At Madras Independent Film Festival, we are looking for unique and standout works of the independent film industry. Madras Independent Film Festival is the tool that every filmmaker needs, in order to showcase and get recognitions for their film.

We have created monthly editions to give continuity to the selection process and a steady feedback to the filmmakers. Filmmakers are immediately contacted if selected. Their work is privately screened every month and evaluated by a team of experts in the industry.

The officially selected project in each month receives Madras Independent Film Festival laurel and certificate.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Experimental Film
Best Screenplay
Best Music Video
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Thriller
Best Director
Best Editor
Best Cinematographer
Best Music Director
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Best SFX
Best Background Score
Best Colorist
Best Script
Best Music Video
Special Mention
Critics Choice
Outstanding Achievement

Submitting your film to the Madras Independent Film Festival is not a guarantee of selection. We treat every filmmaker equally. All the official selection, nominees and the winners will be listed on our website permanently.

Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles otherwise they will be summarily rejected.
Do not submit works in progress.
A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
A Filmmaker can submit multiple number of Entries.
All Film Entries should be submitted online only.
After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that your film has been appreciated by our judges of panel and you can use the festival logo on your poster.
Winners of each category will receive a laurel & certificate.
Any narrative work of fiction (including Animation films) with a running time of 45 minutes or less will be considered as Short film.
Any non-fiction work of film with a running time of 45 minutes or less will be considered as Documentary film.
Running time above 45 minutes (including Animation films) will be considered as Feature Film/ Feature Documentary. And it can be any duration.
For Screenplay contest, the Screenplay must be in English version with the original work of the author.
Less than 25 pages will be considered as Short script. And it can be any genre.
Above 25 pages will be considered as Feature script. And it can be any genre.
We accept any form of Web series and Music videos.

Overall Rating
  • Nara Karapetyan

    I am very happy with my participation in this amazing film festival. Thank you for choosing my film and appreciating my work, I will surely take part in your great festival next year!

    January 2023
  • Guntaj deep Singh

    Thanks to the MIFF team for constantly keeping in touch and for making the process so smooth throughout. I can't wait to watch other films in the festival. Amazing festival allowing submissions from indie filmmakers for the growth of cinema and story-telling.

    January 2023
  • It has been a great honour for us to be selected for your festival. We are amateur filmmakers and we are happy to share our work with others. Thank you for the effort you put into selecting and evaluating the many videos you receive from all over the world. A festival definitely to recommend to others. Ivan

    January 2023
  • I am frankly honoured that the awarded Festival Director Rathina Kumar and his team named my short screenplay under 25 pages 💥 Not All Is Lost💥 a FINALIST 🤩. A warm thanks 🙏

    January 2023
  • Komala Vasan

    One of the Best. Recommended.

    January 2023