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22-Apr-2014 11:50pm PDT  


Edmonton International Film Festival

28 Annual September 25, 2014 to October 04, 2014

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Edmonton AB T6E 2B3
Phone: 780-423-0844

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

NARRATIVE FEATURE (40-minutes and over)
Feature films are dramatic, live-action and animated stories, 40-mins. or longer, from Canada and around the world. We're looking for films that engage, enlighten and entertain in ALL genres. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2013 and preference is given to EDMONTON premieres.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (40-minutes and over)
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 - in other words, films that get audiences talking!

Past festival favorites include: THE GOOD SON (dir: Jesse James Miller), SPINNING PLATES (dir: Joseph Levy), ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL (dir: Sacha Gervasi), MUSCLE SHOALS (dir: Greg 'Freddy' Camilier), MUSIC FROM THE BIG HOUSE (dir: Bruce MacDonald) and A FILM ABOUT KIDS AND MUSIC (dir: Ramon Tort).

NARRATIVE SHORT (under 40-minutes)
WE LOVE SHORT FILMS! LOVE 'EM! And we're looking for stories that inspire, engage and entertain. Selected films will showcase 'excellence in storytelling'. Short, dramatic films include animation, live-action and experimental in all genres: family, COMEDY (HUGE with our audiences), thriller, film noir, western... the list goes on. Our most popular program strand for all short films is Lunchbox Shorts – a 45-min. package of shorts scheduled over lunch hour for the downtown business crowd.

DOCUMENTARY SHORT (under 40-minutes)
WE LOVE SHORTS! We mean that. Both narrative and documentary! Short documentaries must be 40-minutes or less. We are looking for all kinds of fascinating, live-action and animated documentary stories that teach us, motivate us, or take us to a place (in mind, or in body) that we might never have gone – films that stay with us no matter how much time goes by.

SNOW, MAN: Films With Frost! (all lengths)
Snow. The white, fluffy stuff that falls from the sky. It builds character. And is the reason our first sentence after "How are you?" is "Cold enough for ya?". We KNOW snow in Canada and want to see how filmmakers from other, wintery countries embrace it -- or not! Show us your snow, man!

SPOTLIGHT: South Africa (all lengths)
This year, we are proud to turn our SPOTLIGHT on South Africa! A fascinating melting pot of people and ideas, South Africa has raised enormous talent -- Steve Nash, Charlize Theron, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dave Matthews, and her most renowned child... Nelson Mandela. To name a very few. SPOTLIGHT: South Africa will showcase 3 to 4 feature-length dramatic or documentary films, and 6 to 10 short films that are pure, 100% bru. Jolling!

ALBERTA High School Filmmaker (20-minutes or less)
To support and cultivate the next generation of filmmakers, EIFF hosts a special competition for students enrolled in grades 9-12 within the province of ALBERTA.

Alberta High School Short Film Submissions may be fiction, documentary, animation or experimental and 20-minutes or less (including credits) and created/produced between September 4, 2013 to June 15, 2014. This competition is open to high school filmmakers enrolled in the province of ALBERTA and in grades 9 through 12 during the 2013-14 academic year. Submission deadline is June 15 (postmark deadline).
FOOD Films (all lengths)
For this NEW! category, we're hungry for films -- dramatic and documentary -- that feature food. Creating it, growing it, playing with it... tantalize us!

The 28th Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF)... international, independent and eye-opening. Our 10-day festival is committed to showcasing contemporary, independent films that will enlighten and entertain our audiences. We look for films that make us better people -- films with soul. Each year, EIFF presents a cinematic smorgasbord of more than 150 features, documentaries and shorts to a sophisticated, appreciative audience. Inspiring and sometimes, life-changing, EIFF hosts a variety of guests that include directors, producers, writers, actors, distributors and programmers. This festival is about FILMS and the people who MAKE them!

Just a couple of hours from the majestic Rocky Mountains, Edmonton is THE heart of the Canadian Prairies, the largest, most northern city in North America and home to the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF). Six months out of the year, we are buried under snow -- making us the top movie-going audience in the country!

And each autumn, we hoist the curtains on a 10-day cinematic feast that celebrates the power of film. The menu for our 10,000 festival-goers 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.

To honour the life and the legacy of Mr. NELSON MANDELA, the 28th EIFF is dedicating this year's SPOTLIGHT program to SOUTH AFRICA. There is still so much for us to learn about the people, and the stories, that make SOUTH AFRICA so beautiful.

The films we look for are: WORLD Cinema, DOCUMENTARIES of all kinds, COMEDY, FAMILY, EDGE of NIGHT (movies that make you squirm), films by ALBERTANS, SHORTS, films that feature SNOW and anything to do with FOOD or foodies.

Our audiences love it when they can meet the people behind, and in front of, the camera. EIFF welcomes visiting filmmakers with open arms, heartfelt hospitality, a place to sleep, some parties, and fabulous memories! Over the years, we've had the pleasure of hosting John Waters, Norman Jewison, Academy Award© winner Brenda Fricker, Deepa Mehta, Arthur Hiller, Werner Herzog, Don McKellar, Albert Maysles, Jon Cryer, Bruce McDonald, Patrick Warburton, Rita Chiarelli, Gil Kofman, Shea Whigham, Gabriel Sunday, Stephen McCole, Carl Bessai, , Academy Award© winner, Luke Matheny and countless up-and-coming filmmakers, actors, writers and producers.

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 a part of Alberta's longest running international film festival.

Kailla MacLellan ; Kerrie Long (Festival Producer) ; Kerrie Long (Festival Producer) ; Kerrie Long (Festival Producer) ; Sydney Moule (Asst. Programmer - Youth Strand)

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

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.

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

WHERE IN THE WORLD? Wherever you are on the globe, we're interested in your cinematic story. Canada is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and, as a city, Edmonton is rich with an incredible variety of peoples. This year's SPOTLIGHT is on films from South Africa!

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

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 screen multiple updates/versions of your film for programming consideration.

WHICH CATEGORY TO SUBMIT TO? Films that fit into more than one (1) category -- for example, a DOCUMENTARY SHORT filmed in the middle of a SNOW storm, MAN... submit to the category of your choice. Programmers will determine the best "fit" for your film.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: All deadlines are POSTMARKED by dates. If the DEADLINE date lands on a weekend or statutory holiday, we accept submissions postmarked on the next business day. Our late submission deadline of April 30 allows enough time for selection committees to carefully consider your film, so please don't ask for an extension.

PREMIERE/BROADCAST STATUS: To continue raising the prestige of EIFF -- with audiences and filmmakers – our priority is to program films (of all lengths) that have exclusive, Edmonton premiere status at the Edmonton International Film Festival. A cast & crew screening does not disqualify a film, but preference will be given to premieres.

• Broadcast in Canada prior to our festival dates
• Streaming on NetFlix, YouTube, etc.
• Available for purchase in North America
• Films with a public (paid or free) screening in Edmonton prior to EIFF

COMPLETION DATE: Priority is given to films completed after January 1, 2013 -- 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 FORMAT: For selection purposes, all PREVIEW copies must be submitted on DVD (NTSC or PAL) or by Secure Online Screener (SOS) and be in English, or have English subtitles. We will make every attempt to contact you if there is damage to an entry, but cannot be held responsible if entry is not considered due to poorly recorded or unplayable media – in other words, please check your DVD before you mail it out to us!

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.

SUBMISSION PACKAGE TO INCLUDE: Please include one (1) DVD (NTSC or PAL). Mark your submission DVD with a permanent marker (please, no stickers… they hurt our machines): Title | Run Time | Contact Information (e-mail address). Include payment only if you have not paid online.

SECURE ONLINE SCREENER (SOS): If you’ve chosen to upload a secure, password protected video (VIMEO, etc.)... include the PASSWORD in your WAB cover letter. Link cannot EXPIRE prior to JULY 15.

CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT: Submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail upon receipt.

PLEASE. DO NOT SEND: 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.

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

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: We prefer multiple submissions submitted individually, however we can accommodate compilation DVDs and are able to offer a group submission discount (based on availability). Please e-mail:

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

STUDENT FEE: If submitting with the Student Fee amount, please include a copy of your current Student ID OR a letter from your instructor/teacher 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 (2009 to 2013). Submission fees are reduced for ALUMNI... our small way of saying 'Thank-you'! Please note 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 contact information must be an ALBERTA residence. Submission fees are WAIVED for ALBERTA Filmmakers.

ALBERTA HIGH SCHOOL FILMMAKER (20-mins. or less): Submissions may be fiction, documentary, animation or experimental and 20-minutes or less (including credits) and created/produced between October 1, 2013 and June 15, 2014. This competition is open to students enrolled in the province of ALBERTA and in grades 9 through 12 during the 2013-14 academic year. Submission deadline is June 15 (postmark deadline). INCLUDE photocopy of current Student i.d. or a letter from your teacher confirming your status as an ALBERTA student in Grade 9 to 12

FEE WAIVERS: Aside from Alberta Filmmakers and Alberta High School Short categories, 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 that offsets our costs. Trust us... filmmaker submission fees are not a revenue generator for our fest.

RETURN of SUBMISSION DVD: If you'd like your preview copy returned, include a self-addressed, stamped mailing package. Screeners will otherwise not be returned.

SELECTION PROCESS: All submissions are screened and evaluated by EIFF Preview and Selection Committees. Their reports and decisions are final and confidential.

NOTIFICATION: All accepted entrants will be notified on or before July 4, via e-mail. Filmmakers whose films are not selected to screen at EIFF will also be notified by this date via email.

EXHIBITION FORMAT: Once a film is accepted, every attempt will be made by EIFF organizers to exhibit your film on the preferred exhibition format. However, due to budget and our movie venues, we prefer to EXHIBIT the following formats:
• FEATURE Films: DCP and BluRay
• SHORT Films: PAL or NTSC DVD (Regions 0 and 1)

RECEIPT OF EXHIBITION PRINT: To allow for time to test and inspect exhibition copies, EIFF must receive your EXHIBITION copy by:
• SHORT FILMS: August 1
• FEATURE FILMS: September 1

FILMMAKER FEEDBACK: Regrettably, we no longer provide filmmaker feedback as a routine part of our selection and notification process. We will consider E-MAIL (only) requests for feedback on a case by case basis after the festival dates and before November 15.

TRAVEL/ACCOMMODATIONS for FILMMAKERS: 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. So… we can only extend a limited number of complimentary airfare and lodging packages to select FEATURE filmmakers. Accepted SHORT filmmakers (who reside outside of Alberta) – we hope to offer you a complimentary 2-night Hotel stay.

PASSES/TICKETS for FILMMAKERS: 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.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT: Entrant agrees to grant EIFF permission for accepted films and related marketing materials to be reproduced and distributed (in whole or in part) SOLELY for the purposes of jurying and promotion of the Festival.

LOSS and DAMAGE: EIFF will make every attempt to contact you if there is damage to an entry, but cannot be held responsible if your entry is not considered due to poorly recorded or unplayable media. Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials submitted while in EIFF’s possession, however we cannot accept or assume responsibility in the event of loss or damage.

SHIPPING (Submission Copies): Do not send masters or irreplaceable formats. Preview copies will not be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope is included with the submission. All shipping charges are the responsibility of the sender.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: The Customs Declaration should state "Festival Submission only - no commercial value". Mark value no higher than $10CDN. The Festival does NOT accept collect shipments or pay customs fees on inbound packages.

SHIPPING (Exhibition Copies): SHIPPING (Exhibition Copies): 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 of FEATURE FILMS ONLY. We will return exhibition copies for SHORT FILMS, only when the filmmaker requests this.

PRIZES: Should the jury determine that no film was outstanding in an award category, NO award will be presented. EIFF reserves the right to modify the Cash and Goods/Services prizes as listed in the Categories -- as per sponsorship agreements.

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.

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.

Edmonton International Film Festival
#201, 10816A - 82 Avenue
T6E 2B3 Canada
Phone: +1.780.423.0844

Office hours are 10am to 2pm MONDAY thru FRIDAY.


I have read and accepted the General Rules and Regulations for entering a film/video production to the Edmonton International Film Festival. I fully indemnify and hold EIFFS and its Officers, Directors and representatives harmless from: a) damage to or loss of the film print or videotapes or dvds 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. 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, THE FILMMAKER CANNOT WITHDRAW THEIR FILM FROM THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME. **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 public showing of the film up to 3 times at the Festival - a public showing of up to a 3-minute maximum of clips from the film in the media, on the EIFF website, at Festival premises, or in multimedia presentations. - use of film stills in Festival's promotional materials (ie. catalogue, promotional flyers, website and/or multimedia presentations).