Headline International Film Festival

Headline International Film Festival
Headline International Film Festival
V5H 2M2
Vancouver, Canada

All year, In progress
This film festival operates all year

Festival Overview

Headline International Film Festival (HIFF) aims to advance and shine the spotlight on true independent cinema and the creativity of all the artists, storytellers and collaborators involved.

Our mission is to discover and showcase new and emerging works from around the world and to provide a platform and community where filmmakers can both share and learn from one another.

HIFF's competition categories caters for the current technologically advanced market. We strive to give filmmakers of every budget a chance to shine in this competitive industry.



Best Director
Best Writer
Best Actor
Best Cinematographer
Best Editor
Best Short Narrative Film
Best Short Documentary Film
Best Feature Narrative Film
Best Feature Documentary Film
Best Television or Web Series
Cell-Fest Winner
30 Seconds of Fame Winner
Best Music Video

See our awards page for award winners of our previous festivals:


Action Adaptation Adventure Advertising Animation Art-house Asian Black Black Comedy Bollywood Bollywood Children Comedy Crime Documentary Drama Experimental Fantasy Foreign Language French Gay and Lesbian Historical Horror Independent Jewish Music Video Musical National Reality Religious Romance Science Fiction Short Silent Sport Student Thriller TV War Western Women

Known festival contacts Contacts
Alex Palmer


Open to the public


Everyone. Film and video makers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to enter HIFF. As our mission is to discover new and otherwise unfound talent, there are no premiere status restrictions for all competition categories in HIFF.


Submissions are accepted via online screeners: Vimeo or YouTube links are preferred.

We recommend submitting only private password-protected Vimeo or YouTube links

We put the environment first and do not accept physical submissions be it film, DVD, Blu-ray or DCP.

An HD submission is preferred, although SD is also acceptable.

We recommend:

Video Codec: H.264
Resolution: 1080p or 720p
Frame rate: Upload in the same FPS as your source footage.

Audio Codec: AAC-LC (Advanced Audio Codec)
Audio Data rate: 320 kbit/s
Audio Sample rate: 48 kHz


$25 (videos under 30 minutes)
$40 (videos 30 minutes and over)

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