2024 Submissions Open

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2024 Submissions Open

Submissions are open for the 2024 International Festival of Winter Cinema.

Edmonton’s iconic International Festival of Winter Cinema (IFWC) returns to celebrate local and international winter, mountain and polar cinema on our giant snow screen! With a focus on films featuring Indigenous perspectives, winter life, snow (of course!) and our changing climate, we are the world’s only free outdoor all-winter film festival that pays screening fees.

Our seventh season will showcase short and feature films in conjunction with our programming partner, Silver Skate, Edmonton’s festival for winter sports, arts and culture, and recreation for the whole family. After a day at Silver Skate, join us, heated by blankets, hot chocolate or coffee, and fires, to watch the best in recent and classic local, Canadian, and international winter shorts and feature films.

IFWC 7 will continue to offer preferential programming of local films, including those that don’t necessarily include winter themes.


  • Winter Short Film
  • Longer Short Film
  • Feature Film
  • Local and Equitable Access Short Film
  • Local and Equitable Access Feature Film

For more information on our event, please visit our website ifwc.ca.

For full submission details and to submit, visit filmfreeway.com.

Regular submissions will be accepted until December 5, 2023. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at any time!

The IFWC is supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Cultural Human Resources Council, Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Screen Industries Office, Silver Skate Festival, Analog Brewing Company, Winter City Edmonton, YEGFilm, and many others.

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