Calgary International Film Festival

Calgary International Film Festival
#207, 214 - 11 Avenue SE
T2G 0X8
Calgary, Canada

Tel: (403) 283-1490
Fax: (403) 457-3784

Festival Overview

The Calgary International Film Festival is a 12-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and over 40 other countries. The festival hosts gala events, screenings, special presentations, and a Behind the Screen series that emphasizes unique and exciting ways for filmmakers and fans to interact.

With steady growth over the past three years, in 2016 CIFF set a record attendance for the 12-day festival, hitting 36,700 attendees, representing a 4% increase in attendance over the previous year. Film Submissions have more than tripled over the past four years, to over 2,000 in 2016.

The Calgary International FIlm Festival is now the largest film festival in Alberta, and is the sixth largest in Canada. It is also an Oscar-qualifying festival for short films and was named one of "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" in both 2016 & 2017 by MovieMaker Magazine.

In addition to the festival, CIFF presents Doc Soup, a six-month screening series of award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary films presented in conjunction with the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival.


Best Canadian Narrative Feature presented by RBC – $10,000 cash prize: Jury Award for the Best Canadian Narrative Feature Film

Best of Shorts presented by Minimax, Copyseis and Jerilyn Wright – $2,500 cash prize each
Best Alberta Short
Best Narrative Short (Live Action or Animated)
Best Documentary Short

Audience Favourite, Alberta Feature
Audience Favourite, Narrative Feature
Audience Favourite, Documentary Feature
Audience Favourite, Alberta Short
Audience Favourite, Narrative Short (Live Action or Animated)
Audience Favourite, Documentary Short


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

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Laura Carlson
Marketing Manager
Brenda Lieberman
Programming Manager
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Open to all


Submissions to the 2017 festival are now closed. Questions about submissions? Please contact


Feature Films (60 minutes and over)
$40 – early
$55 – regular
$70 - Late

Short Films (30 minutes and under)
$25 – early
$35 – regular
$50 - Late

*Waived fees for Alberta filmmakers

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