NWF // Global Visions Festival

35th edition

May 05 - May 14, 2021
Edmonton, Canada

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Children, Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Multimedia, Music video, Series, Student, TV, Web
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short
Genre Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, Biography, Crime, Culture, Dance, Environmental, Family, Foreign, History, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Mockumentary, Music, Mystery, Nature, News, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Science, Social issues, Spiritual, Transgender

Mission / description NORTHWESTFEST (formerly 'Global Visions Festival') is Canada’s longest running non-fiction film & arts festival. In May 2016, join us for the newly re-branded NORTHWESTFEST, where Western Canada's premiere non-fiction festival will present the hottest, most talked-about new documentaries from around the world.

NORTHWESTFEST take place over 10 days each May, kicking off Edmonton's summer festival season. We are proud to present the latest and greatest documentaries on the planet, with a focus on Canadian and Alberta artists and filmmakers. Programming streams include LOCAL VIsions (Alberta films), MAPLE Visions (Canadian films), GLOBAL Visions (International films), SOUND & Visions (Music Docs), RETRO Visions (retrospective screenings), RAINBOW Visions (LGBTQ), and much more! As we have done throughout the festival's 30+-year history, we are pleased to waive submission fees for Alberta filmmakers.

Join us also for numerous Special Event Screenings, panels, industry events, live music showcases, and much more!
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Class Founded: 1983
Festival category: C (national relevance, national player)
Dates Open call: Oct 01, 2015

Early bird deadline: Dec 04, 2015
Regular deadline: Jan 31, 2016
Late deadline: Feb 14, 2016

Notification date: Mar 31, 2016

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Fees Fees range from 0.00 to 60.00 USD . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 1,500.00 USD
Other prizes: Goods & Services
Festival sections
FUTURE Visions
Emerging filmmakers
GLOBAL Visions
International Films (includes films from the USA)
LOCAL Visions
Made in Alberta films
MAPLE Visions
Made in Canada films
NIGHT Visions
Late Shows
Films with an LGBT focus
RETRO Visions
SOUND and Visions
Music Docs
VISION Statements
Premiere Screenings / Films in Competition
Specials Workshops, Panels
General rules In our ongoing efforts to stay green, film submissions are accepted ONLINE ONLY. No DVD screeners will be accepted.

2016 NORTHWESTFEST Submission Regulations and Guidelines

Participation in NORTHWESTFEST implies understanding and acceptance of the following Guidelines and Regulations. Filmmakers are responsible for the accuracy of all submitted materials.

Important Dates

December 24, 2015: Early bird pricing deadline

Regular Submission Deadline: January 31, 2016

Extended Submission Deadline: February 14, 2016

March 31, 2016 Notification of Official Selections

April 15, 2016 Deadline for receipt of exhibition prints (unless otherwise arranged with programming)

May 4, 2016 NORTHWESTFEST Opening Night

May 15, 2015: NORTHWESTFEST Closing Night & Awards Presentation

*Please note The Festival will not view entries received after the Submission Deadline.


NORTHWESTFEST accepts submissions of documentaries and docudramas of all lengths for inclusion in the festival.

Requirements for eligibility for 2016 selection:

The film was completed after May 1, 2014, and was not previously submitted to NWF.
All applicable licenses and waivers of copyrights, moral rights, trademarks and other such intellectual property rights have been secured by the filmmaker(s)
All applicable legal waivers have been obtained from all participants
Exhibition print(s) will be complete and available for screening in Edmonton between May 4 - 15, 2016
Exhibition print must be available on DCP or Blu-Ray.
Feature length preview screeners accepted as secure online links ONLY
Short film preview screeners are accepted as secure online links ONLY
Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English
Shipping/mailing costs must be pre-paid, and insurance is recommended
Submission packages must be post-marked with all applicable fees and enclosures by the deadline
PRIORITY will be given to films that have not screened in Edmonton before NWF, either theatrically or broadcast, and not available online for public viewing.

Early bird Deadline of December 4, 2015:

Feature length films 70min and up – $40

Mid – length films 21min – 69min -$25

Short films 20min and under – $15

Regular Deadline January 31, 2016:

Feature length films 70min and up – $45

Mid – length Short films 21min – 69min -$30

Short films 20min and under – $20

EXTENDED Late Deadline February 04, 2016:

Feature length films 70min and up – $65

Mid – length Short films 21min – 69min -$40

Short films 20min and under – $25

Global Visions Film Festival is pleased to WAIVE FEES FOR ALL ALBERTA submissions. Proof must be provided for the following criteria used to determine eligibility:

Albertan location, resident Albertan Writer, resident Albertan Producer, resident Albertan Director, Albertan funding source (with supporting documentation/letter)

*Pre entry submission fees are non-refundable.

Preference will be given to submissions that have not been distributed/screened theatrically or broadcast on television in Alberta prior to the 2016 Festival. All submissions are screened and evaluated by the NWF Programming Committee. Designation of a selected film’s exhibition date(s), time(s), and location(s) is at the sole discretion of the Festival. The decisions of the Programmers are final. In addition, the entrant grants NWF the right to exhibit the selected film up to 2 times during the Festival, in addition to Press screenings (closed to the public).

Upon notification of selection, the entrant agrees to immediately supply NWF with publicity materials and grants the Festival the right to utilize such materials for promotional purposes and to broadcast and/or screen clips.

The following is a list of materials required for each film once accepted at the Festival:

• Electronic press kit

• Film poster(s), hand bills, or associated collateral for Box Office & Venue

• Select promotional clips and/or film trailer

• Online screening link for Press/Publicity

• (1) Blu-Ray or DVD backup, clean of watermarks and warnings, for projection backup

• (min. 3) High resolution promo images (min 300 dpi)

• Film website or trailer URL

Applicants will be notified by email regarding the results of the Festival’s selection process by March 31, 2016. Please do not contact the Programming Department regarding the status of your submission before that date.

Upon selection, participants will be contacted via email by Print Traffic with specific shipping instructions. Exhibition prints must arrive at the Festival office by April 15, 2016. Incoming shipping costs are the sole responsibility of the participant unless otherwise negotiated. Invited films must be shipped pre-paid, with all the necessary commercial invoices and customs paid, with return (or next festival) shipping information including the name of your preferred courier company and your account number.

Shipping of Exhibition Prints

Limitation of Liability and Indemnity Provisions

Although NWF will take every reasonable precaution for the safekeeping and proper handling of entry and exhibition materials, including the Exhibition Print(s), from the time of receipt to the time of release to the Applicant’s courier company or shipping agent, NWF shall not be liable to Applicant, his or her heirs, legal representatives, or dependents, or their respective assignees, for loss or damage to entry and exhibition materials arising out of the transportation to and from the Festival or the operations of NWF, its officers, directors, agents, successors and assigns.

Notwithstanding the above, NWF’s liability for claims, costs, losses, damages of any kind or any other cause, including but not limited to liability for any fundamental breach of this agreement or for patent or copyright infringement and regardless of the form of action, shall not exceed the fees paid hereunder for the submission to the Festival. The fees charged by NWF reflect the allocation of risk herein and the limited recourse to the Applicant provided for in this Agreement.

In addition, International participants should note that NWF will not assume responsibility for, nor will it accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage.

Finally, Applicant shall indemnify and hold NWF harmless of and from any and all claims, losses, liabilities (including negligence, tort and strict liability), damages, judgments, suits or legal proceedings, including court costs, expenses and reasonable attorneys’ fees, related to the use by NWF of the entry and exhibition materials, including but not limited to any claim that the Applicant’s entry and exhibition materials violates the intellectual property rights of another party.

Accepted formats for exhibition:
DCP, Blu-Ray.

For more information on submissions please contact: