Whatever the genre, we’re looking for films from all corners of the globe that have strong STORIES. Movies that make you question your own values; move you in some mysterious way; or make you laugh out loud. We are also uber-interested in Music Documentaries, FOOD on Films, Spoken Word and filmmakers who are changing how we consume our cinema.
No. We’re looking for contemporary cinema. Films must have been produced within 20 months of the festival dates in September, and AFTER January 1 the year prior. As an example, if you’re submitting to the 2020 festival, your film must be completed after January 1, 2019.
Our priority is to program films (of all lengths) that have exclusive, EDMONTON premiere status. Edmonton is the capital City of Alberta, Canada. Films which have had a theatrical screening in Edmonton, OPEN to the general public, are not eligible for consideration. A cast & crew screening which is private and closed to the general public, does not disqualify a film, but preference will be given to premieres.
Yes. Projects that are NOT eligible are available to audiences in Canada: television broadcast, VOD, pay per view, and available for purchase/download. Films that have screened theatrically in Edmonton to the general public before EIFF are also ineligible.
Fewer than 100 film festivals – in the world – are honored to be chosen as OSCAR® Qualifying. This means that films which win our BEST ANIMATED SHORT and BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT awards are eligible for OSCAR® consideration, without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. Winning filmmakers receive an ‘official award letter’ from EIFF. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will post their own Call For Entries (submission is typically early October) and it is up to the filmmaker to submit his/her film to AMPAS.
You live in Alberta. OR. You grew up in Alberta and have moved away. You’re considered an ALBERTA Filmmaker and are eligible for a DISCOUNTED submission fee. Submit to the ALBERTA Filmmaker category. If you are both an ALBERTA and ALUMNI Filmmaker, follow instructions for submitting as an ALUMNI (below).
Filmmakers who have a Producer, Director, Actor or Writer credit on a film that screened at EIFF in previous years – we heart you – are considered ALUMNI and eligible for a fee WAIVER. Send an email with the TITLE of your film and the YEAR it screened at EIFF to: alumni@edmontonfilmfest.com.
Absolutely! If your film is a better ‘fit’ in a category OTHER than the one you submitted to, or if you submitted to the incorrect category, we will automatically ensure your ‘cinematic baby’ is moved to the proper category. Don’t stress!
No. Entry fees are non-refundable and the fees listed are per entry.
All accepted and non-accepted entrants will be notified of their selection status on or before JULY 15, via e-mail notification through your online submission tool.
We accept films in every language. All films with NON-English dialogue must have English subtitles.
NO FEE WAIVERS will be considered. Don’t e-mail us, don’t phone us, don’t hunt us down on the streets — we’ve worked very hard to create an affordable submission system that offsets a (very) small portion of our costs. Trust us… filmmaker submission fees are not a revenue generator for ANY fest.
All submissions are screened and evaluated by EIFF Preview and Selection Committees. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential.
ALL filmmakers are invited and we totally wish we could cover everyone’s flight and hotel rooms, but we just don’t have the resources.

SPONSORS… LISTEN UP! So. At the very minimum, we can offer complimentary festival passes and/or tickets to your screening/s.

Complimentary Festival Passes and single tickets are available to attending filmmakers. Quantities are dependent on film length, category and based on availability. EIFF representatives will communicate this information to filmmakers upon acceptance of film/s.
Once a film is accepted, every attempt will be made by EIFF organizers to exhibit your film on the preferred exhibition format. However, due to budget and our movie venues, we can only EXHIBIT the following formats:
FEATURE Films: DCP and BluRay (with NTSC DVD back-up)
SHORT Films are ‘packaged’ as feature-length short film programs and exhibited on a BluRay. Electronic file format: H.264 or .mp4. 1920 x 1080. 23.98fps.
To allow for time to test and inspect exhibition copies, EIFF must receive your EXHIBITION copy by:
SHORT FILMS – August 1
FEATURE FILMS – September 15
EIFF requires a maximum of three (3) public screenings of the film
Each year our Juries acknowledge outstanding films in a variety of categories, including the BIG DADDY AWARD for Best Family Film, the WEDGIE AWARD for Best Comedy, EAT MY SHORT AWARD for Best Food Film, The SNOW! MAN AWARD, Canadian Feature Film Award, International Feature, Documentary and Short Film Awards and, of course, Audience Choice Awards.

As an OSCAR® Qualifying Festival (Short Films), the Grand Jury Award winners in our Short Film categories – LIVE ACTION and ANIMATION – will be eligible for ACADEMY AWARDS® consideration, without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

SPONSORS… LISTEN UP! We don’t have vaults of cash to pass on to our award winners, but know that all of our filmmakers – submitters, ‘official selections’, award-winners, films we weren’t able to program – have our endless respect and admiration. It’s easy to talk about making a film. You cats did it! And for that, we heart you.

Should the jury determine that no film was outstanding in an award category, NO award will be presented.

Of course. Please include one (1) DVD (NTSC or PAL). Mark your submission DVD with: Title | Run Time | Submission # | E-mail. Include payment only if you have not paid online. But why would you do this? Online submissions are so, so easy and help reduce everyone’s carbon footprint.

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If you’d like your preview copy returned, include a self-addressed, stamped mailing package. Screeners will otherwise not be returned.