We believe that every film, regardless of length, genre, with or without distribution (the list goes on), deserves an award… just for the sheer fact that these films got made. And that we are able to see them! But. Guess that’s what they call a ‘first world problem’.

EIFF juries choose awards for films that do not have distribution at the time of the festival. Easier. And harder. All at the same time. Jury Award winners in the SHORT FILM: LIVE ACTION and SHORT FILM: ANIMATION categories move forward to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for OSCAR® consideration.

Awards categories include:
FEATURES (Dramatic): Best International, Best Canadian and Best Alberta
FEATURES (Documentary): Best International, Best Canadian and Best Alberta
SHORT FILMS: Best Live Action, Best Animation, Best Documentary and Best Alberta

Additional Awards:
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

Every film (all lengths) is in contention for the coveted Audience Choice Award, voted by EIFF audiences. Does this prize come with a massive cash award, generously contributed by a movie-loving sponsor? Not at this time, but know that we keep working on that! Winners announced October 15th.

THE BIG DADDY: FAMILY FILM AWARD

Narrative and documentary features and shorts are in competition for the prestigious Family Film Award. Edmonton has a respected reputation as the greatest Canadian city to raise kids. Our audiences look for every opportunity to expose young people from across northern Alberta to culture and interesting outlooks on life. This Award is chosen by the EIFF programming team.


THE BOBBY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

In March, 2012, Bob (Robert) Riddell embarked on his road trip to the stars. And, as always, the lighting was perfect. There are no words to describe Bobby – he loved and was loved. An extraordinary cinematographer based in Edmonton, Alberta, he FILMed projects of every genre, across Canada and around the world for nearly 50 years! With the blessing of the Riddell family, EIFF is privileged to present this Award in honor of our beautiful friend and to recognize and inspire our next generation of DPs and Cinematographers. Short and feature length films WITHOUT DISTRIBUTION are in competition for THE BOBBY!

THE WEDGIE AWARD FOR COMEDY 

We’re so f*#king cold up here that LAUGHING is the one thing that keeps us warm. Oh, and sex of course. Make us laugh, make us cry laughing… our programming team will choose their favorite COMEDY film or stand-out comedic actor from all submission categories. We hope you’ll accept our humble adoration. Oh. And a wedgie. Of course!