The Mexico International Film Festival and Awards has become an important awards event within the film industry and a centerpiece for promoting and growing the thriving arts and culture community of Mexico. Founded on the premise that the language of film is universal and a dynamic force in bridging cultural understanding, the event celebrates and recognizes the very best of international independent cinema from around the world.

Held annually each June, the Mexico International Film Festival and Awards is an extraordinary celebration of cinematic discovery and innovation. Each year we honor the best from around the world in various competition categories including Feature Films, Documentaries, Short Films, Foreign Films, Mexican Films, a short and feature length Screenplay Competition, Music Videos, Experimental Films, Television Pilots, Environmental Films, and more. In addition, Special Jury Prizes are awarded to several standout films and screenplays at the discretion of the Official Jury.

The Mexico International Film Festival and Awards is an awards competition created as an internationally visible platform to provide exceptional films and filmmakers with recognition for their filmmaking and screenwriting achievements. Films will not be physically screened for the public. Once the Official Jury has concluded the judging process, winners and awards will be announced publicly on this website, via targeted email blast, via our social networks, and to the international film and entertainment media via Internet promotional channels.

The Mexico International Film Festival and Awards recognizes the works of international filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, and artists from around the world.

Screenplay Competition:
The Mexico International Film Festival and Awards proudly supports the craft of screenwriting by discovering and recognizing important new talent through our annual Screenplay Competition. The Screenplay Competition features both a feature and short length screenplay competition. Top screenplays in the competition are awarded based on the quality and originality of the work. The Mexico International Film Festival and Awards seeks to discover and award new and original voices in screenwriting from around the globe.

We look forward to viewing your work and wish you the best in competition in the Mexico International Film Festival and Awards!

Awards:
Awards are given in several categories including Feature, Documentary, Short, Foreign, Animation, Music Video, Student, Direction, Acting, Screenwriting, Television Pilot, and Best of Mexico and more. The Grand Jury Prize and Special Jury Prizes will be presented to the best film in competition as selected by our Official Jury.

Golden Palm Awards

Grand Jury Award

Awarded to the best film in competition among all categories.

Best Feature Film
Awarded to the best feature-length narrative film in competition.

Best Short Film
Awarded to the best short film in competition.

Best Foreign Short
Awarded to the best foreign short narrative or documentary from around the world.

Best Documentary Feature
Awarded to the best documentary film in competition.

Best Director
Awarded for the most innovative and impressive directing in the festival.

Best Screenplay
Awarded for the best screenplay mong all categories.

Best Actor / Actress
Awarded for the best acting performances among all categories.

Best Student Film
Awarded to the best student film in the festival.

Best Experimental Film
Awarded to the best experimental film in the festival.

Best of Mexico
The best Latin film in competition.

Best Animation
The best animated film in the festival.

Best Children's Film
The best family or children's film in the festival.

Best Music Video
Awarded to the best music video in competition.

Screenplay Competition
Best Screenplay 1st Place
Best Screenplay 2nd Place
Best Screenplay 3rd Place
10 Official Finalists will also be recognized from among all entries.

Short Screenplay Competition
Best Screenplay 1st Place
Best Screenplay 2nd Place
Best Screenplay 3rd Place
10 Official Finalists will also be recognized from among all entries.

DVDs and submission materials will not be returned.

For preview purposes, we can view your film on DVD, BluRay, Digital File, or online via an external link to websites such as YouTube or Vimeo.

DVD's and submission materials be clearly labeled with film title and contact information.

Once the Official Jury has concluded the judging process, winners and awards will be announced publicly on this website, via targeted email blast, via our social networks, and to the international film and entertainment media via Internet promotional channels.

The festival kindly asks that any awards won be mentioned in the projects' promotional materials, although it is not a requirement

More than one entry may be submitted. Each project must be submitted separately with its own completed entry form.

Filmmaker will assume shipping costs of entry materials to the Mexico International Film Festival.

Titles produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles.

Entrants must assume all responsibility for clearing films and submissions materials through U.S. and foreign customs officials.

Mexico International Film Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in event scheduling.

Accepted DVD formats are NTSC, PAL, Region 1 or region free. Please mark clearly on the disc and DVD case if format is not NTSC, Region 1 or region free.

The Mexico International Film Festival and Awards has transitioned from a traditional film festival format to an online awards competition that serves as a platform to provide exceptional films and filmmakers with recognition for their filmmaking and screenwriting achievements. Films will not be screened for the public.

You agree to indemnify and hold us and our employees, owners, affiliates, partners, and subsidiaries harmless from all claims and liability arising from your entry or participation in the Mexico International Film Festival.

All submissions must fill out the official entry form application. Once you finish all required fields on the official entry form, please mail or email it to us making sure to include your submission.

By submitting your film into competition in the Mexico International Film Festival you agree that you have read, accept, will abide by all rules and regulations.

If you have any questions please email us and we will return your query right away.

Best of luck in the competition!

Screenplay Competition Rules:
If a submission involves two or more writers as applicants, the award will be shared among them.

Awards are based on overall merits of the screenplays.

Entry fee is nonrefundable.

Entrants retain all rights to their screenplays.

Screenplays must be original work, however, adaptations are accepted.

More than one entry may be submitted. Each must be submitted separately with a completed entry form.

Script materials will not be returned.

The selection committees' and juries' decisions are final.

Once the Official Jury has concluded the judging process, screenplay competition winners will be announced on this website and via Internet promotional channels. There will be no physical awards ceremony.

Screenwriters will assume shipping costs, if any, of entry materials to the Mexico International Film Festival.

Entrants must assume all responsibility for clearing mailed-in submissions through U.S. and foreign customs officials.

Mexico International Film Festival and Awards reserves the right to make any necessary changes in event scheduling.

Accepted screenplay formats are PDF, Word, Final Draft, Word, and Movie Magic.

You agree to indemnify and hold us and our employees, owners, affiliates, partners, and subsidiaries harmless from all claims and liability arising from your entry or participation in the Mexico International Film Festival and Awards.

All submissions must fill out the official entry form application. Once you finish all required fields on the official entry form, please mail or email it to us making sure to include your submission.

By submitting your screenplay into competition in the Mexico International Film Festival and Awards you agree that you have read, accept, will abide by all rules and regulations.

If you have any questions please email us at and we will return your query right away.

Best of luck in the competition!

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  • Amy-Joyce Hastings

    Delighted for our short film QED to be awarded a Golden Palm for Narrative Short, and thank you to the festival for the beautiful certificate. A well worthwhile experience with warm communication from the festival.

    June 2018
  • Shaktiraj Jadeja

    Dear friends, It fills my heart with great joy that my film In Search Of Indigo was selected and it won. Thank you very, very much. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend the event, as i am in India, a very long way from where you are:). I'm sure I missed a great festival and a big opportunity to interact with all of you who attended.

    June 2018
  • John McCarney

    Very good. Responsive. Would enter again.

    June 2018
  • Steven Williams

    It was a honour to be selected for MIFF and to have won Best first time film maker a first for that title , this has helped my feature documentary Urine Aid get greater exposure into other festivals and also on other platforms. thanks for the support

    June 2018
  • Linda Nash

    Thank you so much for your wonderful award. Hope Mexico gets to hear the song!

    May 2018