Edmonton International Film Festival

Edmonton International Film Festival
#201, 10816A - 82 Avenue
T6E 2B3
Edmonton, Canada

Tel: 780-423-0844
Fax: 780-447-5242

2016, Accepting submissions
Submission deadline: Wed 30th Apr 14
Thu 29th Sep to Sat 8th Oct

2015, Accepting submissions
Submission deadline: Wed 30th Apr 14
Thu 24th Sep to Sat 3rd Oct

2014, Accepting submissions
Submission deadline: Wed 30th Apr 14
Thu 25th Sep to Sat 4th Oct


Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Advertising, Animation, Asian, Black, Black Comedy, Bollywood, Children, Comedy, Crime, Documentary, Drama, Foreign Language, French, Gay and Lesbian, Hindi, Independent, Jewish, Reality, Romance, Short, Sport, Thriller, Western, Women

Festival Overview

The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF)... international, independent and eye-opening. Established in 1986, 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, EIFF 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!


Just a couple of hours from the majestic Rocky Mountains, Edmonton is THE heart of the Canadian Prairies, the largest, most northern city in North America and home to the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF). Six months out of the year, we are buried under snow -- making us the top movie-going audience in the country!

And each autumn, we raise the curtains on a 10-day cinematic feast that celebrates the power of film. The menu for our 20,000 festival-goers consists of more than 150 films from 40 countries, ranging from short to feature-length, dramatic to documentary, comedy to gut-wrenching and studio to independent.

The films we look for are: WORLD Cinema, DOCUMENTARIES of all kinds, COMEDY, FAMILY, EDGE of NIGHT (movies that make you squirm), films by ALBERTANS, SHORTS, films that feature SNOW and anything to do with FOOD or foodies.

Our audiences love it when they can meet the people behind, and in front of, the camera. EIFF welcomes visiting filmmakers with open arms, heartfelt hospitality, a place to sleep, some parties, and fabulous memories! 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, Carl Bessai, , Academy Award© winner, Luke Matheny and countless up-and-coming filmmakers, actors, writers and producers.


Awards go to the jury's choice for top film in these categories:
Short Films... Canadian and International.
Dramatic Features... Canadian and International.
Documentaries... Best Short Doc and Best Feature Doc
The Big Daddy Award for Best Family Film (all lengths are in competition)
The Wedgie Award for Comedy (all lengths are in competition)
The People's Choice Award for Best Film!

Submit your film via festival focus
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Late submission deadline is APRIL 30. Filmmakers will be notified of selection status by early July.

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.


Open to the public


Secure/private VIMEO link, online submission platform (FestivalFocus, Click For Festivals, Film Freeway, Withoutabox, Film Festival Life) and/or DVD delivered by mail to:

Edmonton International Film Festival
Suite #201, 10816A - 82 Avenue
EDMONTON, Alberta T6E 2B3

Entry fees vary from $35 to $60USD based upon length of film and date of submission.

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