The 29th Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF)... international, independent and eye-opening. Our 10-day festival is committed to showcasing contemporary, independent films that will enlighten and entertain our audiences. We look for films that make us better people -- films with soul. Each year, EIFF presents a cinematic smorgasbord of more than 150 features, documentaries and shorts to a sophisticated, appreciative audience. Inspiring and sometimes, life-changing, the festival hosts a variety of guests that include directors, producers, writers, actors, distributors and programmers. This festival is about FILMS and the people who MAKE them!
WHO ATTENDS? 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 John Waters, Norman Jewison, Academy Award© winner Brenda Fricker, Deepa Mehta, Arthur Hiller, Werner Herzog, Don McKellar, Albert Maysles, Jon Cryer, Bruce McDonald, Patrick Warburton, Rita Chiarelli, Gil Kofman, Shea Whigham, Gabriel Sunday, Stephen McCole, Jesse James Miller, Kris Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer, Academy Award© winner, Luke Matheny and countless up-and-coming 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.
NEW! THIS YEAR...
SNOW, MAN (all lengths): Snow. The white, fluffy stuff that falls from the sky. It builds character. And is the reason our first sentence after "How are you?" is "Cold enough for ya?". We KNOW snow in Canada and want to see how filmmakers from other, wintery countries embrace it -- or not! Show us your SNOW, MAN.
FOOD FiILMS (all lengths): For this NEW! category, we're hungry for films -- dramatic and documentary -- that feature food. Creating it, growing it, playing with it... tantalize us!
DANCE ON FILM (short films): In partnership with Edmonton's MILE ZERO DANCE, we are looking for stories that lift us out of our seats and remind us of the power in dance!
Awards & Prizes
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD: Every film (all lengths) is in competition for the coveted People's Choice Award, voted on by EIFF audiences. Ballots are tallied and winner announced at the Closing Night After-Partay!
THE WEDGIE AWARD FOR COMEDY: We're so f-ing clod up here that LAUGHING is the one thing that keeps us warm. Oh, and sex of course. Make us laugh, make us cry laughing... our programming team will choose their favorite COMEDY film or stand-out comedic actor from all submission categories.
THE BIG DADDY: FAMILY FILM AWARD: Dramatic and documentary films (of all lengths) are in competition for the prestigious Family Film Award. Edmonton has a respected reputation as the greatest Canadian city to raise kids. Our audiences look for every opportunity to expose Edmonton youth to culture and alternative outlooks on life. This Award is chosen by the EIFF programming team.
THE BOBBY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CINEMATOGRAPHY: In March 2012, Bob (Robert) Riddell embarked on his road trip to the stars. And, as always, the lighting was perfect. There are no words to describe Bobby -- he loved and was loved. An extraordinary cinematographer, he FILMed projects of every genre, across Canada and around the world for nearly 50 years! With the blessing of the Riddell family, EIFF is privileged to present this Award in honour of our beautiful friend and to recognize and inspire our next generation of DPs and Cinematographers.
Other Awards categories (subject to change) include: Canadian Feature | International Feature | Best Documentary | Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Short Film | Short Film awards for Alberta, Canada, International, Animation and Documentary
Rules & Terms
LENGTH: Submissions may be fiction, documentary, or animation and each category is length-specific.
GENRES: Whatever the genre, we're looking for films with strong story lines. Movies that make you question your own values; move you in some mysterious way; or make you laugh out loud.
COPYRIGHT: Filmmaker is responsible for securing all copyright clearances and music rights.
WHERE IN THE WORLD? Wherever you are on the globe, we're interested in your cinematic story. Canada is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and, as a city, Edmonton is rich with an incredible variety of peoples. This year’s SPOTLIGHT shines on films which feature SNOW, MAN!
SUBMIT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE! Submitting early not only allows more time for consideration, but also guarantees you won’t miss the final deadline. No late submissions will be considered at all. Seriously!
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: If the DEADLINE date lands on a weekend or statutory holiday, we accept submissions postmarked on the next business day. Our late submission deadline of MAY 15 allows enough time for selection committees to carefully consider your film, so please don't ask for an extension.
WORKS IN PROGRESS: EIFF does not accept trailers or rough assemblies but will accept work-in-progress cuts (picture lock with temp sound, color, etc.). Please be aware that EIFF will not view multiple updates/versions of your film for programming consideration.
PREMIERE/BROADCAST STATUS: To continue raising the prestige of EIFF -- with audiences and filmmakers – our priority is to program films (of all lengths) that have exclusive, EDMONTON premiere status. A cast & crew screening does not disqualify a film, but preference will be given to premieres.
INELIGIBLE PROJECTS are:
• 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, 2014 -- 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.
CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT: Submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail upon receipt.
PLEASE. DO NOT SEND: In keeping with our effort to become a carbon neutral festival, we request that you DO NOT SEND press kits, photo stills, or any other publicity materials. We will request these materials at a later date, once your film is accepted.
LANGUAGE: All films with non-English dialogue must have English subtitles.
MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: We prefer multiple submissions be submitted individually, however we can accommodate compilation DVDs and are able to offer a group submission discount (based on availability). Please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ENTRY FEES: Entry fees are non-refundable and the fees listed are per entry, in Canadian dollars.
STUDENT FEE: If submitting with the Student Fee amount, please include a copy of your current Student ID OR a letter from your instructor/teacher with your submission copy.
ALUMNI FILMMAKERS have a PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, ACTOR or WRITER credit on a film (any length) that was an Official Selection at EIFF in any of the past 5 years (2010 to 2014). Submission fees are reduced for ALUMNI... our small way of saying 'Thank-you'! Please include the title of your Official Selection film and the year it was programmed at EIFF in your cover letter.
ALBERTA FILMMAKERS! You live here or grew up here, perhaps you hold a degree from an Alberta College or University. To qualify as an Alberta Filmmaker your FilmFreeway contact information must be an ALBERTA residence or your cover letter must include a brief explanation of your ties to Alberta. Submission fees are DISCOUNTED for ALBERTA Filmmakers.
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 festival. Films invited to screen at the 2015 EIFF will receive a screening fee following the festival, which negates the submission fee!
RETURN of SUBMISSION DVD: If you'd like your preview copy returned, include a self-addressed, stamped mailing package. 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.
NOTIFICATION: All accepted entrants will be notified on or before July 30, via e-mail. Filmmakers whose films are not selected to screen at EIFF will also be notified by this date via email.
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 prefer to EXHIBIT the following formats:
• FEATURE Films: DCP and BluRay (with NTSC DVD back-up)
• SHORT Films: PAL or NTSC DVD (Regions 0 and 1)
RECEIPT OF EXHIBITION PRINT: To allow for time to test and inspect exhibition copies, EIFF must receive your EXHIBITION copy by:
• SHORT FILMS: August 15
• FEATURE FILMS: September 15
FILMMAKER FEEDBACK: Regrettably, we no longer provide filmmaker feedback as a routine part of our selection and notification process. We will consider E-MAIL (only) requests for feedback on a case by case basis after the festival dates and before November 15.
TRAVEL/ACCOMMODATIONS for FILMMAKERS: ALL filmmakers are encouraged to attend and we totally wish we could cover everyone’s flight and hotel rooms, but we just don’t have the resources. So… we can only extend a limited number of complimentary airfare and lodging packages to select FEATURE filmmakers. Accepted SHORT filmmakers (who reside outside of Alberta) – we hope to offer you a complimentary 2-night Hotel stay.
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.
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.
LOSS and DAMAGE: EIFF will make every attempt to contact you if there is damage to an entry, but cannot be held responsible if your entry is not considered due to poorly recorded or unplayable media. Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials submitted while in EIFF’s possession, however we cannot accept or assume responsibility in the event of loss or damage.
SHIPPING (Submission Copies): Do not send masters or irreplaceable formats. Preview copies will not be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope is included with the submission. All shipping charges are the responsibility of the sender.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: The Customs Declaration should state "Festival Submission only - no commercial value". Mark value no higher than $10CDN. The Festival does NOT accept collect shipments or pay customs fees on inbound packages.
SHIPPING (Exhibition Copies): SHIPPING (Exhibition Copies): The cost of shipping the exhibition copy to EIFF must be paid by the entrant or preceding festival and EIFF is responsible for outbound shipping of FEATURE FILMS ONLY. We will return exhibition copies for SHORT FILMS, only when the filmmaker requests this and supplies a postage-paid return envelope.
PRIZES: 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.
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.
SEND ALL ENTRIES TO:
Edmonton International Film Festival
#201, 10816A - 82 Avenue
T6E 2B3 Canada
Office hours are 10am to 2pm MONDAY thru FRIDAY.
ONCE A FILM HAS BEEN SELECTED AND AN INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE AT THE EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IS ACCEPTED, THE FILMMAKER CANNOT WITHDRAW THEIR FILM FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME. **EIFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO WITHDRAW AN “ACCEPTED” ENTRY SHOULD THE FILM AND/OR FILMMAKER FAIL TO MEET ALL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.