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 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 other parts of the festival remain 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.

Our Madrid International Film Festival is all held in one convenient location; All of the screenings, workshops, meetings, networking, industry professionals, Awards Night and even hotel rooms. That means that we will always be there, supporting you and your project from before the Festival starts to the closing ceremony. So we won’t be hard to find, or difficult to locate, we know how important it is for Festival organisers to be on hand and to supply that all important personal touch. How do we know? We know because we already have huge experience in running other Film Festivals and from that we also know how to make it a better experience for you. With us, it will be.

Independent filmmakers and creatives face many challenges; the large competition for viewers’ attention, finding funding and getting a distributor can only be overcome by the industry coming together and creating opportunities for those who need and deserve it. Our Festival’s aim are to create an opportunity for filmmakers to show their work to the right audience at our intimate and relaxing events, and get one step closer to success by receiving recognition for their art.

For over 8 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, is a great festival for networking, for screening for industry professionals to be on hand, feel free to meet free of charge industry professionals talk about your film, or how to get a script produced, if they can help they will, a international Film Festival that 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 1st April 2021 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.

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  • April Phillips

    I wish I could have attended - it looks like it was a wonderful event; welcoming and supportive of filmmakers. Thanks for the selection and nominations. Great festival in a gorgeous city.

    December 2019
  • Keishi Suenaga

    Madrid IFF is a good film festival.
    Film Festival staff is all very friendly.
    Hospitality for guests is great.
    I want to go be sure next time.

    November 2019
  • Ben Cheung

    My gratitude to the organizer for holding this event, so a bunch of filmmakers can meet, chat, and networking with each-other. Keep it up, and I am very looking forward to be here again

    November 2019
  • Pino Pullella

    Madrid International film festival, is a class film festival, with a mix of awesome and very high quality level films, it was great to meet so many good talented filmmakers from around the world, great networking, professional on hand all week for advice, great event and amazing staff.

    November 2019
  • Jan Vardøen

    I attended this festival a couple of years ago and left immediately. It is my eyes quite obviously a scam, based on giving the impression of being a "real" festival. The films are screened on tvs in empty conference rooms, basically just to fulfil the promise of being actually "screened". The arrangers have several similar festivals around the world where the modus operandi is the same. They are making their money from submission fees, tie-ins with hotels, dinner paties you have to pay extra for, etc, etc. I would be very surprised if the arrangers have any particular interest in film, but have found a way to generate money without being sued, by fulfilling their promises in the most basic way possible. I think it is a shame that FilmFreeway tacitly endorse them by allowing them to use this site. I would advise you to check out the Hollywood Reporter article"People Can Be Exploited": How Below-the-Radar Film Festivals Prey on Struggling Moviemakers and just stay away from these obvious shysters.

    November 2019