The Cannes Independent Film Festival is an online festival dedicated to low-budget indie filmmakers, running every May while the entire film industry gathers in Cannes, France.

CIFF is not at all connected with the Cannes Film Festival, but we run at the same time. 2023 will be our fourth year.

CIFF screens narrative features and documentaries, and short films in all genres.

Awards are given in all festival categories.

Entry Rules:
1. The Cannes Independent Film Festival is open to international films in one of the following categories:

Feature Film (Narrative or Documentary)

Short Film

Feature Screenplay

1. If selected to be showcased during the event, all screening copies must be received by April 30, 2022

2. Films which have been broadcast on Television, Cable or have had an international theatrical release prior to CIFF are NOT eligible for any competition but may be screened, out of competition.

3. All entrants certify that they have been given full rights to use any and all music in their films.

Award Categories:
1. All film entries will be considered for the Awards competition. Award winners will be selected by a panel of active film industry professionals. All films go through a screening process and are reviewed by at least two film industry professionals.

2. Winners agree to participate in the publicity for the Festival as well as other promotional events, including the website.

Accepted Filmmakers Or Screenwriters

1. Filmmakers or screenwriters accepted into CIFF – will receive the following:

2. CIFF nominees agree to participate in the publicity for the Festival as well as other promotional events, including website, social media, international press coverage and festival trailers.

Overall Rating
  • One of the most professional festival run by genuine lovers of cinema.

    July 2021
  • Ravi Chandra

    Thank you for hosting my film THE BANDAGED PLACE and for honoring our work with an award! Communication was great and I would definitely submit again.

    July 2021
  • Gloria J Browne-Marshall

    Thank you on behalf of our "Dreams of Emmett Till" creative team - winners of the Best Experimental film.

    July 2021
  • Michelle Arthur

    Such a great opportunity to showcase our work. This festival was a very nice experience for our films V&F and FATE'S SHADOW: THE WHOLE STORY. We highly recommend them.

    July 2021
  • Michael Boston

    Very grateful and happy to have been a part of CIFF. Let me just say, one of the qualities that stood out to me was the genuine kindness of Paul and his communication with all of us. Yes, the festival was online but he provided a real sense of community here. Terrific international quality films on the slate. Some festivals also tirelessly bombard filmmakers with too much of the same info and that was the opposite w/ CIFF. Everything was simplified for us. Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

    July 2021