Festival Gala will be held March 25, 2018.
Finalists will be notified in February 2017.

The entry deadline for our next selection is July 31 and the winners will be announced at the end of August 2017.

The second annual Creation Festival Gala will be held at the Imagine Cinemas in beautiful Ottawa, Canada.

Awards & Prizes

All entries are eligible for an award from the list below. A certificate suitable for mounting and display will be given to the winners of each category. Winners of our annual Creation Festival Gala will receive an engraved CreationIFF Audience Favorite Trophy. The event will be held at the Imagine Cinemas in Ottawa, Canada.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Music Video
Best Trailer
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Director
Best Web Series
Best Horror
Best Thriller/Action
Best Comedy
Best Animated film
Best Sci-Fi
Best Student film
Best Documentary
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Visual Effects
Best Original Music Score
Best in Show

Screenplay 1st place
Screenplay 2nd place
Screenplay 3rd place 

Rules & Terms

Being our second year, CIFF plans to explore the art of story telling. We are looking forward to being both dazzled and amazed by the world of independent cinema.

Simple guidelines for submissions:

- Shorts up to 45 minutes
- Features 45 minutes to 145 minutes.
- Screenplays should be in PDF format
- Project completion date no more than 2 years old
- Must be in English, French or Italian (or with English/French/Italian subtitles) 
- Online screeners must be uploaded to FilmFreeway
- CIFF will not make your property available online
- We DO accept partially completed films

11 Reviews

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    Martha Gorzycki

    Great communication and enthusiastic support from the organizers. A very welcoming festival for independent films. Thank you!

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you, Martha. You are too kind.
    We appreciate you reviewing the festival.

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    Alexis Chaviaras

    I’m happy with the communication and with the information online. It is clear that a lot of time and effort is devoted by the organizers and judges. Although I couldn’t attend the live screenings, I’d gladly participate again.

    December 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate your input.
    Wishing you all the best.

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    Alessia Vegro

    Great experience! Thank you so much!!!

    December 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you very much for sharing with us.

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    Isioro Jaboro

    It was a pleasure for Saving Dreams to compete at the 2016 film festival edition. We would like to thank your organization and the organizers for a fabulous job and a successful film festival and for the opportunity given to our film. We look forward to taking part at your festival again in the future. Thanks!

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you Isioro and congratulations on producing an excellent trailer. We would look forward to any future submissions.

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    Ricardo Neeley

    A worthwhile festival to be apart of with excellent communication and timely feedback thankful for the official selection of my music video to the Summer 2016 series looking forward to submit future projects.


    September 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for your so kind comments. We are very pleased that you are satisfied.