Earlybird Deadline: MARCH 1 • Regular Deadline: APRIL 30 • Late Deadline: MAY 15 Filmmakers NOTIFIED by: JUNE 30

From December to May, we accept film submissions and are looking for films of ALL lengths and in all genres, produced AFTER January 1st of the previous Festival edition year — so, if you’re submitting to the 2020 festival, films must have been produced after January, 2019.

We require EDMONTON Premiere status only.  SUBMIT your ‘cinematic baby’ to Alberta’s original international film festival.  EIFF only accepts films submitted online, through our submission partners.

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 or before SUNDAY, Sept. 27. The application deadline to AMPAS (The Academy) is 5pm PT on THURSDAY, Oct. 1.

Choose from these online submission platforms:


A Canadian company, nestled in Vancouver — quite possibly the future home of Megan & Harry — FILMFREEWAY offers services fit for royalty… free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. FILMFREEWAY operates on commission and retains a portion of your submission fee. SUBMIT


Located in Berlin, FILM FESTIVAL LIFE connects filmmakers and festivals across the globe. With monthly subscriptions and pro accounts FILM FESTIVAL LIFE offers a diversity of submission strategies. Join the platform where award-winning filmmakers and quality festivals meet. A portion of your submission fee supports FFLife. SUBMIT


Based in London, FESTHOME is a new way of submitting film submissions for filmmakers, giving you the ability to quickly submit to thousands of festivals worldwide. FESTHOME operates on commission and retains a portion of your submission fee. SUBMIT

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES: Submission Fees are in US dollars March
DRAMATIC FEATURE | 41-minutes & longer $40 $50 $65
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | 41-minutes & longer $40 $50 $65
Qualify for OSCAR® consideration $25 $35 $50
DOCUMENTARY SHORT  | 40-minutes or less $25 $35 $50
ALBERTA Filmmakers  | All lengths $15 $25 $40

ALBERTA Filmmakers: Please provide in your cover letter:
– Your 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 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! Click us an E-MAIL with the TITLE of your film and the YEAR it screened at EIFF — our people will talk to your people and E-MAIL you back with 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 have to track and report our Alberta’ness to select funding organizations. So go ahead and E-MAIL a request for ALUMNI filmmaker WAIVER Code.