Where do the events occur?

Our Festival Screenings will be held at Carnival Cinemas in Red Deer, AB.
5402 47 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 6Z4
Venues for other events are specific to the event.

I am strictly a film fan and don't work in the business. How can I see films?

Tickets can be purchased individually online or at Carnival Cinemas on the day-of.

Why should I register for a membership? What benefits do I get?

Members receive special perks, and can receive VIP treatment at our CAFF events.

What can you tell me about Central Alberta?

Central Alberta is a great hub with a very active arts community.  When you are here, check out local historical sites, our museum and some of the live theatrical performances that run throughout the year.

Where can I go for help finding a hotel room for my stay in Red Deer during the festival?

Special CAFF attendee room prices will be available at Black Knight Inn, Microtel and Econolodge for this year’s Film Festival.

Do the CAFF Film venues offer wheelchair accessible seating?


Are there single-admission tickets to the Festival screenings?


What should I do to ensure that I get a seat at a Festival screening?

Use advance booking online.

What are CAFF policies regarding refunds?

CAFF tickets are non-refundable, but are transferrable.

How does my film get chosen to screen at CAFF?

After submission, films are put before our selection committee and chosen based on specific criteria.


How do I submit my film to Central Alberta Film Festival?

To submit your film to CAFF, you will have to complete the online submission form, pay the applicable submission fee and include arrangements to provide a DCP, USB, or drive link to your film on the application. Please review the Rules and Regulations carefully prior to completing the online submission form.

Can you mail or fax me a submissions form?

No. We are only accepting online applications.

If I have already completed the online submission form, can I go back to edit information or to update my contact information or my film’s screening history?

Once you have completed and submitted the online form, you cannot go back to edit. If you need to change any information you have provided to us, you must email us at info@cafilmfestival.ca

Can I submit a film that is a work-in-progress?

Yes. If you send a work-in-progress (WIP) short or feature length film, you may update your streaming link with a new version as long as you email us at info@cafilmfestival.ca to notify us of the change. If the link or password changes at any time you must email or call to make the change or else risk forfeiting your submission. If the film is selected you must send us a complete, final exhibition hard copy before we screen it at the festival, as we do not exhibit works in progress at the festival.

Can I submit a trailer instead of a WIP or a completed film?

No. We will not be able to consider your film if you send in a trailer instead of a WIP or a completed film.

I submitted my film to a different festival. Can I submit my film for this year’s CAFF festival as well?

You may submit if you meet the eligibility requirements as outlined in the Rules and Regulations. You will have to fill out the online form and pay the applicable submission fee.

Do I have to obtain rights and clearances for the music or other copyrighted material included in my film?

At the time of submission, you are not yet required to obtain all rights and clearances. If your film is selected you must sign a release certifying that you have obtained all rights and clearances prior to exhibiting the film at the festival. Please review the Rules and Regulations carefully.

Can I submit more than one film?

You may submit more than one film as long as each film meets the eligibility requirements. For each submission you will have to fill out a separate entry form and pay a separate fee.

What is your preferred format for submission?

All films are strongly encouraged to be submitted in DCP format to ensure a gurateed high quality and error free screening during the festival. If you cannot provide that format, you can send it via a password protected drive link (this may link to Vimeo, your own site, an unlisted private YouTube link, etc. as long as the link is not public). Please note that doing so through link we cannot 100% guarantee the quality or aspect ratio once on the big screen, we will certainly try our very best to ensure it is error-free, but due to the process of this, there can be small errors. If you have any extenuating circumstances that prohibit you from making a streaming link of your film, or USB, please email us at info@cafilmfestival.ca

Will I receive confirmation of my submission?

Yes, you will receive a confirmation email after submitting your online application with a submission number. Please reference this and the project title when inquiring about your project.


What are the submission deadlines and fees for the 2018 Central Alberta Film Festival?


Feature length fiction and documentary films – $35 entry fee


Short length fiction and documentary films – $25 entry fee

(The OFFICIAL entry deadline is the last deadline for short length film submissions.)

LATE ENTRY DEADLINE: -Feb.1, 2018 Midnight MST

Feature length fiction and documentary films completed after the official entry deadline which have not been screened publicly or otherwise distributed anywhere at the time of submission. – $65 entry fee

How can I pay the submissions fee?

You must fill out the online submission form first. At the end of the form, you will be prompted to pay the fee. We accept payment by Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

Do I have to pay a submissions fee if I am submitting a student film?

Entry fees are waived for students submitting short films only. Entry fees will be waived upon receipt by the Festival of a photocopy of a current and valid student ID card or a letter from an accredited school verifying enrollment. Students who submit Features MUST pay the applicable entry fee(s).

Does it make a difference to which deadline I submit?

No. All submissions are processed and viewed in the same manner. The only difference is the higher submission fees. We encourage you to submit as early as possible.

Can I submit my short film for the Late Deadline?

Yes, you may use the Late Deadline for your short film as well.


How do you distinguish short films from feature films?

Short films are works under 40 minutes (this includes credits) and feature films are works 40 minutes or longer. If you have a mid-length and a feature-length version of your film, we prefer that you send us the feature-length version.

Is there an age restriction?

There is no age restriction for filmmakers, but submitters must be at least 18 years of age, unless express consent is provided by a parent or legal guardian.

Does premiere status matter?

All films submitted MUST maintain at least a Central Alberta premiere, meaning the film cannot have been exhibited publicly in the Central Alberta region prior to our festival. Priority is given to  premieres for features and shorts. Refer to the AWARDS section in the entry rules and regulations for more details.

Can I submit to CAFF if I’ve already submitted to other festivals and am still waiting to hear back?

Yes, submitting to other festivals does not negatively impact your submission at all! If you decide to accept an invitation for another festival that happens before CAFF, we ask that you please email info@cafilmfestival.ca so that we may update our records with your premiere status. If you are submitting to other festivals, we encourage you to submit to CAFF at the same time, rather than waiting to submit until you hear back from other festivals.

If I’ve been accepted to another festival but CAFF is my preferred festival premiere, can I check to see if my film is in the running?

Yes. Although we may not be able to offer you a definitive answer depending on the timeline, we will try to give you as much information as possible.

How do I know if my film is eligible for consideration?

Please refer to our rules and regulations for complete eligibility rules.


Can I choose the film category I want to submit to?

No. When you submit your film, you indicate which category you suggest your submission falls into: Short Documentary, Short Narrative, Feature Documentary, Feature Narrative and Music Videos/Videos Integrating Song. But if your film is selected to screen at the Festival, CAFF programmers will determine which film category best suits your film, according to their criteria.

I want to submit my experimental film, is there an experimental section I can apply to?

We accept experimental films along with all other submissions, and program experimental films within our established sections. If you would like to flag your submission as experimental, please note that your film is experimental on your submission form.


When and how will I know if my film has been selected?

We notify ALL persons designated as “submitter” via email of their status approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the film festival dates. Please make sure your contact information is up to date. If you have not received any notification by mid-February 2017, please email info@cafilmfestival.ca for an official notification.

If my film isn’t chosen to screen during your Festival, will you let me know why?

No. Due to the large volume of submissions our programmers cannot offer individual critiques.

Central Alberta Film Festival