For 7 Years we have been running the Madrid International Film Festival in the City of Madrid, we offer filmmakers that attend the festival great networking opportunities, we have for many year had the support from industry professionals, they are on hand to talk with you about all aspects of the business of film, because we are a small festival you will have access to these people all free of any charge, we screen all in one location all the panels the networking any meetings all is in one location, we have in past years had different locations but found it better to keep everything together, all the festival is free, the screenings, the networking, the meetings the panels all is free to all filmmaker and there guests many filmmakers promote there movie before they arrive, we promote your films as part of the schedule daily, we do have some members of the public, but not in all screenings, we are a free small festival, we make one charge that is the awards night, this is a 6 to 7 hour awards night that includes dinner and is a celebration of film, however we do not insist you join us at the awards night all parts of the festival remain free, we have no sponsor and this one charge help all other parts of the festival to be free we feel the Madrid International Film Festival is one of the greatest and most popular festivals in Europe. This naturally fills our festival with a wealth of talent from around the world.

For over 7 hugely successful years, we have been helping filmmakers find distribution and funding for their next filmmaking venture. Year after year, we are praised by filmmakers for the opportunities that unlock upon entering and participating in our festival.

There is ample opportunity to attend networking events, industry professional talk panels, workshops, guest speaker events, film premieres, financing talks, director Q&A's, film screenings and to socialize with like-minded creatives from all walks of life. All of this is neatly wrapped in a week-long showcasing of films where our strong community supports any and every film, from first-time artists to seasoned creators.

Our prestigious awards ceremony concludes the festival in high fashion with a 5-course gala dinner to celebrate our nominees and winners.

We are a unique festival that provides a real platform for filmmakers to meet, network and do business during the festival week.

We have built a small but exceptional network of industry professionals that will look at all films entered and will give business and commercial advice. We have many success stories where attending distributors have made offers to the filmmakers, launching them and their work into the marketplace. We have the people and skills in our professional team to make this happen.

We can create a ripple for your movie to be seen around the world. It all starts here by entering today.

Prestigious Trophy Award!

At our gala dinner awards ceremony, winners from each of our categories walk away with a prestigious trophy award to mark their talents and achievements in film.

The Madrid International Film Festival has as its objective the promotion of cinematographic art by presenting films of quality and entertainment. The Madrid International Film Festival is an annual event based in the City of Madrid in Spain; it is possible that each film nominated may be presented more than once.

Feature films, documentaries and short subjects of any genre on video and DVD are selected by invitation from entries to the festival.

Entries must have been produced within the last four years. All films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English, we also welcome but it is not compulsory to have Spanish as well as English subtitles were the film is in neither English or Spanish to increase the possible markets, unless dialogue or commentary is unnecessary for comprehension and appreciation. In the exceptional event that an unsubtitled print is accepted, English and Spanish dialogue lists are required.

The Madrid International Film Festival reserves the right to use excerpts from submitted work for promotional purposes only . If your submission is officially selected, the festival may screen your film as part of their activities to assist in the sale of your movie for up to 12 months after the festival date

The Festival is open to the public as well as attending distribution and sales professionals. We work with a number of accredited national and international press working with the screening venues in Madrid, we have TV buyers and film buyers and distributors also attending, you will if your film is nominated have one to one meetings if you wish to talk business on your movie.

Official or professional national organisations and individuals may submit feature and short films to the Festival. Films submitted for pre-selection should arrive no later than 10th April 2019 and must be shipped as per instructions above. All shipping costs of films must be borne by the sender. Please note: it is not possible for us to return any DVD or tapes, but can be collected by you at the festival... It is the Madrid International Film Festival's policy not to offer comments and reasons for films not selected for the programme.

By submitting your film you are agreeing to the Madrid International Film Festival screening your film during the Festival and using your film for promotional purposes, as well as all the above regulations.

Overall Rating
  • Pablo Francischelli

    FilmFreeway asks me how was it to me and I just don't know how to answer cause we didn't have any feedback from the organization of this Festival.

    September 2018
  • Daniel Gil Etola

    Great Festival! It is a real festival. Attending the festival was a great experience.

    August 2018
  • Matthew Sauve

    I’ve been to approximately 30 film festivals over the past 2 years. The Madrid International Film Festival is one of the best ones I’ve ever attended. Everything was so well organized and professionally done. This is a festival you do not want to miss. I made some very meaningful industry connections and met new friends for life for having attended this festival. The awards night was simply the best I’ve ever seen!!! It reminded me of the Golden Globes as it was the real deal with a 5 star dinner and a proper host for the evening. Maybe next year they can get Ricky Gervias. I highly recommend this festival to anyone looking to advance their film career.

    August 2018
  • Alberto Corredor Marina

    My impression is that this festival has a good platform to become something really good as there are no really well-known film festivals in Madrid that I can recall, and they have been running it for a while. But at the moment it feels almost like a corporate event (probably as you don't leave the Hotel at all and all films are shown there) and the organizers seem to be a bit too oriented towards the financial aspect of the festival. For example, being the screening free for the general public, it wasn't unusual to screen to empty rooms or just a handful of viewers. The festival doesn't promote the films (or the screening) so it is the sole responsibility of the filmmakers to promote their movie or nobody would know there are movies to be watched there. I think if they focus on promoting the festival to the general public for next editions (and maybe if they get a cinema as the screening venue) they could become a well-known festival.

    August 2018
    Madrid r
    Response from festival:

    Dear Alberto

    I spend thousands promoting the festival, not only with a dedicated employee but advertising in news papers and across social media, we are a business, the hotel is free to you and all filmmakers, but it is not free to us, to many festival run without care to cost, we offer filmmakers a platform and you have picked up on the benefits to being part of this 8 year event, we offer direct access to distribution ad people in the industry that can make real change to lives as we have to many filmmakers over these years, we continue to grow and promote the festival in Madrid.
    Carl Tooney President Madrid International Film Festival

  • Alex Sultoon

    Very enjoyable festival and well worth staying for the whole week to meet all the filmmakers and attend the events. Banner, interview and awards night all highly recommended and run by a lovely team.

    August 2018