Edmonton International Film Festival

EIFF // Edmonton International Film Festival

32nd edition

Sep 27 - Oct 06, 2018
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 An ACADEMY AWARDS® Qualifying Festival for short films and honored to be included in MovieMaker Magazine's TOP 50 FESTIVALS WORTH THE ENTRY FEE!

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 a of a lot of fun.

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!

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 as art. To achieve this, our mandate is to present the most outstanding, contemporary films produced from as many countries as possible. And we sprinkle it all with a generous dose of film maker 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. Films are selected on the basis of story, quality and originality.

SHAMELESS NAME DROPPING... Over the years, we've had the pleasure of hosting: John Waters, Norman Jewison, 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, Gabriel Sunday, 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 2017 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 Bennett (Canada), Juror

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, 2017

Early bird deadline: Mar 15, 2018
Regular deadline: May 15, 2018
Late deadline: Jun 01, 2018

Notification date: Jul 15, 2018

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Fees Fees range from 10.00 to 55.00 USD . See submission categories for details about fees. Submission through FFL is up to 5.11 USD cheaper than on other submission platforms for Film Plan subscribers.
Awards Total prize money: 2,500.00 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.
Lunchbox Shorts
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 LENGTH: Submissions may be fiction, documentary, or animation and each category is length-specific.

CATEGORIES: 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!

EIFF is an ACADEMY AWARDS® Qualifying Festival... This means that the films which win our BEST ANIMATED SHORT and BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT are eligible for OSCAR® consideration, without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

GENRES: Whatever the genre, we're looking for films with strong story lines. Movies that make you question your own values; move you in some mysterious way; or make you laugh out loud.

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

WHERE IN THE WORLD? Wherever you are on the globe, we're interested in your cinematic story. Canada is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and, as a city, Edmonton is rich with an incredible variety of peoples.

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

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

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: We prefer multiple submissions be submitted individually, however we can accommodate compilation DVDs and are able to offer a group submission discount (based on availability).

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

FEE WAIVERS: 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.

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.

PREMIERE/BROADCAST STATUS: Our priority is to program films (of all lengths) that have exclusive, EDMONTON premiere status. A cast & crew screening does not disqualify a film, but preference will be given to premieres.

• Broadcast in Canada prior to our festival dates
• Available for purchase in North America
• Available on iTunes and/or Video On Demand (VOD)

COMPLETION DATE: Priority is given to films completed after January 1, 2017 -- 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 FORMAT: For selection purposes, all PREVIEW copies must be submitted on DVD (NTSC or PAL) or by Secure Online Screener and be in English, or have English subtitles.

SECURE ONLINE SCREENER: If you’ve chosen to upload a secure, password protected video (VIMEO, etc.)... include the PASSWORD in your cover letter. Link cannot EXPIRE prior to JULY 15.

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: Submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail (thru the FilmFestivalLife website) upon receipt.

PLEASE. DO NOT SEND: 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.

PRIZES & AWARDS: Should the jury determine that no film was outstanding in an award category, NO award will be presented. EIFF reserves the right to modify the Cash and Goods/Services prizes as listed in the Categories -- as per sponsorship agreements.

NOTIFICATION: All accepted entrants will be notified on or before JULY 15, via e-mail. Filmmakers whose films are not selected to screen at EIFF will also be notified by this date through the FilmFestivalLife email system.

PASSES/TICKETS for FILMMAKERS: 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.

EXHIBITION FORMAT: 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
• SHORT Films: H264 or .mp4 files (1920 x 1080 | 23.98 fps)

RECEIPT OF EXHIBITION PRINT: 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

FILMMAKER FEEDBACK: Regrettably, we no longer provide filmmaker feedback as a routine part of our selection and notification process. We will consider E-MAIL (only) requests for feedback on a case by case basis after the festival dates and before December 1.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT: Entrant agrees to grant EIFF permission for accepted films and related marketing materials to be reproduced and distributed (in whole or in part) SOLELY for the purposes of jurying and promotion of the Festival.

LOSS and DAMAGE: EIFF will make every attempt to contact you if there is damage to an entry, but cannot be held responsible if your entry is not considered due to poorly recorded or unplayable media. Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials submitted while in EIFF’s possession, however we cannot accept or assume responsibility in the event of loss or damage.

SHIPPING (Submission Copies): Do not send masters or irreplaceable formats. Preview copies will not be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope is included with the submission. All shipping charges are the responsibility of the sender.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: The Customs Declaration should state "Festival Submission only - no commercial value". Mark value no higher than $10CDN. The Festival does NOT accept collect shipments or pay customs fees on inbound packages.

SHIPPING (Exhibition Copies): SHIPPING (Exhibition Copies): The cost of shipping the exhibition copy to EIFF must be paid by the entrant or preceding festival and EIFF is responsible for outbound shipping of FEATURE FILMS ONLY. We will return exhibition copies for SHORT FILMS, only when the filmmaker requests this and supplies a postage-paid return envelope.

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.

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.

Edmonton International Film Festival
#201, 10816A - 82 Avenue
T6E 2B3 Canada
Phone: +1.780.423.0844
Questions? E-mail: submissions@edmontonfilmfest.com



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 public showing of the film up to 3 times at the Festival
- a public showing of up to a 3-minute maximum of clips from the film in the media, on the EIFF website, at Festival premises, or in multimedia presentations.
- use of film stills in Festival's promotional materials (ie. catalogue, promotional flyers, website and/or multimedia presentations).