IMDb qualifier’s the Cannes International Independent Film Festival (CIIFF) will be held from 1 to Octobre 3 2021, at the Espace Miramar in Cannes.

The announcement of our Cannes International Independent Film Festival- CIIFF 2021 on the Cannes City Hall website:

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, the annual Cannes Cinéma film program, Canneseries.

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.

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 provide a fee waiver.
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 via file hosting for in FullHD format ( MP4, .MOV), 24 or 25 frames, Codec H.264, Stereo 48kHz;
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. 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.
13. 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.
14. The submitters confirm that they have the right to publicly display the film, including images, music, texts, art and all that is in the copyright law
15. In case of force majeure circumstances, changes to the dates of the festival are provided.
16. Cannes International Independent Film Festival reserves the right to change our programming and event parties without notice.
17. Selected films will be screened at the Espace Miramar.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you very much to Cannes International Independent Film selected my documentary:La amable euforia de la danza as a Semi Finalist.
    This is a great film festival.

    April 2021
  • William Greenawalt

    It was such an honor to have our film a part of this festival! I can't wait to get another film ready for the one!

    January 2021
  • I love this Festival! I will come as soon as possible with my next short film.

    January 2021
  • Chloé Dupeyrat

    Un très bel accueil de la part de l’équipe et du jury du festival ! La qualité des films projetés était remarquable, donc une très belle sélection de films. Je tiens à complimenter l’organisation de ce festival qui s’est fait malgré les conditions sanitaires et à féliciter l’équipe qui a su monter le festival. Une sélection éclectique et diverse, une ambiance chaleureuse, une équipe adorable. Je suis honorée d’avoir eu le prix du meilleur film expérimental pour mon film « Ô ». J’espère participer à nouveau l’année prochaine.

    A very warm welcome from the festival team and jury ! The quality of the films shown was remarkable, so a very good selection of films. I would like to compliment the organization of this festival, which took place despite the sanitary conditions, and to congratulate the team who managed to set up the festival. An eclectic and diverse selection, a warm atmosphere, an adorable team. I am honored to have received the award for best experimental film for my film « Ô ». I hope to be a part of this festival again !

    January 2021
    Response from festival:

    Merci chère Chloé !


    Great job in promoting cinema

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much!