34th Edmonton International Film Festival

EIFF // Edmonton International Film Festival

35th edition

Sep 24 - Oct 03, 2021
Estimated
Edmonton, Canada

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Children, Docu-feature, Documentary, Narrative fiction
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Biography, Burlesque, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Environmental, Family, Foreign, Hip Hop, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, Mystery, Nature, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Social issues, Sports, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, Western

Mission / description MAY 19, 2020 | COVID-19 UPDATE!
EIFF is slated for the end of September and at this point, we are proceeding with a ‘business as usual’ mindset. CALL FOR ENTRIES is now CLOSED for the 2020 fest and selection committees are adjudicating entries. Filmmakers will be NOTIFIED by JULY 15 through the FilmFestivalLife E-MAIL portal. As this carpet ride continues, let’s try to find the ‘magic’ of it all. Be well!

The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) is a truly unique festival that champions the bold and challenges the status quo. It is equal parts creative, demanding, celebratory, discriminating and, in the end, just a hell of a lot of fun.

SHORT FILMMAKERS... EIFF is your final OSCAR® qualifying festival of the year! We announce the two (2) OSCAR® qualifying short films in the LIVE ACTION and ANIMATION categories on SUNDAY, Sept. 27. The submission deadline to AMPAS (The Academy) is 5pm PT on THURSDAY, Oct. 1.

So who are we? In 2003, our love for film and filmMAKERS -- cinematic storytellers -- led us to the curtains of Edmonton's International Film Festival (or LOCAL HEROES as it was known back then) because 'how hard can it be?' The festival was just shy of 20 years young at that time. All of us here in EIFF land had real gigs -- film production, freelancing, broadcast, journalism, raising goats. All of us still do those things, but very part-time now. This thing, this film festival, is certainly outgrowing its tiny budget. We come from production, so when you tell us your film is a rough cut, temp audio and no color correct, we understand that! And we are passionate. We love films, and the people who MAKE them. So much so, that when you have a film screen here, you become part of our family. And for the record, it's a whole lot harder than we imagined!

Our primary objective is to encourage and support the appreciation of cinema as art. Each autumn, we hoist the curtains on a 10-day cinematic feast that celebrates the power of film. The EIFF menu consists of more than 150 films from 40 countries, ranging from short to feature-length, dramatic to documentary, comedy to gut-wrenching and studio to independent. And we sprinkle it all with 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, parties (of course!) and more.

This gem of a festival from the plains of Alberta gives voice, platform and opportunity to filmmakers at all stages of their creative journey and from all parts of the world. Edmonton is North America's northernmost metropolis and is a proud outlier when it comes to art and culture. 'E-Town' does its own thing. It's home to some of the best festivals anywhere and is a favourite with artists of all stripes. EIFF is one of those events that not only puts Northern Alberta on the map -- it hotly brands it!

WHO ATTENDS? Over the years, we've had the pleasure of hosting: John Waters, Norman Jewison, Cory Bowles, Academy Award© winner Brenda Fricker, Deepa Mehta, Arthur Hiller, Werner Herzog, Paul Gross, Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis, Don McKellar, Albert Maysles, Jon Cryer, Bruce McDonald, Patrick Warburton, Rita Chiarelli, Shea Whigham, Jesse James Miller, Kris Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer, Academy Award© winner, Luke Matheny... the list goes on! And countless emerging filmmakers, actors, writers and producers.

“I was honoured to be a juror at EIFF and I shared in the excitement of discovering new voices and visions. EIFF is more important than ever to the citizens and City of Edmonton. It is truly an international festival that doesn’t forget its local, indigenous and regional roots.”
- Carolyn B. (Canada)

At the end of the day, once the curtains close for the final time each year -- EIFF is about the power of film! And how it brings us all together in a way that only ART can. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Submit NOW and become part of Alberta's longest running international film festival.
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Festival website http://www.edmontonfilmfest.com

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Rating Summary

Overall

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Atmosphere / Experience
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Industry Connectivity
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Quality of films
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Quality of screening
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Value for money
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Service/Guest Relations
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Special Activities
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whitebuffalofilms attended with Hastings Street in 2014

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No additional comment andrew Around 6 years ago

EIFF attended as a guest in 2013

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This is a festival about FILMS and the PEOPLE who make them! A filmmaker friendly festival. Huge audiences to the short film packages -- often larger than the feature film screenings -- a 24-hour filmmaking competish, films for students... crazy busy! The fest opened with a music doc, MUSCLE SHOALS and a rockin' after party with THE LENT BROTHERS BAND, and finished with a double-header for the Closing Night Gala -- including the OSCAR nominated, BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN (Belgium). Kerrie Around 7 years ago