An international celebration of cultural diversity and independent thought, CIFF takes place every September in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Screening the best-of-the-best films from moviemakers hailing from more than 100 countries around the world, CIFF offers prizes for Best Canadian Feature, Best International Feature, Best Documentary, People’s Choice as well as several shorts awards. CIFF is also home to the Mavericks competition for emerging filmmakers, which has a prize of $25,000.