Edmonton International Film Festival


Years running: 42 (since 1981)

Edmonton International Film Festival

International Film Festival.


The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF)... international, independent and eye-opening. Our 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 125 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!


  • People's Choice Award,
  • The Wedgie Award for Comedy or stand-out comedic actor 
  • The Big Daddy: Family Film Award, 
  • The Bobby Award for Excellence in Cinematography,

Other Awards categories (subject to change) include: 

  • Canadian Feature
  • International Feature 
  • Best Documentary 
  • Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Short Film 
  • Short Film awards for Alberta, Canada, International, Animation and Documentary.

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


  • Films produced after January 1, 2020.
  • Projects must be a premiere in Edmonton.
  • EIFF does not accept trailers or rough assemblies but will accept work-in-progress cuts (picture lock with temp sound, color, etc.).
  • Submit via FilmFreeway.
  • Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

City premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

Kerrie Long (Festival Producer).




Official Website




#201, 10816A - 82 Avenue
EDMONTON, Alberta T6E 2B3

Phone: +1 780 423 0844


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    November 15, 2021
  • Earlybird Deadline
    February 01, 2022
  • Regular Deadline
    April 15, 2022
  • Late Deadline
    May 02, 2022
  • Notifications
    August 01, 2022
  • Event Dates
    22 September — 1 October 2022
Categories & Fees

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. (40-mins. or less)

  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $50

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!

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $65

Animated Shorts must be 40-minutes or less.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $50

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 (40-mins. or less).

  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $35
  • Late Deadline — $50

NARRATIVE FEATURE films are dramatic, live-action and animated stories, 41-mins. or longer, from Canada and around the world.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $50
  • Late Deadline — $65

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