In September the Niagara Falls International Film Festival held their second annual gala event. And while the end credits have hardly finished rolling, it is time to get ready for next year and a new selection of films.

With that the NFIFF has opened the canister and is now accepting submissions for the third annual Film Festival next September.

The NFIFF is looking to bring the best in entertainment and to celebrate the iconic region to not only recognize the region, but to off videofiles the best in film.

Noting that the Festival has grown since it first year, NFIFF Founder and President Bill Cowell said that there are already some exciting events in the planning stages for next year.

Since its inception, the NFIFF has presented four Stars for the upcoming Walk of Fame to be installed on Old Falls Street, presented the Icon of Industry Award to Sam Fuller (accepted by his widow and daughter), presented the Legacy Award to Academy Award winning actor Louis Gossett Jr who was in attendance, a presentation of the Humanitarian Award to Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia in honour of his military service and brought some of the top names in the industry to Niagara Falls.

The NFIFF also presents several awards for the Best of the Best of its film entries including Best Narrative Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature Film, the People’s Choice Feature Film Award (an audience voted award), Best Short Narrative Film, Best Short Documentary, Rising Talent Award, Best Cinematography, Best Actor and Actress Awards, Most Promising Filmmaker, Humanitarian Award, Legacy Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Filmmakers and directors interested in submitting films for the 2020 NFIFF can go to:

Submissions for the NFIFF open January 15 with an early bird deadline on February 15, and end on March 15. There is a late entry deadline of April 15 and an extended deadline of May 15. The final date for entries is June 15.

Submissions are available in two categories – feature films (45 minutes or longer) and short film (less than 45 minutes). While the NFIFF prefers debut submissions, previously screened films are permitted. The film’s submitter must own the rights to the film and not violate any copyrights. If selected for submission, screening copies of the film must be presented for screening in a timely manner.

The 2020 NFIFF will be held September 9-12.