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
  • I was thrilled and honoured to receive the best short documentary at Cannes independent film festival, So naturally I really would recommend this great festival to anybody who's interested in film making

    June 2023
  • Charlotte Brown

    Great festival competition. Thank you for including my short film "Seasoning of the Soul". Looking forward to future festivals.

    June 2023
  • Great to see a festival that is supporting experimental shorts! Also very pleased to have my collaborative project “BLANKET” be listed on the website as part of the online programming and ticket sales. More online festivals could follow this listing and promoting of filmmakers as an example.

    June 2023

    Very nicely done. Efficient and fast.

    May 2023
  • Bonne Jones

    Using Eventive was an inconvenience but the staff were incredibly helpful. However, the screening was absolutely terrible. It buffered every 10 seconds on average. No audience would bother to sit through the feature (I did because it was my work and wanted to see if it got better -it did not). I trust that this feedback is useful for your future events.
    Thank you very much for the opportunity to help indie artists.

    June 2023