Submissions for CIFF 2023 are now closed
Offering over $40,000 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 the world'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, 2020 and 2022!
CIFF 2023 Dates: September 21 - October 1
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Features in Competition:
$10,000 CAD RBC Emerging Canadian Artist: 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: This juried award is given to the Canadian director who creates the best documentary in the section. Presented by Directors Guild Canada.
$1,000 CAD Best International Narrative Feature: This juried award is given to the international director who creates the best narrative cinema from around the globe (U.S. & International).
$1,000 CAD Best International Documentary Feature: This juried award is given to the international director who creates the most compelling non-fiction cinema from around the globe (U.S. & International).
Shorts in Competition:
$2,500 CAD Grand Jury Prize for Short Film: This juried award is given to the best overall short film at the festival and also qualifies the winner for consideration in the appropriate category of the Academy Awards®, without the standard theatrical run that a film typically needs to qualify for an Oscar® nomination.
$1,000 CAD Devon Bolton Memorial Award for Best Alberta Short Film: Provincial competition for films under 40 minutes.
$500 CAD Best Youth by Youth Canada Short Film + up to $18,000 scholarship to Vancouver Film School: High-school or under-18 student competition for films under 30 minutes.
$1,000 CAD Best Live Action Short Film: International competition for Live-Action narrative films under 40 minutes.
$1,000 CAD Best Animated Short Film: International competition for Animated films under 40 minutes.
$1,000 CAD Best Documentary Short Film: International competition for Documentary films under 40 minutes.
$1,000 CAD Best Student Short Film: Post-Secondary Student competition for films under 40 minutes.
Audience Choice Awards:
Feature Film Awards: Alberta Feature, Canadian Narrative, Canadian Documentary, International Narrative, International Documentary, Late Show, Music on Screen, Generation Next and Special Presentations.
Short Film Awards: Alberta, Documentary, Live Action and Animated