The 2nd annual Cannes International Independent Film Festival (CIIFF) will be held from October 17 to 19, 2021 at Espace Miramar on the Croisette.
On the corner of La Croisette and Pasteur street, between the fashionable Carlton and Martinez hotels. Espace Miramar is a privileged venue for international cultural events.
Various famous events take place here throughout the year, such as the Semaine de la critique, the Actor’s performance festival, P'tits Cannes à You and the annual Cannes Cinéma film program.

CIIFF is consolidating filmmakers from around the world for a wonderful presentation of cinematography and the unveiling of new directorial talent.

Submissions are open for shorts, feature narratives, documentaries and animation as even experimental films and music video. Have your film screened in the heart of festival-land Cannes, French Riviera.

The heart of the festival will be our scope of extraordinary film programming.

Our 1st festival in Cannes Mairie Agenda:

All films of the finalists will compete for awards in the following categories of nominations:

International Award:

Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Composer
Best Actress
Best Actor
Grand Prize Short Film
Grand Prize Feature Film
Grand Prize Animation
Grand Prize Documentary
Grand Prize Experimental Film
Grand Prize Music Video

National French Award:

Grand Prize Short Film
Grand Prize Feature Film
Grand Prize Animation
Grand Prize Documentary
Grand Prize Experimental Film
Grand Prize Music Video

Silk Road Award (Silk Road's Countries):

Grand Prize Short Film
Grand Prize Feature Film
Grand Prize Animation
Grand Prize Documentary
Grand Prize Experimental Film
Grand Prize Music Video

We do not accept:
1. Amateur videos, promo videos;
2. Films with a poor production quality: bad sound, bad montage, lack of subtitles for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD;
3. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations, as well as pornographic films

For all Categories:

1. Attending this competition implies acceptance of its rules and its decision, which is final, and the waiver of any claims;
2. Submissions are accepted through FilmFreeway;
3. Submission fee's are nonrefundable;
4. The organization of Cannes International Independent Film Festival accepts no legal responsibility for the films in competition and its contents;
5. Submitting your film does not guarantee festival acceptance or screening. Acceptance into the competition does not guarantee award or prize.
6. All films must be presented in their original language with English subtitle. However, once a film will accepted for the screening, it must abide to the following rules to accommodate our viewing public:
Films in English must contain French subtitles.
Films in French must contain English subtitles.
Films containing a third language must contain subtitles in both French and English;
7. The film selected for the competition must be sent in FullHD format (.MP4, .MOV or .MKV) via file hosting for;
8. We accept all films in any genre;
9.Premiere status is not required. .
10. Submission of several films is permitted. Each submission requires an entry fee.
11. All films must have been completed after 1 January 2018.
12. Short film entries must not exceed a running time of 30 minutes.
13. All filmmakers accept that if their film is selected for competition, they grant permission for the Cannes International Independent Film Festival to screen the film, as well as part of the film (a few seconds) for the festival's promotional trailer.
14. To participate in the Cannes International Independent Film Festival, submitted films must comply with current legislation regarding copyright and the right to privacy of individuals. Therefore, participants guarantee that the films submitted to the festival do not violate current legislation regarding exploitation rights, rights to honour, privacy or image or intellectual property rights and / or industrial and / or any other third party rights.
15. The submiters confirm that they have the right to publicly display the film, including images, music, texts, art and all that is in the copyright law
16. In case of force majeure circumstances, changes to the dates of the festival are provided.
17. Cannes International Independent Film Festival reserves the right to change our programming and event parties without notice.
18. Selected films will be screened at Espace Miramar.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you very much for everything and thank you again for giving us the opportunity getting up till the Semi Finals with my film As the Wave broke. Wishing all the Best. Stay safe, Kindly Alexandra

    October 2020
  • Great experience as well deserved

    October 2020
  • Sirad Balducci

    The Canne International Independent Film Festival was fantastic. A great mixture of films, everyone was lovely to work with. We only wish we could have been there in person! Thanks for all of your hard work!-Producer-Generation Lockdown

    October 2020
  • Jennifer Ille

    Great communication, very friendly and great films!

    October 2020
  • Dr. Chandrasekar Seshadri Thoguluva

    Excellent festival. Very well conducted, great opening and closing ceremonies! And great videos too.

    October 2020