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The official line-up for the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival 2017:

Saturday 18th November

Opening Feature
Sunlight over Water (15m)
Empty Space (75m)

Q & A – James Choi (Director – Empty Space) & Ethan Lammie (DP – Sunlight Over Water) Sean Brennan (AD – Sunlight Over Water)

Canada Shorts
Edit > Undo (17m)
Violet and June (6m)
The Talk (12m)
Bombing (13m)
Lost (12m)
The Beautifully Drowned (24m)

Q & A – Michael Chen (Director – Lost), Gloria Mercer (Director – Bombing) & Penelope Good (Actress – Bombing)

Stories From Around The World
Nowhere (30m)
Second Chance on the Caprock (13m)
Themes For Dying Earth (10m)
Andy Wooff’s Birthday (7m)
Shishok (32m)

Q & A – Taras Demian Groves (Director – Nowhere), Casey Kowalchuk (Director – Themes For Dying Earth).

Weird & Wonderful Shorts
Blastercore (11m)
Hope (10m)
ninetofive (17m)
Edge (10m)
Breeze in the Storm (14m)
The Tinwife (27m)

Q & A – Josh Havelka (Director – Breeze in the Storm), Cory Tremblay – (Director of Photography – Breeze in the Storm).

Sunday 19th November

Feature Documentary
In The Blink of an Eye – (17m)

Shiners – (78m)

Q & A – Janalee Budge (Director – In The Blink of an Eye)

Final Shorts
Iridescence – (9m)
Unravel – (11m)
Human Nature – (4m)
Bout – (10m)
Let Us End With It Too – (15m)
Sideways – (4m)
Graffiti – (30m)

Q & A – Kent Donguines (Producer – Iridescence) Max Beauchamp (Director – Iridescence), Evan Luchkow (Director – Unravel), Shane Brar (Director – Bout), Caisha Lea Thompson (Director – Let It End With Us Too).

Closing Feature
Raw* – (97m)

Q & A – David I. Strasser (Director)


Chilliwack Spirit Award

* Delinquent 

Best of Fest

* Graffiti

Best Feature

* Empty Space

Best Short

* Let Us End With It Too

Best Documentary

* Shiners

Best of BC

* Bombing

Best Director

* Lluis Quilez – Graffiti

Best Actor

* Jesse Platt – Delinquent

Best Actress

* Ariana Marquis – The Beautifully Drowned

Best Cinematography

* Kang Park – Iridescence

Best Score

* Themes For Dying Earth

Best Script

* David I. Strasser – Delinquent

Best Music Video

* Human Nature 


The Chilliwack Independent Film Festival is a two day event with screenings and Q & As designed to provide opportunities for both local and international filmmakers to showcase their work and build contacts for future collaborations.

With events and mixers as well as over ten awards across different categories, we hope to to build ties between emerging and established professionals. We want to provide an arena for filmmakers to screen their films in public and experience some incredible cinema from across the world.

We accept Features, Shorts, Documentaries, Music Videos and Animation from emerging artists and students to establish professionals. The Chilliwack Independent Film Festival (CIFF) is committed to the celebration of independent film and bringing it to wider audiences.

We encourage films from across Canada and the globe to enter and attend. We also have special focus on local BC filmmakers with specific categories. If you have a powerful story with a distinct voice, we want to watch it.

The Chilliwack Independent Film Festival runs every year in November at the Cottonwood Cinema in Chilliwack.


Submit your film today to the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival.

We accept feature films, shorts, documentaries, music videos and animation from across Canada and the rest of the world. Special focus is also given to filmmakers/content created locally in British Columbia.

Chilliwack Independent Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submission platform.  Click to submit with FilmFreeway.


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