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 exclusively via, the world’s best online submission platform.  Click to submit with FilmFreeway.


The Chilliwack Independent Film Festival (CIFF) is a 3 day event with screenings and Q & As designed to showcase independent cinema from across BC and the globe.

This years festival opens with a mixer at Old Yale Brewery on Friday the 23rd of November with alumni films, previews, Q & A’s with our filmmakers PLUS the best beer in the whole of BC!

We then shift to the incredible Cottonwood Cinema for two days jam packed full of screenings on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of November. You’ll also be able to get a selection of Old Yale beer INSIDE the theater during the later screenings on both days.

The festival then culminates with an award ceremony honoring the best independent films before we head to Major Leagues for our closing party to celebrate!

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.


The Chilliwack Independent Film Festival will close its final night with an illustrious award ceremony. An after party will follow at a venue to be confirmed. Our panel of independent judges will reveal nominations before the festival begins with the winners announced on the night. Our exquisitely designed award trophies will be issued to winners across several categories. There will be awards handed out on the night for:

– Best of Festival
– Best Feature Film
– Best Short Film
– Best Documentary

Other technical awards will be handed out for:

– Best Director
– Best Actor
– Best Actress
– Best Director of Photography
– Best Composer

(Note: Award categories are subject to change depending on submissions)


The official line-up for the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival 2018 is here!

Friday 23rd November

Opening Night Mixer @ Old Yale Brewery

Mingle with the filmmakers and local artists in Old Yale’s new tasting room. We’ll be screening a selection of last years alumni films, showing previews and trailers from this year plus we’ll be hosting Q & As. Come down to the BEST brewery in BC for great drinks and wonderful films.

Saturday 24th November – Cottonwood Cinema

Opening Feature
Satan (17m)
Hurry Slowly (70m)

BC Documentaries
Coming Home (42m)
Mayday (12m)
Against The Grain: A Guide To Nonconformity (10m)
Tradition (6m)
Letisha’s Well (17m)

Q & A – Matej Balaz (Director – Letisha’s Well), David I. Strasser (Director – Against The Grain), Raymund Santos (Director – Mayday) & Nicole Provost (Lead – Mayday) & Emily Krack (Director – Tradition) Brandon Thompson (Director – Coming Home).

Weird & Wonderful Short Films (Sponsored by Old Yale Brewery)
Once Bitten (10m)
A Sweet Man (13m)
The Villagers (9m)
Gas (3m)
Conejo (20m)
Time Heals No Wounds (11m)
Paint The Town Red (5m)
Slick (19m)

Q & A –  Valeria Jiménez (Director – Conejo)  Javier Noriega (Actor – Conejo)
(19+ Screening featuring Old Yale Brewery)

Local Feature Film – (Sponsored by Old Yale Brewery)
Videotronyxz (110m)
(Out of competition screening)

Q & A – Brendan Taylor (Director) ,  Brandon Mindel (Lead Actor) & Daniel Sparrow (Composer)
(19+ Screening with Old Yale Beer)


Sunday 25th November – Cottonwood Cinema

Pick N’ Mix Shorts
Salvation Rain – (12m)

Happy – (5m)
Atone – (12m)
The Certainty Machine – (5m)
Millenials Anonymous – (6m)
Perilaxis – (11m)
The Cat – (11m)
Scandal – (4m)
Lions In Waiting – (16m)

Q & A – Josh Havelka (Director – Perilaxis), Shane Brar (Director – Atone),  &  Jason Karman (Lions In Waiting).

Final Shorts
Noise of the Light – (23m)
Grey – (4m)
We Will See Someday – (6m)
Edge of Apollo – (11m)
A Drawing – (5m)
Small Fish – (14m)
Cypher – (20m)

Q & A – Kent Donguines (Producer – Grey & Small Fish) Max Beauchamp (Director – Small Fish), Marcus Hann (Director – Edge of Apollo), .

Closing Feature – (Sponsored by Old Yale Brewery)
Thunder Road – (93m)
(19+ Screening featuring Old Yale Brewery)

Award Ceremony – 7.30pm
The second edition of the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival will culminate in an award ceremony celebrating this years films!


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 


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