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Do you think of yourself as a "film buff?" Do you watch every new movie that hits the theaters? Then why not submit your film to one of the many top-notch Canadian film festivals? Canada has some great festivals. There are big ones like Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and little ones like Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF).

All the top film festivals in Canada will be listed here along with submission information. If you want to submit your film it would be a good idea to read through all of them, look at their deadlines and contact info. Festivals with "Early deadline" or "Regular deadline" have different rules about the fees they charge for submission.

Early deadlines - are held earlier than usual so filmmakers have time to edit their movies before the deadline

Regular deadlines - are held on the same day every year, usually in August or September.

Late deadlines - are held later than usual because of scheduling issues with regular deadlines. The regular deadline was usually in September but there are some exceptions.

There are many types of Canadian film festivals that accept independent films, animation, student work etc. Some of the most popular ones are listed below.

If you want to submit your movie to one of these Canadian film festivals make sure you read their submission rules carefully. Don't make the mistake of sending your movie to the wrong festival - it will mean instant rejection.

The top Canadian film festivals

The Canadian Filmmakers' Festival runs an annual event in which the best Canadian feature and short films of the year are selected. This festival takes place every March / April.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is one of the biggest and best-known film festivals in the world. TIFF takes place every year in September and is devoted to showcasing the very best of international cinema. TIFF's program consists of more than 300 feature films, 180 shorts, 75 Canadian features (since 2012) and more than 20 music-related films.

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) has been taking place since 1958. It focuses on global cinema but also has local films, workshops and events. It takes place every year in September.

The Montreal World Film Festival (WFF) is the second oldest in the world after Venice's. It started back in 1976. This festival has an emphasis on international cinema but it also screens Canadian works, French language films and "films of heritage." The WFF takes place every year in late August / early September.

The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) is one of Canada's largest film festivals and showcases about 200 movies from around the world over a period of 10 days. EIFF has also expanded into animation and indie gaming and it includes workshops, master classes and free outdoor screenings. The festival takes place every August / September.

The Atlantic Film Festival (AFF) is a highly respected festival which takes place every September in Halifax. This festival presents a mix of international and Canadian features, music docs and shorts. There are also panel discussions, gala events, industry seminars and workshops. 

The Banff World Media Festival is held every year in June in the stunning Banff National Park. It presents awards for movies, television and new media from around the world.

The Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is back for its 13th year in 2015. It screens eclectic, experimental and avant garde audiovisual works from both international and local filmmakers. CUFF takes place every April / May.

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