THE BEST OF CIFF: OUR Awards

The Calgary International Film Festival showcases 200 short and feature length multi-genre films, from Canada and around the world. With Academy Award® accreditation and juried cash prizes, our twelve day Festival is world class in its celebration of cinema’s best and brightest.

In 2019, we developed five juried awards with a total cash value of almost $20,000 CAD.  In addition to this, the recipient of the 2019 Best of Shorts Award was eligible for consideration in the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film category in the 91st Academy Awards®.

 

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2019 CIFF JURY AWARDS

To view the full list of 2019 CIFF Jury Award winners, click here

 

$10,000 CAD : RBC Emerging Artist Award: This juried category includes the first or second feature films of emerging directors from Canada. 

$2,500 CAD : Best Live Action or Animated Short Film Award. This juried award also qualifies the winner for consideration in the Animated Short Film / Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards®, without the standard theatrical run that a film typically needs to qualify for an Oscar® nomination.

$2,500 CAD : Best Documentary Short Film Award

$2,500 CAD and $5,000 gift certificate for services and equipment from William F. White International: Best Albertan Short Film Award

$5,000 CAD and $1,000 Vistek giftcard: DGC Best Canadian Documentary Award

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2019 CIFF AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS - PRESENTED BY CTV

To view the full list of 2019 CIFF Audience Award winners, click here

 

The best of the fest decided by the fans themselves! Most films at the festival are eligible for our Audience Awards and are based on the collective score of the audience ballots collected at each screening.

 

Audience Choice Award, Alberta Feature 

Audience Choice Award, Canadian Narrative Feature 

Audience Choice Award, Canadian Documentary

Audience Choice Award, International Documentary

Audience Choice Award, New American Cinema

Audience Choice Award, Headliner

Audience Choice Award, World Cinema 

Audience Choice Award, Late Shows 

Audience Choice Award, Alberta Short

Audience Choice Award, Narrative Short (Live Action or Animated)

Audience Choice Award, Documentary Short 

 

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2019 CIFF FAN FAVOURITE AWARD - PRESENTED BY EVANS HUNT & STONE-OLAFSON

Our most committed audience members - those who view 10 or more films before the end of day Sept 29th - will receive a special ballot to vote for the Fan Favourite Award. 

 

To view the 2019 CIFF Fan Favourite Award inners, click here

 

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2019 CIFF FAN OF THE YEAR AWARD - PRESENTED BY DELTA AIR LINES 

The Fan of the Year Award recognizes the audience member who views the most films over the course of the festival. One dedicated audience member will receive a $1000 USD Delta Air Lines voucher. Details and contest entry rules here. After three fun years, this will be the last year CIFF is running this contest.

To view the 2019 CIFF Fan of the Year Award winner, click here. 

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