THE BEST OF CIFF: OUR Awards

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.  CIFF showcases 175+ short and feature-length multi-genre films, from Canada and around the world.

With Academy Award® accreditation and juried cash prizes, CIFF is a world-class celebration of cinema’s best and brightest. 

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2020 CIFF AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS - PRESENTED BY CTV

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 online and in-cinema.

 

Audience Choice Award, Alberta Feature 

Audience Choice Award, Canadian Narrative Feature 

Audience Choice Award, Canadian Documentary

Audience Choice Award, International Documentary

Audience Choice Award, International Narrative

Audience Choice Award, Special Presentations

Audience Choice Award, Late Shift 

Audience Choice Award, Music on Screen

Audience Choice Award, Generation Next

Audience Choice Award, Alberta Short

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

Audience Choice Award, Documentary Short 

Audience Choice Award, Animated

 

2020 FESTIVAL AWARDS

$10,000 CAD: RBC Emerging Canadian Artist Award. This juried award is given to the Canadian director who creates the best first or second narrative feature film.

$5,000 CAD: DGC Best Canadian Documentary Award. This juried award is given to the Canadian director who creates the best documentary in the section.

$1,000 CAD: Best International Narrative Feature. This juried award is given to the international director who creates the best film in the section.

$1,000 CAD: Best International Documentary Feature. This juried award is given to the international director who creates the best documentary in the section.

$2,500 CAD: Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short (Live-Action or Animated)
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.

Additional prizes for short films include:

$1,000 CAD: Best Live Action Short Film Award
$1,000 CAD: Best Documentary Short Film Award
$1,000 CAD: Best Animated Short Film Award
$1,000 CAD: Best Alberta Short Film Award + $5,000 CAD Gift Certificate from William F. White International
$1,000 CAD: Best Student Short Film Award 

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