Submissions for CIFF 2020 ARE OPEN! 

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Going into its 21st year, the 11-day Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) has grown to be the biggest film festival in Alberta and the sixth largest in Canada.

Offering over $20,000 in cash and prizes, the festival awards outstanding films selected by the audience and esteemed juries. Showcasing an average of 200 short and feature length multi-genre films, from Canada and around the world, CIFF is a qualifying, accredited festival for the Academy Awards® and the Canadian Screen Awards. 

Located on the edge of North America’s most dynamic filming locations, the festival is known for its hospitality and has been named one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine in 2016, 2017 & 2019.

In 2019, the world-class festival hosted 171 industry guests and filmmakers as part of their continued mission to connect them with audiences and create a community passionately engaged around the love of film through interactive post-screening Q&As, networking events, and moderated panels.  CIFF 2020 takes place September 24 – October 4, 2020

Submission Deadlines

  • February 28, 2020
    Earlybird
  • May 29, 2020
    Regular Deadline
  • June 19, 2020
    Extended Deadline
  • August 17, 2020
    Notification Date

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Features in Competition: 

Canadian Narrative Feature CompetitionThe most engaging stories from our home country. Films in this section will compete for a $10,000 CAD juried prize, and an audience award.

DGC Canadian Documentary CompetitionCompelling Canadian non-fiction cinema. Films in this section will compete for a $5000 (min) CAD juried prize, and an audience award.

International Narrative Competition (Outside Canada)The best narrative cinema from around the globe (U.S. & International). FIlms in this section will compete for a juried cash prize, and an audience award.

International Documentary Competition (Outside Canada)Compelling non-fiction cinema from around the globe (U.S. & International). Films in this section will compete for a juried cash prize, and an audience award

Eligible for audience awards, CIFF 2020 non-juried competition sections include: Late Shows (Genre Films), Music on Screen, Generation Next, Special Presentations and Galas.

Shorts in Competition: 

Live Action Short Films: International competition for Live Action narrative films under 40 minutes. Films in this section will compete for a $1000 CAD category prize, and are eligible for a $2500 CAD grand jury prize and Academy Award® consideration.

Animated Short Films: International competition for Animated films under 40 minutes. Films in this section will compete for a $1000 CAD category prize, and are eligible for a $2500 CAD grand jury prize and Academy Award® consideration.

Documentary Short Films: International competition for Documentary films under 40 minutes. Films in this section will compete for a $1000 CAD category prize, and are eligible for a $2500 CAD grand jury prize and Academy Award® consideration.

Alberta Short Films: Provincial competition for films under 40 minutes. Films in this section will compete for a $1000 CAD category prize, and are eligible for a $2500 CAD grand jury prize and Academy Award® consideration. See rules for eligibility requirements.

Student Short Films: Post-Secondary Student competition for films under 40 minutes. Films in this section will compete for a $1000 CAD category prize, and are eligible for a $2500 CAD grand jury prize and Academy Award® consideration. See rules for eligibility requirements.

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Find more information about our 2020 Festival Awards
Before you submit, please read our eligibility requirements

Questions? Give us a shout: programming@calgaryfilm.com