The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) is produced by a charitable, non-profit, cultural organization (EIFF Society) whose mission is to present an annual celebration of cinema as a means to transform the way people see the world. We’re looking for films that tell strong stories, regardless of the genre – whether they make you question your own values, move you in some mysterious way, or leave you laughing out loud.

Located just a couple of hours from the majestic Rocky Mountains, Edmonton is the heart of the Canadian Prairies, the largest northern city in North America and home to the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF). Each autumn, we hoist the curtains on a cinematic feast that celebrates the power of film. The menu consists of more than 150 films from 50+ countries, ranging from short to feature-length, dramatic to documentary, comedy to gut-wrenching and studio to independent.

FACT: EIFF is pronounced /’aif/

The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF)
… international, independent and eye-opening

Our festival’s primary objective is to encourage and support the appreciation of cinema. To achieve this, we present the most outstanding films produced from as many countries as possible – plus a generous dose of filmmaker chats, Q&A’s, gala screenings, a local filmmaker spotlight, ‘buzzy’ films that are travelling the festival circuit, shorts with lunch, and more. Films are selected on the basis of story, quality and originality. All films must be EDMONTON premieres.

FACT: EIFF is ranked ’50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee’ by MovieMaker Magazine (2015-2017)

EIFF has a 30+ year history of welcoming veteran and emerging filmmaking talent. Over the years we’ve had the pleasure of hosting Ron Chapman, Rita Chiarelli, Jon Cryer, Thom Fitzgerald, Paul Gross, Werner Herzog, Norman Jewison, Naomi Klein, Jørgen Leth, Avi Lewis, Neil Mandt, Luke Matheny, Albert Maysles, Bruce McDonald, Don McKellar, Deepa Mehta, Jesse James Miller, Molly Parker, Patrick Warburton, John Waters, Shea Whigham… the list goes on! And countless emerging filmmakers, actors, writers and producers.

“This was our third time being a part of EIFF, and every year it gets bigger and better. In fact, it’s one of the coolest things going on in Edmonton! It’s a rare experience to see your short documentary in a state-of-the-art, commercial theatre! A post-screening party brought together filmmakers and audience members in a casual setting where we could share our next projects. It’s nice to combine work and play at a festival.” – Fredrick KROETSCH (Director) of BENEATH THE SURFACE (2016)