WILL EIFF CONSIDER FEE WAIVERS?. ONLY to ALUMNI Filmmakers!
We feel cold-hearted just writing this. NO FEE WAIVERS (aside from ALUMNI) 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.
We realize this means we will likely miss out on a lot of fantastic stories, but know that this decision was very carefully evaluated and is supported by our executive.
…WHAT FORMATS ARE YOU ABLE TO EXHIBIT?
Our theatre venues are professional year-round cinemas with CHRISTIE and BARCO projectors, and DOREMI servers.
EXHIBITION/Projection formats are:
FEATURE Films: DCP and BluRay (with NTSC DVD back-up)
SHORT Films are ‘packaged’ as feature-length short film programs and exhibited on a BluRay. Electronic file format: H.264 or .mp4. 1920 x 1080. 23.98fps.
Whatever the genre, we’re looking for films from all corners of the globe that have strong STORIES. Movies that make you question your own values; move you in some mysterious way; or make you laugh out loud. We are also uber-interested in Music Documentaries, FOOD on Films, Spoken Word and filmmakers who are changing how we consume our cinema.
No. We’re looking for contemporary cinema. Films must have been produced within 20 months of the festival dates in September, and AFTER January 1 the year prior. As an example, if you’re submitting to the 2020 festival, your film must be completed after January 1, 2019.
Our priority is to program films (of all lengths) that have exclusive, EDMONTON premiere status. Edmonton is the capital City of Alberta, Canada. Films which have had a theatrical screening in Edmonton, OPEN to the general public, are not eligible for consideration. A cast & crew screening which is private and closed to the general public, does not disqualify a film, but preference will be given to premieres.
Yes. Projects that are available to the public — in CANADA — prior to EIFF are NOT eligible. This includes: television broadcast, VOD, pay per view, iTunes, YouTube, and platforms which are available for customers to purchase/download your project. Films that have screened theatrically in Edmonton to the general public before EIFF are also ineligible.
Fewer than 100 film festivals – in the world – are honored to be chosen as OSCAR® Qualifying for Short Films. Jurors select our GRAND JURY Awards in the LIVE ACTION and ANIMATION short film categories, which become eligible for OSCAR® consideration without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
SHORT FILMMAKERS… EIFF is your final OSCAR® Qualifying Festival of the year! We announce the two (2) OSCAR® qualifying films in the LIVE ACTION and ANIMATION categories on SATURDAY, Sept. 29. The application deadline to AMPAS (The Academy) is 5pm PT on MONDAY, Sept. 31
You live in Alberta. OR. You grew up in Alberta and have moved away. You’re considered an ALBERTA Filmmaker and are eligible for a DISCOUNTED submission fee. Submit to the ALBERTA Filmmaker category. If you are both an ALBERTA and ALUMNI Filmmaker, follow instructions for submitting as an ALUMNI (below).
Filmmakers who have a Producer, Director, Actor or Writer credit on a film that screened at EIFF in the past 5 years (2015-2019) previous years are considered ALUMNI and eligible for a FULL FEE WAIVER. Send an email with the TITLE of your film and the YEAR it screened at EIFF to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our people will then send a WAIVER CODE to your people! Let’s do lunch
Absolutely! 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!
We accept films in every language. All films with NON-English dialogue must have English subtitles.
All submissions are screened and evaluated by EIFF Preview and Selection Committees. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential.
ALL filmmakers are invited and we totally wish we could cover everyone’s flight and hotel rooms, but we just don’t have the resources.
SPONSORS… LISTEN UP! So. At the very minimum, we can offer complimentary festival passes and/or tickets to your screening/s.
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.
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
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Each year our programmers and jurors acknowledge outstanding, independent films — feature, short and documentary — in a variety of categories. Some are tried, true, and traditional — Canadian Feature Film, International Feature, Documentary and Short Film Awards and, of course, Audience Choice awards.
Others, not so traditional. If a project pops our corn in an unusual way, and jurors are passionate, we will consider creating an Award for it! Over the years we have presented EIFF love in support of… the BIG DADDY AWARD for Family Film, the WEDGIE AWARD for Comedy, EAT MY SHORT AWARD for Tastiest Food Film, The SNOW! MAN AWARD, well, for a film that featured the cold, white stuff (that falls from the sky, of course) and the LATE NIGHT SQUEAM Award for Outstanding Cringer!
Should the jury determine that no film was outstanding in an award category, NO award will be presented.
We don’t have vaults of cash to pass on to our award winners, but know that all of our filmmakers – submitters, ‘official selections’, award-winners, films we weren’t able to program – have our endless respect and admiration. It’s easy to talk about making a film. You cats did it! And for that, we heart you.
Of course. Please include one (1) DVD (NTSC or PAL). Mark your submission DVD with: Title | Run Time | Submission # | E-mail. Include payment only if you have not paid online. But why would you do this? Online submissions are so, so easy and help reduce everyone’s carbon footprint.
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