34th Edmonton International Film Festival

EIFF // Edmonton International Film Festival

34th edition

Sep 24 - Oct 03, 2020
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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Class Founded: 1986
Festival category: C (national relevance, national player)
Dates Open call: Dec 15, 2019

Early bird deadline: Mar 01, 2020
Regular deadline: Apr 30, 2020
Late deadline: May 15, 2020

Notification date: Aug 15, 2020

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Fees Fees range from 13.72 to 45.75 USD . See submission categories for details about fees. Submission through FFL is up to 4.25 USD cheaper than on other submission platforms for Film Plan subscribers.
Awards Total prize money: 500.00 USD
Other prizes: Audience Choice Award | Canadian Feature | International Feature | Best Documentary | Short Film Awards
Festival sections
Films for students of all ages that enlighten, engage and entertain. More than 1,500 students travel to the festival to see films produced outside of the 'Hollywood' system and SKYPE in the filmmakers for Q
FOOD Films
We're hungry for films -- dramatic and documentary -- that feature food. Creating it, growing it, playing with it... tantalize us! All lengths are welcome. The films, we mean. The length of the FILMS. Not your hot dog.
45-minute short film packages created for the downtown business crowd and Jr./Sr. High School students, with an emphasis on COMEDY and SATIRE. Typically, each package contains 5-6 shorts.
All lengths. Snow. The white, fluffy stuff that falls from the sky. It builds character. And is the reason our first sentence after "How are you?" is "Cold enough for ya?". We KNOW snow in Canada and want to see how filmmakers from other, wintery countries embrace it -- or not! Show us your SNOW, MAN.
General rules Films must have been completed after January 1, 2019 and be an EDMONTON Premiere at festival time (September, 2020). Edmonton is our CITY in Alberta (our province) in Canada. So all we require is a CITY premiere.

ENTRY FEES: Submission fees are non-refundable and the fees listed are per entry, in U.S. dollars.

FEE WAIVERS: Aside from ALUMNI Filmmakers, 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. EIFF is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. Much like most filmmakers. We feel you!

FEATURE Films - DCP and/or BluRay
SHORT Films - H264 or .mp4 files (1920 x 1080 | 23.98 fps), delivered electronically

CAN I SUBMIT IF MY FILM IS AVAILABLE ONLINE? Your short film is available publicly on Vimeo and/or YouTube? You can still submit as long as your film was completed after January 1, 2019.

ALBERTA FILMMAKER CATEGORY: Submit your film and INCLUDE an Alberta mailing address; or for filmmakers who no longer live here but have Alberta roots (ie. you grew up here, you attended school or shot your film here), please explain your Alberta-ness in your submission cover letter.

ALUMNI FILMMAKERS: You had a film programmed at EIFF in the past 5 years (2015-2019)? That makes you ALUMNI, and eligible for a FULL FEE WAIVER! Blast an e-mail to submissions@edmontonfilmfest.com -- include the TITLE of your film and the YEAR it screened at EIFF -- our people will talk to your people and E-Mail a WAIVER CODE.

YOU'RE an ALBERTA Filmmaker AND an ALUMNI? Rock. Star! We still need you to submit in the ALBERTA category, simply because we are required to track and report our Alberta'ness to select funding organizations. So go ahead and e-mail a request for ALUMNI filmmaker WAIVER Code: submissions@edmontonfilmfest.com.

SUBMIT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE! Submitting early not only allows time for proper and thoughtful adjudication, but also guarantees you won’t miss the final deadline. No late submissions will be considered at all. Seriously!

LENGTH: Submissions may be fiction, documentary, or animation and each category is length-specific.

LANGUAGE: All films with non-English dialogue must have ENGLISH subtitles.

COPYRIGHT: Filmmaker is responsible for securing all copyright clearances and music rights.

WORKS IN PROGRESS: EIFF does not accept trailers or rough assemblies but will accept work-in-progress cuts (picture lock with temp sound, color, etc.). Please be aware that EIFF will not view multiple updates/versions of your film for programming consideration.

• Films with a public, theatrical screening in EDMONTON prior to EIFF dates
• Available for PURCHASE/DOWNLOAD in North America
• Available on iTunes and/or Video On Demand (VOD)

COMPLETION DATE: Priority is given to films completed after January 1, 2019 -- and not previously submitted to EIFF. Films previously submitted to EIFF will ONLY be considered if there are substantial, creative changes to the project.

SUBMISSION CONTACT: The submitter shall be either a producer, director or authorized agent of the film. All communication will be sent to the person submitting.

CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT: Once a submission is received, EIFF organizers will change the status of your film in the Film Festival Life online management tool and you will be automatically notified.

PRESS KITS: In keeping with our effort to become a carbon neutral festival, we request that you DO NOT SEND press kits, photo stills, or any other publicity materials. We will request these materials at a later date, once your film is accepted.

SELECTION PROCESS: All submissions are screened and evaluated by EIFF Preview and Selection Committees. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential. Online notification date for Official Selection status is JULY 15th.

ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL: We are able to support visiting, “Official Selection” filmmakers with complimentary festival passes, additional tickets and airport shuttles. Once you receive your ACCEPTANCE e-mail (by JUNE 30), we will confirm what goods we can help with. We want you here! We just don't have the dough to shower you in champagne -- you do deserve it!

RECEIPT OF EXHIBITION FILE/DRIVE: To allow for time to package and/or test and inspect exhibition copies, EIFF must receive your EXHIBITION copy by…
• SHORT FILMS: August 1
• FEATURE FILMS: September 15

FEATURE FILMS - SHIPPING: The cost of shipping the exhibition copy to EIFF must be paid by the entrant or the festival BEFORE us, and EIFF will pay for OUTBOUND shipping (FedEx).

PLEASE NOTE: While we make every effort to follow screening times as posted in the festival program guide, EIFF cannot be held accountable for changes to the schedule after festival line-up is announced.

ACCEPTANCE: Submitting a film to the EIFF and accepting an offer for participation will be considered an approval of the film's copyright holder in accordance with the terms of these Regulations.

Once a film has been selected and an invitation to participate at the Edmonton International Film Festival is accepted, we trust that the filmmaker will not withdraw their film from the festival program. But we can’t stop you. Please understand that we put a lot of energy and passion into crafting a compelling programme. EIFF reserves the right to withdraw an ACCEPTED entry when circumstance arise that are beyond our control (ie. operating revenues decline suddenly, or a theatre is no longer available, etc.)

I understand and agree that my film entry, if selected for the Festival, may be used for promotional purposes for the EIFF and I grant EIFF organizers approval for:
• A maximum of three (3) public screenings of the film at EIFF.
• A public showing of up to a 2-min. maximum of clips from the film for media/promotional purposes.
• Up to two (2) PRIVATE screenings of your film to Media and Jurors.
• Use of film stills in Festival’s promotional materials (ie. program guide, promotional materials, website and/or multimedia presentations).