Edmonton International Film Festival

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

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

Festival Overview

The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) is a truly unique festival that champions the bold and challenges the status quo. It is equal parts creative, demanding, celebratory, discriminating and, in the end, just a hell of a lot of fun.

Our primary objective is to encourage and support the appreciation of cinema as art. Each autumn, we hoist the curtains on a 10-day cinematic feast that celebrates the power of film. The EIFF menu 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. And we sprinkle it all with a generous dose of filmmaker chats, Q&A's, gala screenings, a local filmmaker spotlight, 'buzzy' films that are travelling the festival circuit, shorts with lunch, parties (of course!) and more.

This gem of a festival from the plains of Alberta gives voice, platform and opportunity to filmmakers at all stages of their creative journey and from all parts of the world. Edmonton is North America's northernmost metropolis and is a proud outlier when it comes to art and culture. 'E-Town' does its own thing. It's home to some of the best festivals anywhere and is a favourite with artists of all stripes. EIFF is one of those events that not only puts Northern Alberta on the map -- it hotly brands it!

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

WHO ATTENDS? Over the years, we've had the pleasure of hosting: John Waters, Norman Jewison, Cory Bowles, 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, 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.

“I was honoured to be a juror at EIFF 2017 and I shared in the excitement of discovering new voices and visions. EIFF is more important than ever to the citizens and City of Edmonton. It is truly an international festival that doesn’t forget its local, indigenous and regional roots.”
- Carolyn Bennett (Canada), Juror

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 part of Alberta's longest running international film festival.


Each year our Juries acknowledge outstanding films in a variety of categories, including the BIG DADDY AWARD for Best Family Film, the WEDGIE AWARD for Best Comedy, EAT MY SHORT AWARD for Best Food Film, The SNOW! MAN AWARD, Canadian Feature Film Award, International Feature, Documentary and Short Film Awards and, of course, Audience Choice Awards.

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

We don’t have vaults of cash to pass on to our award winners, but know that all of our filmmakers – submitters, ‘official selections’, award-winners, films we weren’t able to program – have our endless respect and admiration. It’s easy to talk about making a film. You cats did it! And for that, we heart you.


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

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Known festival contacts Contacts
Kerrie Long
Sydney Moule
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Primary contact
Kailla MacLellan
Production Coordinator


Open to the public


Everyone! Films must have been completed AFTER January 1st, the year PRIOR to the next festival edition. For example, if you are submitting to the 2018 festival, your film should NOT have been completed before January 1, 2017.

WHERE IN THE WORLD? Wherever you are on the planet, we're interested in your cinematic story. Canada is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and, Edmonton is rich with an incredible variety of peoples, all longing to share stories from home with their communities and neighbours.

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. Genres include (but are not limited to): World Cinema, Oh! Canada, American Indie, Documentaries, Family Films, Late Night Squeam and Short Films.

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

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 STATUS: EDMONTON premiere status is required.

• Films with a public, theatrical screening in Edmonton prior to EIFF dates
• Broadcast in Canada prior to EIFF dates
• Available for purchase in North America
• Available on iTunes and/or Video On Demand (VOD)


Entries are accepted exclusively through our website, with links to our online submission partners.


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

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