32nd Annual

Edmonton International Film Festival

September 27, 2018 to October 06, 2018

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NARRATIVE FEATURE (41-mins. & longer)
NARRATIVE FEATURE films are dramatic, live-action and animated stories, from Canada and around the world. We're looking for films that engage, enlighten and entertain in ALL genres -- thriller, comedy, and even the darker, tougher stuff. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017 and be an EDMONTON Premiere at festival time.

Genres our audiences dig MOST are: COMEDY | SPORTS (yes... we are Hockey Town) | FAMILY/CHILDREN | Films about FOOD | MUSIC Docs & Dramas | FINE ARTS | LGBTQ | MOUNTAIN culture | Movies with SNOW (man!) | WORLD Cinema | and everything with a connection to Canada, Alberta and Edmonton.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (41-mins. & longer)
Documentary filmmaking continues to grow in popularity, and our audiences love 'em. We're looking for live-action and animated documentaries that are passionate, provocative, life-affirming – stories that get audiences talking! Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017 and be an EDMONTON Premiere at festival time.

Past festival favourites: FACES, PLACES (France), THE POET OF HAVANA (Canada), THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (Mongolia), GLEN CAMPBELL: I'LL BE ME (USA), THE GOOD SON (Canada), SPINNING PLATES (USA), MUSCLE SHOALS (USA), A FILM ABOUT KIDS AND MUSIC (Spain) -- just to name a few!
SHORT FILM : LIVE ACTION (40-mins. or less)
WE LOVE SHORT FILMS! LOVE 'EM! And we're looking for stories that inspire, engage and entertain. Selected films will showcase 'excellence in storytelling'. We accept short, live action films in all genres, including (but not limited to): family, comedy, thriller, spoken word/poetry, film noir, western, anything to do with SNOW and FOOD... the list goes on. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016 and be an EDMONTON Premiere at festival time.

And as an ACADEMY AWARDS® Qualifying Festival, winning our jury Award for BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM means your short qualifies to compete for an OSCAR®, without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
SHORT FILM : ANIMATION (40-mins. or less)
We are looking for all kinds of fascinating, animated stories that teach us, motivate us, or take us to a place that we might never have gone. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017 and be an EDMONTON Premiere at festival time.

And as an ACADEMY AWARDS® Qualifying Festival, winning our jury Award for BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM means your short qualifies to compete for an OSCAR®, without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.
SHORT FILM : DOCUMENTARY (40-mins. or less)
We are looking for all kinds of fascinating documentary stories that teach us, motivate us, make us LAUGH! and/or CRY!, or show us a new perspective on the world. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017 and be an EDMONTON Premiere at festival time.

Over the years we’ve programmed compelling short documentaries such as GOOD KARMA $1, ALL AMERICAN FAMILY, SIMPLY ROB, I AM GIRL... films that stay with us no matter how much time goes by.
ALBERTA FILMMAKER (all lengths)
What's goin' on in our STUDIO, eh? If living in Alberta, submitter must provide an Alberta mailing address. Filmmakers who have Alberta roots, but no longer live here (ie. you grew up here, you attended school or shot your film here), please explain your Alberta-ness in your submission cover letter.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Submit your ‘cinematic baby’ for consideration at this year’s kickin’ EIFF… an OSCAR® Qualifying Festival and honored to be included in MovieMaker Magazine’s “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”.

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 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, and more. Films are selected on the basis of story, quality and originality. Preference is given to EDMONTON premieres.

As an OSCAR® Qualifying Festival (Short Films), the Grand Jury Award winners in our Short Film categories -- LIVE ACTION and ANIMATION only -- will be eligible for ACADEMY AWARDS® consideration, without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

Submit NOW and become a part of Alberta's ORIGINAL International film festival!

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Located just a couple of hours from the majestic Rocky Mountains, Edmonton is THE heart of the Canadian Prairies, the largest northern city in North America. Each autumn, we hoist the curtains on a cinematic feast that celebrates the power of film. The menu consists of more than 150 films from 50+ countries, ranging from short to feature-length, dramatic to documentary, comedy to gut-wrenching and studio to independent.
Our primary objective is to encourage and support the appreciation of cinema as art. Each autumn, we hoist the curtains on a 10-day cinematic feast that celebrates the power of film. The EIFF menu consists of more than 150 films from 40 countries, ranging from short to feature-length, dramatic to documentary, comedy to gut-wrenching and studio to independent. And we sprinkle it all with a generous dose of filmmaker 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.

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!

WHO ATTENDS? Over the years, we've had the pleasure of hosting: John Waters, Norman Jewison, Cory Bowles, 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, 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 of Alberta and the 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.

ORGANIZERS

Kailla MacLellan; Kailla MacLellan (Prod. Coordinator & Filmmaker Liaison); Kerrie Long (Festival Producer); Kerrie Long (Festival Producer)

GENERAL RULES

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017 and be an EDMONTON Premiere at festival time. EIFF does not accept films which are available on television, VOD, YouTube, Vimeo, or films which have been screened theatrically in Edmonton prior to festival dates (Sept. 27 to Oct. 6, 2018).

EIFF is an ACADEMY AWARDS® Qualifying Festival. This means that films which win our GRAND JURY AWARD for Best Short Film – Live Action and Animation – are eligible for OSCAR® consideration, without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

ALBERTA FILMMAKERS: For nearly 30 years, our festival has WAIVED submission fees for Alberta filmmakers. There was no financial incentive for us to do this. We did so completely as a gesture of love for our own filmmaking community. As of 2015, ALBERTA filmmakers are eligible for a DISCOUNT. Please submit to the ALBERTA Filmmaker category (all lengths).

ALUMNI: Filmmakers who have a Producer, Director, Actor or Writer credit on a film that screened at EIFF in previous years – we heart you – are considered ALUMNI and eligible for a DISCOUNT. To receive your ALUMNI discount CODE, please send an email with the TITLE of your film and the YEAR it screened at EIFF to: alumni@edmontonfilmfest.com.

ALBERTA FILMMAKER and ALUMNI? Many of you are BOTH Alberta and Alumni. Please follow instructions (above) for ALUMNI and send us an e-mail request for ALUMNI discount CODE.

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

LENGTH: Submissions may be fiction, documentary, or animation and each category is length-specific.

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

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!

WHERE IN THE WORLD? Wherever you are on the planet, we're interested in your cinematic story. Canada is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and, Edmonton is rich with an incredible variety of peoples, all longing to share stories from home with their communities and neighbours.

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. Genres include (but are not limited to): World Cinema, Oh! Canada, American Indie, Documentaries, Family Films, Late Night Squeam and Short Films.

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

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

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: You have more than two (2) projects to submit? Send us an email and we can consider a multiple submission/group discount. Subject to availability, of course. E-mail: submissions@edmontonfilmfest.com

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. EIFF is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. Much like most filmmakers. We feel you!

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 STATUS: EDMONTON premiere status is required.

INELIGIBLE PROJECTS are:
• Films with a public, theatrical screening in Edmonton prior to EIFF dates
• Broadcast in Canada prior to EIFF dates
• Available for purchase in North America
• Available on iTunes, YouTube 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 CONTACT: The submitter shall be either a producer, director or authorized agent of the film. All communication will be sent to the person submitting.

RETURN OF SUBMISSION DIVD: If you sent us a DVD submission (rather than an online submission) and you’d like it returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped mailing envelope. But why would you do this? Online submissions are so, so easy and help reduce our carbon footprint!

CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT: Once a submission is received, EIFF organizers will change the status of your film in the online management tool and you will be automatically notified.

PRESS KITS: 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.

ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL: We do our best to support visiting, “Official Selection” filmmakers with complimentary tickets, airport shuttles, festival passes and accommodation – all is dependent on our fundraising and sponsorship efforts. We will be able to confirm our support in August through our e-mail communications with you.

EXHIBITION FORMATS:
• FEATURE Films: DCP and BluRay
• SHORT Films: H264 or .mp4 files (1920 x 1080 | 23.98 fps)

RECEIPT OF EXHIBITION FILE/DRIVE: 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

SHIPPING: 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.

NUMBER OF SCREENINGS & PUBLICITY:
• A maximum of three (3) public screenings of the film.
• A public showing of up to a 2-min. maximum of clips from the film for media/promotional purposes.
• Up to two (2) PRIVATE screenings of your film to Media and Jurors.
• Use of film stills in Festival’s promotional materials (ie. program guide, promotional materials, website and/or multimedia presentations).

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.

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.

IF SENDING DVD SUBMISSION, DELIVER TO:
Edmonton International Film Festival
#201, 10816A - 82 Avenue
EDMONTON, Alberta
T6E 2B3 Canada
Phone: +1.780.423.0844
Questions? E-mail: submissions@edmontonfilmfest.com


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I have read and accepted the General Rules and Regulations for entering a film/video production to the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF). I fully indemnify and hold EIFFS and its Officers, Directors and representatives harmless from: a) damage to or loss of the DCP or DVD en route to, or from EIFF or during the course of EIFF's possession of the entry; and b) from any claims which may arise in connection with my film.

I own and control the copyright in and to, and am duly authorized to submit this film to the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF).

If this film is selected for screening at EIFF, I grant EIFF organizers the right to screen this film at the Festival.

I understand that 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.

Once a film has been selected and an invitation to participate at the Edmonton International Film Festival is accepted, we trust that the filmmaker will not withdraw their film from the festival program. But we can’t stop you. Please understand that we put a lot of energy and passion into crafting a compelling programme. EIFF reserves the right to withdraw an ACCEPTED entry when circumstance arise that are beyond our control (ie. operating revenues decline suddenly, or a theatre is no longer available, etc.)

**EIFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO WITHDRAW AN “ACCEPTED” ENTRY SHOULD THE FILM AND/OR FILMMAKER FAIL TO MEET ALL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.

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 maximum of three (3) public screenings of the film at EIFF.
• A public showing of up to a 2-min. maximum of clips from the film for media/promotional purposes.
• Up to two (2) PRIVATE screenings of your film to Media and Jurors.
• Use of film stills in Festival’s promotional materials (ie. program guide, promotional materials, website and/or multimedia presentations).