Madrid International Short Film Festival began as a small group. At first, there were three filmmakers and one producer who started working in their small office in one of the most populous neighborhoods in Madrid so that they could establish a new local film competition and award the best films and best directors with a small financial aid. After holding a few editions of the competition, they decided to expand their work and establish a film festival that corresponds to the international scene.

At this festival, there's only one goal: Watching and introducing great films. Watching great films via online screenings, listening to great film scores, getting mesmerized by performances, being lost in extraordinary cinematography, and reading carefully constructed scripts. Our only goal is to introduce, promote and support unique works of art, without any spatial, temporal, financial, or age limits. This is the place to introduce the best to the world.
So if you think you are among the best, join us on this journey.

We offer multiple categories for films, scripts, music videos, and shows. The winners will be announced and featured on our website, and will receive an official certificate and laurel, a shoutout on our Instagram page, and, in some cases where appropriate, will be introduced to film distributors and companies, pending interest from the latter groups.

This is a great opportunity for independent artists to showcase their work and their talent and get seen by a wider audience, both film enthusiasts and professionals in the business.

The Coronavirus pandemic has made things difficult for both artists and festivals, but we are trying our best to connect the world of filmmakers/artists and film enthusiasts, and it has proven to be somehow successful so far. Let's keep on keeping on.

By submitting your film for consideration to the Madrid International Short Film Festival (“MISFF”) in accordance with the procedures outlined below, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and voluntarily agreed to abide by these Filmmaker Terms and Conditions.

MISFF values the health and safety of all Festival participants, audience members, staff, and volunteers and takes their well-being seriously, especially in view of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. To protect the audience, filmmaker, staff, and volunteer health and safety and comply with any applicable orders or guidelines issued by the authorities, CIFF reserves the right to go online for now, as it is the case at the moment.

All filmmakers or other film-rights holders who submit films for consideration for MISFF must do so using FilmFreeway. As FilmFreeway users, all Applicants, therefore, agree to be bound by the FilmFreeway Terms of Service for Filmmakers, Screenwriters, and Non-Festivals.

All films submitted to FilmFreeway must be in the form of an online-screener or Vimeo link. If a link is password protected, then the password must be valid, otherwise, your submission will be considered INVALID and will be DISQUALIFIED with no entry-fee refund.

Films whose productions were completed after June 1, 2017, are eligible for submission to MISFF.

There are no premiere restrictions for MISFF submissions. Films that have been previously screened online in an official ticketed-festival capacity are eligible for MISFF submission.

Submission fees for MISFF increase over time. Early submissions are therefore encouraged. For further details, please see the Dates & Deadlines and Categories & Fees sections on MISFF's FilmFreeway page.

Overall Rating
  • Catherine Gropper

    A really supportive and cutting edge fest for short films especially. Honored to have been awarded for Eternal Chances . Also received honorable mentions for other selected shorts . Highly recommend . Great city !!

    October 2022
  • Michael Grant and Stephanie Katherine Grant

    The entire festival experience has been wonderful! The entire staff was very attentive and made the virtual festival feel very welcoming. We are so grateful to Madrid Shorts for awarding our film "Kepley" Best Narrative Short!

    September 2022
  • Marion Brogyanyi

    What a delighted feeling - thank you for a honorable mention for my documentary "the first 8 weeks after the last 8 years" a warm communication from the first contact, and it´s a great experience, to know, that people pay attention to our work and make it possible to let small independent films been screened. muchas gracias!

    September 2022
  • Vanessa Powers

    It was an honor to be a part of this festival - we got to screen with lots of great films, and even won an award. Thumbs up!

    September 2022
  • Richard A. Pines

    Excellent communication!! Thank you it was a pleasure and honor thank you again!! Apache Girl-Honorable Mention!!

    September 2022