Submit your ‘cinematic baby’ for consideration at this year’s kickin’ EIFF… an OSCAR® Qualifying Festival and honored to rank in MovieMaker Magazine’s “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” (2015-2017).

The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF)... international, independent and eye-opening. Our festival’s primary objective is to encourage and support the appreciation of cinema as art. To achieve this, our mandate is to present the most outstanding films produced from as many countries as possible. And we sprinkle it all with a generous dose of film maker chats, Q&A's, gala screenings, a local filmmaker spotlight, 'buzzy' films that are travelling the festival circuit, shorts with lunch, and more. Films are selected on the basis of story, quality and originality. Preference is given to EDMONTON premieres.

Located just a couple of hours from the majestic Rocky Mountains, Edmonton is THE heart of the Canadian Prairies, the largest northern city in North America. Each autumn, we hoist the curtains on a cinematic feast that celebrates the power of film. The menu consists of more than 150 films from 50+ countries, ranging from short to feature-length, dramatic to documentary, comedy to gut-wrenching and studio to independent.

We are also fascinated by a creative groundswell which we fondly refer to as “RENEGADES”. These are filmmakers who are re-defining HOW we tell our cinematic stories... 3-D, VR, cellphones, carbon-neutral shoots, squirrel cams, etc. RENEGADES are also filmmakers whose VOICES demand our attention – re-defining WHO is creating movies.

SHAMELESS NAME DROPPING... Our audiences love it when they can meet the people behind, and in front of, the camera. Over the years, we've had the pleasure of hosting these established artists: John Waters, Norman Jewison, Academy Award© winner Brenda Fricker, Deepa Mehta, Arthur Hiller, Werner Herzog, Paul Gross, Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis, Don McKellar, Albert Maysles, Jon Cryer, Bruce McDonald, Patrick Warburton, Rita Chiarelli, Shea Whigham, Gabriel Sunday, Jesse James Miller, Kris Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer, Academy Award© winner, Luke Matheny... the list goes on! And countless emerging filmmakers, actors, writers and producers.

At the end of the day, once the curtains close for the final time each year -- EIFF is about the POWER OF FILM! And how it brings us all together in a way that only ART can. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Submit NOW and become a part of Alberta's longest running international film festival.

Awards & Prizes

THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS: Audiences vote for their favorite SHORT and FEATURE length films. Ballots are tallied and winners are announced at the Closing Night After-Partay!

As an OSCAR® Qualifying Festival (Short Films), the Grand Jury Award winners in our Short Film categories -- LIVE ACTION and ANIMATION only -- will be eligible for ACADEMY AWARDS® consideration, without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Other Awards categories (subject to change) include: The Big Daddy Family Film Award | The Wedgie Award For Comedy | The Bobby (Riddell) Award for Excellence in Cinematography | The Brian (Hendricks) Award for Innovation | The Alan (Cooke) Award for Best Lunchbox Short... and more.

Rules & Terms

ALBERTA FILMMAKERS: For nearly 30 years, our festival has WAIVED submission fees for Alberta filmmakers. There was no financial incentive for us to do this. We did so completely as a gesture of love for our own filmmaking community. As of 2015, ALBERTA filmmakers are eligible for a DISCOUNT. Send an email with the LENGTH of your film and your Alberta ADDRESS to:

ALUMNI: Filmmakers who have a Producer, Director, Actor or Writer credit on a film that screened at EIFF in previous years – we heart you – are considered ALUMNI and eligible for a DISCOUNT. Send an email with the TITLE of your film and the YEAR it screened at EIFF to:

LENGTH: Submissions may be fiction, documentary, or animation and each category is length-specific.

CATEGORIES: If your film is a better 'fit' in a category OTHER than the one you submitted to, or if you submitted to the incorrect category, we will automatically ensure your 'cinematic baby' is moved to the proper category. Don't stress!

COPYRIGHT: Filmmaker is responsible for securing all copyright clearances and music rights.

LANGUAGE: All films with non-English dialogue must have English subtitles.

ENTRY FEES: Entry fees are non-refundable and the fees listed are per entry.

FEE WAIVERS: NO FEE WAIVERS will be considered. Don't e-mail us, don't phone us, don't hunt us down on the streets -- we've worked very hard to create an affordable submission system that offsets a (very) small portion of our costs. Trust us... filmmaker submission fees are not a revenue generator for ANY fest.

PREMIERE/BROADCAST STATUS: Our priority is to program films (of all lengths) that have EDMONTON premiere status. A cast & crew screening does not disqualify a film, but preference will be given to premieres.

• Broadcast in Canada prior to our festival dates
• Available for purchase in North America

COMPLETION DATE: Priority is given to films completed after January 1, 2016 -- and not previously submitted to EIFF. Films previously submitted to EIFF will ONLY be considered if there are substantial, creative changes to the project.

SUBMISSION CONTACT: The submitter shall be either a producer, director or authorized agent of the film. All communication will be sent to the person submitting.

IF MAILING A DVD, YOUR SUBMISSION PACKAGE TO INCLUDE: Please include one (1) DVD (NTSC or PAL). Mark your submission DVD with: Title | Run Time | Submission # | E-mail. Include payment only if you have not paid online. But why would you do this? Online submissions are so, so easy and help reduce everyone’s carbon footprint.

MAILING ADDRESS: Edmonton International Film Festival
Suite #201, 10816A – 82 Avenue
T6E 2B3 | Canada
Ph: +1.780.423.0844

CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT: Once a submission is received, EIFF organizers will change the STATUS of your film on the FILMFREEWAY online management tool and you will be automatically notified.

RETURN of SUBMISSION DVD: If you sent us a DVD submission (rather than an online submission) and you'd like your preview copy returned, include a self-addressed, stamped mailing package. Physical screeners will otherwise not be returned.

SELECTION PROCESS: All submissions are screened and evaluated by EIFF Preview and Selection Committees. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential.

PRIZES & AWARDS: Should the jury determine that no film was outstanding in an award category, NO award will be presented. EIFF reserves the right to modify the Cash and Goods/Services prizes as listed in the Categories -- as per sponsorship agreements.

NOTIFICATION OF OFFICIAL SELECTION: All accepted and non-accepted entrants will be notified of their selection status on or before JULY 15, via the FILMFREEWAY online submission tool. EIFF will then follow up with an invitation to program 'official selection' films only. Films that are NOT selected will only be notified by FILMFREEWAY on/before July 15.

PASSES/TICKETS for FILMMAKERS: Complimentary Festival Passes and single tickets are available to attending filmmakers. Quantities are dependent on film length, category and based on availability. EIFF representatives will communicate this information to filmmakers upon acceptance of film/s.

EXHIBITION FORMAT: Once a film is accepted, every attempt will be made by EIFF organizers to exhibit your film on the preferred exhibition format. However, due to budget and our movie venues, we can only EXHIBIT the following formats:
• FEATURE Films: DCP and BluRay (with NTSC DVD back-up)
• SHORT Films: H264 or .mp4 files (1920 x 1080 | 23.98 fps)

RECEIPT OF EXHIBITION PRINT: To allow for time to test and inspect exhibition copies, EIFF must receive your EXHIBITION copy by:
• SHORT FILMS: August 1
• FEATURE FILMS: September 1

- A maximum of three (3) public screenings of the film
- Use of film stills in Festival's promotional materials (ie. catalogue, promotional flyers, website and/or multimedia presentations).

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT: Entrant agrees to grant EIFF permission for accepted films and related marketing materials to be reproduced and distributed (in whole or in part) SOLELY for the purposes of jurying and promotion of the Festival.

ACCEPTANCE: Submitting a film to the EIFF and accepting an offer for participation will be considered an approval of the film's copyright holder in accordance with the terms of these Regulations.

PLEASE NOTE: While we make every effort to follow screening times as posted in the festival program guide, EIFF cannot be held accountable for changes to the schedule after festival line-up is announced.



SUBMIT NOW to be a part of Alberta's ORIGINAL international film festival!

2 Reviews

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    India Dupre

    First of all, Edmonton had THE BEST communication skills of any film festival I have experienced. Very personable and kind. They picked us up at the airport and the whole festival had an intimate feel even though it was a major festival with a massive audience. My film was selected from a blind submission and the whole team is very involved in watching all films that are included. Our film played in a beautiful cinema with excellent sound and we had a great moderator for our Q and A. The festival program book was full color, thick and gorgeous (and very much appreciated as many festivals don't have programs). They had a red carpet and even sorted out press for our film (we were on the news!) They said they can't make their film festival without film makers and as a result, we felt very welcomed and taken care of.

    The audience were passionate movie goers who come back every year. The festivals audience award voting system is very fair with hand written ballots and a clear box holding them all.

    I would HIGHLY recommend entering this film festival. Oh, they also had a top notch closing night party. If you are selected for this festival - make sure to travel there - give yourself a few days to see all the other films and attend the closing party. I can see why they are on Movie Makers Top 50 Films worth the Entry Fee. First class from start to finish with a very personal touch.

    November 2016
    Response from festival:

    Awww. Thank-you for the love, India. Filmmakers like YOU make us want to be the best we can be. And your film, STRIPPED... let's just say our audiences are were 'wowed'. We can't wait to see more from you! Happy Holidays from Canada.

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    james hutson

    I am delighted to have Dark Harvest be a part of the Edmonton International Film Festival and particularly want to thank and compliment Kerrie for her dedication and vision. Congratulations on putting together a world-class event! Kerrie and her film community simultaneously empower new filmmakers while bringing the best indie films to Canadian audiences.
    The festival's publicity team arranged radio and television interviews, and gave us filmmakers a prime venue with cutting edge projection and sound systems to showcase our films.
    As I make my way through the festival circuit I particularly think back on my time at the Edmonton International Film Festival due to the sense of community. A major aspect of this is the care of the festival staff, and the breadth of talented filmmakers I met and got to spend time with.

    October 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank YOU for your beautiful, warm words, James! Filmmakers are our ambassadors, so everything we do to make your experience memorable benefits all of us. Congratulations on all the awards & warm support that DARK HARVEST is garnering on the festival circuit. It was an absolute treasure to meet you, and we KNOW you've got more creative genius percolating! Audiences deserve more from you! Happy Holidays.