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Film Submissions

February 1, 2019 Early Bird Deadline | March 1, 2019 Regular Deadline

We proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway, the world's #1 submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD screeners, unlimited video storage, filmmaker profiles, and more.

We proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway, the world's #1 submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD screeners, unlimited video storage, filmmaker profiles, and more.


Film Submission Criteria

There are no category restrictions. Each work is juried solely on its own merits. The Festival seeks any combination of inventive, incisive, bold, vital and otherwise provocative work of any genre.

Entry Formats

  1. All entries - Formats accepted for festival exhibition: Blu-ray. DCP and DVD.

  2. All entries must have been completed after January 2018.

  3. Films must be presented in their original language with English language subtitles.

  4. Please specify sound mix on your application. Left/Right Mix preferred.

  5. Each entry must fill out requirements on FilmFreeway


Please include also a plot synopsis, cast and crew list, director’s biography and entry fee(s). 

Film Length Definition

Feature: 41 min. or longer; Short: 40 min. or less per Academy rules.


Submission of a work confirms that Dreamspeakers International Film Festival has permission to exhibit it during the Festival and any Festival Tours. Submission of a work implies that the Festival can employ moving image excerpts and reproduce stills for exhibition promotion.


If your film is invited to screen at DIFF, please submit whichever of the following materials you have immediately upon notification of acceptance to better aid in Festival publicity of your work: Production stills (electronic copies), EPK, trailers or Vimeo/YouTube clips for web site inclusion. Contact us about posters.


Every precaution will be exercised in handling entries, but neither the Festival organizers, employees, sponsors, nor participating organizations can assume responsibility for damage to or loss of materials submitted. All films submitted to play at DIFF will be previewed prior to exhibition with a log kept of their condition filmmakers will be notified if a film arrives damaged.


February 28, 2019 is our main deadline.


All entries are initially reviewed by pre-screening officials. In March, the jury will consider the pre-screeners’ semifinalists and any other entries submitted to the Festival they may wish to see. Following the jurors’ decisions, a list of Finalists will be determined by March 30, 2019. Acceptance of films to be invited and shown at DIFF by the Festival Director or Program Coordinator will take place via e-mail in a timely fashion to allow for planning for those wishing to attend the Festival. 

Shipping Festival Copies 

IF sending by disks and/or digital media, it should be marked “For Festival Screening Only”. Shipment should be prepaid by the sender. Films selected will be refunded shipping costs.

Return Shipping Information

Filmmakers must cover shipping costs only for return of the work to the point of origin. Films selected will be refunded shipping costs. Return shipping will take place within a three-week period following the festival.

Travel & Hospitality

It is DIFF’s intention to provide a worry-free environment where people can conduct business and view work with ease. Our staff will be happy to provide for you a list of local hotels and B&B’s upon request. We will also provide each attending filmmaker with a hospitality package which will include maps, passes, special offers at restaurants, entertainment complexes and local attractions.

Competition & Awards

A panel of jurists comprised of filmmakers and cinema/media professionals will award the following (to Festival applicants only). 

  • Canadian Short 

  • Animation 

  • International Feature 

  • Canadian Feature

  • Feature Score 

  • Gil Cardinal Memorial Best Documentary

  • Emerging Filmmaker

Questions & Information

Dreamspeakers International Film Festival

8726 112 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB, T5B 0G6, Canada

P: 780 378 9609

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