THE BEST OF CIFF: OUR Awards

Going into its 23rd year, the 11-day Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) has grown to be the biggest film festival in Alberta and the sixth-largest in Canada.  CIFF showcases 175+ short and feature-length multi-genre films, from Canada and around the world.

With Academy Award® accreditation and juried cash prizes, CIFF is a world-class celebration of cinema’s best and brightest. 

2022 FESTIVAL JURY AWARDS

$10,000 CAD RBC Emerging Canadian Artist: This juried award is given to the Canadian director who creates the best first or second narrative feature film.

$5,000 CAD DGC Best Canadian Documentary: This juried award is given to the Canadian director who creates the best documentary in the section. Presented by Directors Guild Canada.

$1,000 CAD Best International Narrative Feature: This juried award is given to the international director who creates the best narrative cinema from around the globe (U.S. & International).

$1,000 CAD Best International Documentary Feature: This juried award is given to the international director who creates the most compelling non-fiction cinema from around the globe (U.S. & International).

Shorts in Competition: 

$2,500 CAD Grand Jury Prize for Short Film: This juried award is given to the best overall short film at the festival and also qualifies the winner for consideration in the appropriate category of the Academy Awards®, without the standard theatrical run that a film typically needs to qualify for an Oscar® nomination.

$1,000 CAD Devon Bolton Memorial Award for Best Alberta Short Film: Provincial competition for films under 40 minutes.

$500 CAD Best Youth by Youth Canada Short Film + up to $18,000 scholarship to Vancouver Film School: High-school or under 18 student competition for films under 30 minutes.

$1,000 CAD Best Live Action Short Film: International competition for Live-Action narrative films under 40 minutes. 

$1,000 CAD Best Animated Short Film: International competition for Animated films under 40 minutes. 

$1,000 CAD Best Documentary Short Film: International competition for Documentary films under 40 minutes.

$1,000 CAD Best Student Short Film: Post-Secondary Student competition for films under 40 minutes.

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2022 CIFF AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS - PRESENTED BY TELUS

The best of the fest decided by the fans themselves! Most films at the festival are eligible for our Audience Awards and are based on the collective score of the audience ballots collected at each screening online and in-cinema.

 

Feature Film Awards: Alberta Feature, Canadian Narrative, Canadian Documentary, International Narrative, International Documentary, Late Show, Music on Screen, Generation Next and Special Presentations.

Short Film Awards: Alberta, Documentary, Live Action and Animated

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THE DEVON BOLTON MEMORIAL Award for best alberta short film

Devon Bolton Award

Devon Bolton, along with his filmmaking and business partner sibling Kirsten, won Best Alberta Short at CIFF 15 years ago this year for their short film Shipwrecked. After CIFF, Shipwrecked would go on to be an official selection at over 25 international film festivals around the world, winning Best Short at five, including a BAFTA. It also screened at MOMA in New York and The National Gallery in Washington D.C.

The siblings went on to another award-winning short and were in development on four feature films in addition to their careers in commercials, videos, and branding. Devon was a self-taught filmmaker, respected creative marketing lead, and director, who was also skilled in cinematography, editing, visual effects, and colour grading. He was known and admired by colleagues, crew, and partners as a visionary talent and would often attract the same crews, agencies, and clients to work with him time and again. He was also known, however, to give newcomers some of their first opportunities in the industry – from actors to composers to animators. He loved to mentor.
In December 2019, after a long battle with mental health issues, Devon took his own life at the age of 47. It caught many by surprise. This award is being founded in his honour to help motivate local filmmakers to continue to pursue their dreams, shine a light on mental health in the creative communities, and celebrate the importance of mentorship.