33rd Annual

Edmonton International Film Festival

September 26, 2019 to October 05, 2019

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

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, 2018 and be an EDMONTON Premiere at festival time.

“I loved how gutsy programming like NOVITIATE worked, and that festival favourites like THE FLORIDA PROJECT packed 'em in. The highlight for me, was the spirited conversation after BLACK COP. I am really proud be part of a festival that supports emerging talent and the commitment to Canadian film you show year after year is vital.”
- Christian Zyp (Canada), Festival-goer

You had a film programmed at EIFF in the past 5 years (2014-2018)? That makes you ALUMNI, and eligible for a WAIVER! Blast an e-mail to submissions@edmontonfilmfest.com -- include the TITLE of your film and the YEAR it screened at EIFF -- someone here will send you a WAIVER CODE!
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (41-mins. & longer)
Documentary filmmaking continues to push cinematic boundaries. 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, 2018 and be an EDMONTON Premiere at festival time.

Past festival favourites: THE PUSH (USA), FACES, PLACES (France), 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!

You had a film programmed at EIFF in the past 5 years (2014-2018)? That makes you ALUMNI, and eligible for a WAIVER! Blast an e-mail to submissions@edmontonfilmfest.com -- include the TITLE of your film and the YEAR it screened at EIFF -- someone here will send you a WAIVER CODE!
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'. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2018 and be an EDMONTON Premiere at festival time.

“Baaaah! I am crying in a cafe in Brooklyn. So. So. Thrilled. You beautiful Canadians were our very last chance to qualify for the Oscars this year and I just wouldn't even let myself hope for it. And now it's happened. THANK YOU. I will forever be grateful to the festival and to all of you.
- A.M. Lukas (USA), Director of ONE CAMBODIAN FAMILY PLEASE FOR MY FAMILY -- Grand Jury Winner for Best Short Film (Live Action) and now, OSCAR qualifying!

You had a film programmed at EIFF in the past 5 years (2014-2018)? That makes you ALUMNI, and eligible for a WAIVER! Blast an e-mail to submissions@edmontonfilmfest.com -- include the TITLE of your film and the YEAR it screened at EIFF -- someone here will send you a WAIVER CODE!
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, 2018 and be an EDMONTON Premiere at festival time.

“I have been to a LOT of film festivals and I have come to the conclusion that Edmonton International is the best I've ever attended. I loved it. The city, the people, the audiences... I wish I could've stayed longer. I met some great people and made some very good contacts, and obviously I credit all of that to you guys. You all should be very proud. I am very grateful and will remember this festival forever!"
- Hayden Croft (USA), Director of LAST WISH

You had a film programmed at EIFF in the past 5 years (2014-2018)? That makes you ALUMNI, and eligible for a WAIVER! Blast an e-mail to submissions@edmontonfilmfest.com -- include the TITLE of your film and the YEAR it screened at EIFF -- someone here will send you a WAIVER CODE!
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 present us with a new perspective on the world! Films must have been completed after January 1, 2018 and be an EDMONTON Premiere at festival time.

“My short documentary, THE MATCH won Best Alberta Short Documentary in 2014. I had never entered a film festival before. It was life changing. I then decided to enter it in more festivals around the world and played at 30 festivals from Cambodia to Los Angeles. I would never have thought to try the “festival circuit” if it hadn't been for the support of EIFF.”
- Frederick Kroetsch (Canada), Director of THE MATCH

You had a film programmed at EIFF in the past 5 years (2014-2018)? That makes you ALUMNI, and eligible for a WAIVER! Blast an e-mail to submissions@edmontonfilmfest.com -- include the TITLE of your film and the YEAR it screened at EIFF -- someone here will send you a WAIVER CODE!
ALBERTA FILMMAKER (all lengths)
What's goin' on in our STUDIO, eh? PASSWORD required to submit to this category. E-mail request: submission@edmontonfilmfest.com. Include in your e-mail: An Alberta mailing address. 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 e-mail.

“The festival line-up is a great mix of local, Canadian and International films which invited a diverse group of filmmakers to the festival. The festival is an intimate setting which made connecting with other filmmakers easier and I left the festival with a new group of filmmaker friends!"
- Darwin Serink (USA), Director of THE AVOCADO

You had a film programmed at EIFF in the past 5 years (2014-2018)? That makes you ALUMNI, and eligible for a FULL FEE WAIVER! Blast an e-mail to submissions@edmontonfilmfest.com -- include the TITLE of your film and the YEAR it screened at EIFF -- someone here will send you a WAIVER CODE!

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” (2015-2017).

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.

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.

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.

So who are we? We're just a bunch of fucking lucky individuals who signed on with EIFF 15 years ago because 'how hard can it be?' Honestly. That's what we said. All of us here in EIFF land had real gigs -- film production, freelancing, broadcast, journalism, raising goats. Some of us still do those things, but very part-time now. This thing, this film festival, is becoming a force. We come from production, so when you tell us your film is a rough cut, temp audio and no color correct, we understand that! And we are passionate. We love films, and the people who MAKE them. So much so, that when you have a film screen here, you become part of our family. Hope you like us! And for the record, it's a whole lot fucking harder than we imagined!

Here's the official description. The one we paid a professional to write. It's all true. But tastes a bit like dry toast. Bear with us.

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!

The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF)... international, independent and eye-opening.

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 and I shared in the excitement of discovering new voices and visions. EIFF is more important than ever to the citizens and City of Edmonton. It is truly an international festival that doesn’t forget its local, indigenous and regional roots.” - Carolyn B. (Canada)

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.

ORGANIZERS

Kerrie Long (Festival Producer); Sydney Moule (Co-Producer)

GENERAL RULES

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2018 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. 26 to Oct. 5, 2019).

FEE WAIVERS: Aside from ALUMNI Filmmakers, 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!

EXHIBITION FORMAT:
Feature Films - DCP and/or BluRay
Short Films - Digital file, submitted electronically

THEATRES? You are entrusting us with your Picasso. We rent the best professional theatres in Edmonton. Your film will look, and sound, GREAT! Projectors are BARCO and CHRISTIE. Size of theatres range from 100 to 425 seats.

ALBERTA FILMMAKER CATEGORY: What's goin' on in our STUDIO, eh? PASSWORD required to submit to this category to receive 40% DISCOUNT on submission fee. E-mail request: submission@edmontonfilmfest.com. Include in your e-mail: An 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 e-mail.

ALUMNI FILMMAKERS: You had a film programmed at EIFF in the past 5 years (2014-2018)? That makes you ALUMNI, and eligible for a FULL FEE WAIVER! Blast an e-mail to submissions@edmontonfilmfest.com -- include the TITLE of your film and the YEAR it screened at EIFF -- our people will talk to your people and E-Mail 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: submissions@edmontonfilmfest.com.

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.

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.

INELIGIBLE PROJECTS are:
• Films with a public, theatrical screening in EDMONTON (our City) prior to EIFF dates
• BROADCAST in Canada prior to EIFF dates
• Available for PURCHASE/DOWNLOAD in North America
• Available on iTunes, YouTube and/or Video On Demand (VOD)

COMPLETION DATE: Priority is given to films completed after January 1, 2018 -- 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.

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 are able to support visiting, “Official Selection” filmmakers with complimentary festival passes, additional tickets and airport shuttles. Every year we work to find sponsors to support awesomeness like a place to sleep, or a meal, or a bottle of something yummy – all is dependent on our fundraising and sponsorship efforts. Once you receive your ACCEPTANCE e-mail (by JUNE 30), we will confirm what goods we can help with. We want you here! We just don't have the dough to shower you in champagne -- you do deserve it!

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

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

FEATURE FILMS - SHIPPING: The cost of shipping the exhibition copy to EIFF must be paid by the entrant or the festival BEFORE us, and EIFF will pay for OUTBOUND shipping (FedEx).

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.

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.)


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 two (2) 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).