Edmonton International Film Festival
Our goal is to bring the best, independent cinema to our audiences; to discover new, emerging filmmakers; and inspire our own movie-making community. At the Edmonton International Film Festival, it is the films – and the filmmakers – that we celebrate! The EIFF team works passionately at making each filmmaker – whether your art form is short films, feature films or documentaries – feel like a superstar! We would love to program every film we receive, but that’s not an option for us – yet! What we offer filmmakers is the opportunity to screen their films at an intimate, 9-day festival to an audience that is sophisticated and supportive.
The Edmonton International Film Festival began in 1986 as ‘Local Heroes’ – an intimate, 3-day film festival produced in the middle of March where local and North American industry types could hang out, watch movies, exchange ideas, play some shinny hockey, and do everything necessary to stay WARM! Over time, the festival became 5-days, then 7-days. And the festival became a badge of honor for visiting filmmakers. Thermal t-shirts boasted ‘I Survived Local Heroes’. Audiences crammed into movie theatres mostly to see films they’d never have any other opportunity to see, but also to share body heat.
Baby, it can get cold here. Our hearts are some of the warmest you’ll find – anywhere in the world! In 2003, festival organizers moved the festival to September, expanded it to 9-days, and re-branded the Edmonton International Film Festival. 2007 marks the 21st anniversary of EIFF.
With an emphasis on ‘discovery’, EIFF presents a fascinating mix of feature-length films, light documentaries and short films gathered from all corners of the world. Our goal is to nurture a better understanding of other nations through the art of cinema, to expose the people of greater Edmonton to movies and stories they might not ever have the opportunity to see again, and to inspire the motion picture industry in Alberta.
Festival Begins: September 28th 2007
Festival Ends: October 6th 2007
Submission Deadline: Has Ended
#201, 10816A – 82 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 2B3
Contact Person: Kerrie Long