29th Annual

Edmonton International Film Festival

October 01, 2015 to October 10, 2015


NARRATIVE SHORT (under 40-minutes)


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in Canadian Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
March 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 30.00 25.00
Student Fee 25.00 20.00
ALUMNI Filmmaker 25.00 20.00
Regular Deadline
April 30, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Student Fee 35.00 30.00
ALUMNI Filmmaker 35.00 30.00
WAB Extended Deadline
May 15, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 65.00 60.00
Student Fee 55.00 50.00
ALUMNI Filmmaker 55.00 50.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately July 30, 2015

Shorts: maximum 40 minutes

Projects completed after January 1, 2014

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

Projects must be a premiere in Edmonton

Project must not have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
Media Files
  Other - Digital
  .MOV (QuickTime)

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List


Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

The People's Choice Award
Every film (all lengths) is in contention for the coveted People's Choice Award, voted on by EIFF audiences. Ballots are tallied and winner announced at the Closing Night Gala After-Party!
Sponsor:In Production (we're workin' on it!)
Cash Award Value: 1,500 Canadian Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Grand Jury Prize for Short Film
This festival’s passion for short films and their filmMAKERS has resulted in more than a thousand short films being presented at EIFF in the past decade. This year’s Short Film Jury will duke it out again this year for their choice to reign as ‘The Best of the Best’!
Sponsor:In Production (we're workin' on it!)
Cash Award Value: 500 Canadian Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Canadian Short Film Award
The Canadian Short Film Award is chosen by the festival's short film jury. The 2014 prize went to director, Matthew Kowalchuk's BEDBUGS: A MUSICAL LOVE STORY, in 2013 winner of this award went to Fantavious Fritz for PARADISE FALLS. 2012 accolades went to Jeremy Ball for FROST.
Sponsor:In Production (we're workin' on it!)
This prize is shared with other categories.

Animated Short Film Award
Short Films (narrative, documentary or experimental) whose primary visual storytelling technique is a form of animation will be considered by the festival’s Short Film Jury for the prestigious Animated Short Film Award.
Sponsor:In Production (we're workin' on it!)
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Wedgie Award For Comedy
We're so f*#king cold up here that LAUGHING is the one thing that keeps us warm. Oh, and sex of course. Make us laugh, make us cry laughing... our programming team will choose their favorite COMEDY film from both feature-length and short films. We don't have, like, a real cash prize at the time of writing this. Hoping to secure a sponsor by festival time. If not, we hope you'll accept our humble adoration. And maybe a wedgie.
Sponsor:In Production (we're workin' on it!)
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Big Daddy: Family Film Award
Narrative and documentary features, shorts and lengths in-between are all in competition for the coveted Big Daddy. Edmonton has a respected reputation as the great Canadian city to raise kids. Our audiences look for every opportunity to expose Edmonton youth to culture and interesting outlooks on life. This Award is chosen by the EIFF programming team.
Sponsor:In Production (we're workin' on it!)
This prize is shared with other categories.

The Bobby Award for Excellence in Cinematography
In March, 2012, Bob (Robert) Riddell embarked on his road trip to the stars. And, as always, the lighting was perfect. There are no words to describe Bobby – he loved and was loved. An extraordinary cinematographer, he FILMed projects of every genre, across Canada and around the world for nearly 50 years! With the blessing of the Riddell family, EIFF is privileged to present this Award in honor of our beautiful friend and to recognize and inspire our next generation of DPs and Cinematographers.
Sponsor:The Bob Riddell Memorial Fund
Cash Award Value: 500 Canadian Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

LENGTH: Narrative Short film submissions may be fiction, animation or experimental and must be 40-minutes or less (including credits).

SUBMISSION/PREVIEW FORMAT: Please submit one (1) DVD (NTSC or PAL) or WAB Secure Online Screener (SOS) for preview purposes. No promotional materials required with submission. An electronic press kit will be required upon acceptance only.

SUBMITTING A VIMEO LINK: We're okay with this. You will need to include the LINK and PASSWORD in your WAB Cover Letter, then make sure the link does NOT expire prior to JULY 15.

EXHIBITION COPIES: For festival screenings, we are NOT able to exhibit digital files, Digi-Beta or 16mm. Upon acceptance, we will need to RECEIVE your exhibition copy by...
SHORT FILMS: August 15
FEATURE FILMS: September 15

BROADCAST: Projects that HAVE BEEN broadcast on television in Alberta (including NetFlix) are NOT eligible. Films that are available for PURCHASE or DOWNLOAD in Canada prior to the festival are also NOT eligible.

YOUTUBE or ONLINE? Our preference is to bring new cinema to Edmonton audiences -- films that are NOT available to the general public on YouTube, Vimeo and other online platforms. Upon acceptance, we will request that your film be temporarily removed from public online viewing until after EIFF (October 10).

PREMIERE STATUS: Priority is given to films which have NOT screened in Edmonton PRIOR to the festival -- this includes screenings that are ticketed or FREE and Cast & Crew screenings.

COMPLETION DATE: Preference is given to films completed after JANUARY 1, 2014.

ENTRY DEADLINE: All deadlines are POSTMARKED ONLY dates -- NOT the dates they need to be at the EIFF offices. If the DEADLINE date lands on a weekend or statutory holiday, we accept submissions postmarked on the next business day.

MAIL PACKAGE TO INCLUDE: One DVD (NTSC/PAL) screener of your film which is clearly labeled with Film Title, Length, WAB Tracking ID and Contact Information.

STUDENT FEE: If applying for the Student Fee amount, you MUST include a copy of your current Student ID with the submission copy.

ALUMNI FILMMAKERS have a PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, ACTOR or WRITER credit on a film (any length) that was an Official Selection at EIFF in any of the past 5 years (2010 to 2014). Submission fees are reduced for ALUMNI... our small way of saying 'Thank-you'! Please include the title of your Official Selection film and the year it was programmed at EIFF in your cover letter.

ALBERTA FILMMAKERS! You live here or grew up here, perhaps you hold a degree from an Alberta College or University. To qualify as an Alberta Filmmaker your WAB contact information must be an ALBERTA residence or your cover letter must include a brief explanation of your ties to Alberta. Submission fees are DISCOUNTED for ALBERTA Filmmakers.