About RIFFA:
Regina International Film Festival & Awards (RIFFA) Foundation Inc, is a nonprofit multi-faceted cultural art organisation located in Regina, Saskatchewan - CANADA. The Foundation's year around operation meaningfully engages with its distinct quality programs to inspire the community in celebrating films and diversity. These programs include The Regina International Film Festival and Awards (RIFFA), RIFFA Academy, RIFFA Studio, RIFFA Classic (Annual awards show).

"Inspire & motivate people to discover the world through the art of motion pictures.''

Awards & Prizes

Regina International Film Festival Awards (RIFFA) is an annual Canadian film festival hosted in Regina, Saskatchewan honouring cinematic achievements in the film industry. The various category winners are awarded a RIFFA statuette on the very last day of the Regina International Film Festival.

Rules & Terms

Rules & Terms

Submissions to the 2017 Regina International Film Festival & Awards (RIFFA) should be made through FilmFreeway based on the following terms. Any questions about these terms should be directed to programme@riffa.ca

1. By submitting a film to RIFFA for the 2017 Festival, the submitter (the “Applicant”) represents that he or she has obtained the necessary consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives of the film (‘’The film Owners’’) and has agreed to the terms.

2. RIFFA may disqualify or reject submissions that it determines are not in compliance with these terms, and may do so without refunding submission fees or returning submitted DVDs.


A. Films submitted to RIFFA for Festival consideration must be entered in one of the categories set out below. Completion dates vary: see individual category descriptions.

B. Films that do not meet the eligibility requirements for any of the categories will not be considered by RIFFA.

C. For the purpose of the established categories, ‘’Best Period Drama ‘’ features are fictional films that are narrated, fictional depictions/portrayals of any historical era or period. The story might be inspired by a folk tale, novel, etc., or a historical event.

D. For the purpose of the established categories, ‘’Best Feature Based On a True Story ‘’ films are ones based on a real life incident/true story/biography. Submission to this category must come with a document that explains the real event and provides supporting links and references.

E. For the purpose of the established categories, ‘’Best Investigative Documentary ‘’ films are ones that investigate and explore contemporary or historical social and political issues. Themes might include miscarriages of justice, malpractice, unsolved mysteries, etc. By submitting films to RIFFA under this category, applicants automatically agree that the ‘’Film Owner’’ will be responsible for any associated legal /financial/ethical implications(claim) associated public exhibition at a film festival.

F. For the purpose of the established categories, “Best Canadian” films are ones that are directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and list Canada as one of the countries of production. All other films are designated “International”.

G. For the purpose of the established categories, “Best Universal Student” films are shorts considered to be the official winners of annual student film festivals run by accredited universities, colleges, and technical film institutes. Submissions in this category must include documents proving that the project won the title of ‘best film’ in an appropriate student film festival. Please note that candidates from Saskatchewan do not have submission fees for this category (ask for fee waiver code).

H. Categories:

1. Best Canadian Features

2. Best International Feature

3. Best Period Drama

4. Best Features based on True story

5. Best Investigative Documentary

6. Best Narrated Short Film

7. Best Animated Short Film

8. Best Universal Student film

I. All short and feature films presented are, at a minimum, Saskatchewan premieres and not officially released in theatres/online. Saskatchewan candidates who wish to submit in the ‘’Universal student film ‘’ category will be excepted from these criteria. However, the film’s premiere status will be taken into consideration when final programming decisions are made.

J. All Feature Films and shorts must be submitted to preview as a secured online screeners in FilmFreeway. All Exhibition copies must be available to festival office in DVD format on June 10, 2017(applicable for officially selected candidates).

k. A selected feature-length film may not screen in RIFFA without the presence of one or more significant production members (preferably the director, producer, or one of the lead actors), or an assigned representative. Without such a presence, RIFFA reserves the right to replace the film at any time during the selection process or after.


1.Only submissions submitted digitally will be accepted.A screener or screener link must be provided for review purposes.
2. An eligible short film must have been completed after January 1st, 2016.
3. Exhibition formats for the Regina International Film Festival and awards are DVD. No other formats will be accepted for exhibition.
4. No film may be withdrawn after accepting an invitation to screen at the Regina International Film Festival and awards.
5. Jury selected/RIFFA officially selected candidates only have requested to submit a DVD screener for the exhibition.
6. submission will be evaluated in other categories as well.
7. Submissions made through FilmFreeway will be notified through FilmFreeway.

Guidelines to submit exhibition format (DVD) (applicable to officially selected candidates only)

All Exhibition formats under these terms must be submitted in accordance with the procedure outlined here.
A. contains only one version of the film, in the original language of production, with English subtitles if the original language is not English;
B. be formatted in MPEG-2 video for Region 1/North America or Region 0/no region (i.e. the DVD is authored as a video DVD and not burned as a data disc containing QuickTime or another similar file.)
C. The DVD must be labelled with the following:
 Title
 Production company name
 Phone number and address
 Director’s name
 Length in minutes.
 FilmFreeway tracking number

Be shipped in accordance with the shipping instructions set out below.

1. Applicants should test their DVDs thoroughly before submitting them. The applicant has sole responsibility for ensuring that the submitted DVD screener plays in its entirety on an industry-standard DVD player. If RIFFA is unable to view the DVD, it may attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the applicant in order to obtain a replacement DVD.

2. RIFFA will not review multiple versions of a submitted film. Only one version may be submitted. If multiple versions are submitted, RIFFA will only consider the version that was received first.

3. DVD screeners will not be returned

4. Shipping Instructions for DVD Screeners(Jury selected candidates only have requested to submit a DVD screener).

 All Films must be sent by way of prepaid shipping. RIFFA will not accept collect/cash-on-delivery shipments.
 RIFFA is not responsible for and will not accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes, or customs brokerage. Applicants should clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges are to be billed to the sender. Any shipping charges incurred by RIFFA will be billed back to the applicant.
 RIFFA is not responsible and bears no liability with respect to clearance of shipments through Canadian customs. However, RIFFA recommends that applicants sending submissions from outside of Canada take the following steps to increase the chance of successful review by Canadian customs:

 Include three copies of a commercial invoice (declaration of contents) containing the following information:
1. Sender’s name, address and telephone number
2. Recipient’s address
3. Title of film and format
4. Length of film
5. Fair market value (standard is USD $15)
6. Country of manufacture
7. Declaration “Goods on loan for Film Festival purposes only. No commercial value. Non- pornographic.” And Sender’s signature
8. The commercial invoice should be included with the courier waybill. Applicants shipping via international post should affix a customs declaration label to the outside of the package.
9. RIFFA does not confirm receipt of shipment and is not responsible for lost or misdirected packages.
10. It is the Applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the Exhibition format submission procedure is complete and that the DVD has been received by RIFFA.

1. In order to be eligible for consideration, the film must have submitted online via FilmFreeway, and all fees paid, by the deadlines outlined below.
2. Early submission opens on January 10th, 2017.
3. Submission will be closed on April 15th, 2017.
4. Jury selections will be notified on June 15th, 2017.
5. Festival exhibition (DVD) Must be received at festival office prior to July 30th, 2017 (or within 45 days after acceptance notification)
6. Festival Date: August 16th,17th,18th,19th 2017 (4 days).

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