Frequently Asked Questions
What are the dates of the next festival?
March 20th - March 21st, 2014
What are the categories of films accepted?
We accept films and screenplays of all categories, lengths, and genres.
What are the deadlines?
Early Bird - May 31, 2013
Regular Deadline - August 31, 2013
Late Deadline - November 30, 2013
Extended Deadline - January 31, 2014
Screenplay Competition - December 31, 2013
What are the fees?
Early Bird - Short: $30 / Feature: $35
Deadline - Short: $35 / Feature: $40
Late Deadline - Short: $40 / Feature: $45
Extended Deadline: Short: $40 / Feature: $45
Is there a student fee?
Yes, you may subtract $10 from your entry fee if you are a student. Please include a photocopy of your student ID with your submission.
How long is a short film?
Films under 50 minutes are considered short films.
How long is a feature film?
Films over 50 minutes are considered feature films.
Should I send a press kit?
No, we select based only on the merits of the films themselves.
Where do I send my film?
Canada International Film Festival
991 Hornby Street, Suite 57
Vancouver, BC, V6Z1V3
How is a film eligible for the Best of Canada Award?
A film is eligible for the Best of Canada Award if any of the key filmmakers currently live in Canada, were born in the country, or if the film was primarily shot in the country.
Will my submission DVD be returned?
No. Submissions will not be returned.
When will I find out if my film is accepted?
The Official Selections will be announced about one month prior to the festival.
Are there awards?
Yes, awards, and in some cases prizes, are presented in all categories for the top films and filmmakers.
What are the acceptable screening/exhibition formats for your festival?
For the submission process, we can screen DVD’s, BluRay, digital media files, or view your project online such as on YouTube or Vimeo. During the festival, we can screen films on DVD, BluRay, and most digital video formats.
Is there an age requirement for the film festival?
Filmmakers of any age can submit a film.
Can I get confirmation that you received my submission?
Yes, please send a self-addressed stamped postcard.
If I still have a question that isn't covered here whom do I contact?