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Submit a Film

Submit a Film

Submit a Film

Submitting to the 2022 Cannes Independent Film Festival

Submit now through FilmFreeway:

• CIFF 2022 will take place from May 11 to 21.
CIFF is especially interested in films by first and second time filmmakers whose movies represent the best in low-budget filmmaking.

• CIFF accepts only online digital submissions, not discs in the mail.
• CIFF regards a short film as 30 minutes or less in length.


There are three submissions deadlines:

Early – 3 January, 2022

Regular – 9 March, 2022

Late – 5 April, 2022

These are deadlines and reflect the date by which you must provide us with a online screener your submission.  

Selected films will be notified no later than April 25, 2022.

CIFF accepts films and awards prizes in the following categories:

Short Film
Feature Film (narrative or documentary)
Feature Screenplay

Our programmers will consider rough cuts and will judge the film accordingly. When submitting a rough cut, please provide details of the elements of your film still to be completed.

If your film contains non-English dialogue, we require that you include on-screen subtitles. If your film is mostly in English and you are intentionally leaving out subtitles for non-English dialogue, you do not need to provide on-screen subtitles.

All submissions will be informed of our Official Selection by April 25, 2022 and our Screening Guidelines will be sent to you selected filmmakers.