Mexico City Independent Film Fest seeks to become a place where public, filmmakers, producers, critics and other professionals of the film industry can exchange different views, and activate alternative exhibition venues in the country's capital. Its mission is to disseminate contemporary proposals whose production is not related to major film studios, promote the film culture and program films with a difficult theatrical exhibition.

Best film
Audience Award

Mexico City Independent Film Fest calls national and foreigners filmmakers to register their works to the sixth edition, which will take place from July 13 to 16, 2023.

Will be considered mexican or foreigners works (documentary, fiction or hybrids), completed in 2021-2023, with a maximum runtime of 34 minutes (including end credits). Films made in any technique could apply, including animation.

Feature & Medium-length Films
National or international fiction feature and medium-length films (documentary, fiction or hybrids), with a runtime of more than 35 minutes, completed in 2021-2023.

Music videos, commercial works, films in whose production has been involved a major studio, or that have been distributed on DVD, Bluray or online for free without a password are not allowed. Films that have been available for a limited time on a streaming platform, product of the competition of another festival are allowed.

Besides international films, it is the interest of the festival to promote Mexican and Latin American cinema, especially which has to do with contemporary proposals that explores both technical and aesthetic ideas and address problems that affect us as individuals and societies.

Works will be received from the time of publication of the call for entries and until 23 hours (Mexico-City central time) of 21 May, 2023.

Entries must be submitted in their original language, with subtitles in Spanish or English if needed. If selected, the film must have subtitles in either of these two languages.

The festival will award a prize for best film. Additional prizes of sponsors of the festival may be granted. The Jury will be entitled to award other special mentions that they deemed.

The works to form part of each section will be chosen by a selection committee, whose decision is final. Please consider that the selection of the festival will consist mostly of shortfilms and medium-length films.

Selected works could be part of national and international exhibitions during 2023 and 2024. By participating, the applicant also accepts the use of materials, frames or segments of the piece registered for the dissemination and development of other printed or electronic materials such as invitations, posters, banners, postcards or virtual catalog.

Exhibition formats during the festival could be DCP, Bluray or Digital Copy (Apple ProRes 422 or H.264). Under no circumstances participants will be paid for any rights to exhibit the submitted work (screening fees).

The festival may have hybrid presentations, so participants agree to also exhibit their work online through a streaming service during the festival dates.

The list of selected films will be published in the official website of the festival on June 04, 2023.

Registration of works to the Mexico City Independent Film Fest constitutes acceptance of the rules of this call and renunciation of any claim or legal action against the Festival, their representatives or affiliates.

Any matter not specified in this call will be resolved by the organizers.

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Overall Rating
  • Gran festival, un honor haber sido parte de la Selección Oficial. La lluvia hizo que se cancelara una de las proyecciones en la Cineteca Nacional, lo cual fue una verdadera lástima. Espero la puedan reprogramar.

    August 2022
  • Cristian Diaz Cruz

    Muy buena comunicación, una gran selección de peliculas y cortometrajes, me siento muy afortunado de haber sido parte del festival, desgraciadamente algunas proyecciones se tuvieron que posponer debido al la lluvia pero fuera de eso estuvo todo increible.

    July 2022
  • Being part of this festival was smooth and easy. Unfortunately being at the other end of the world during a pandemic meant that I couldn't attend, but the communication and friendliness was spot on. Thanks so much to everyone, Cass

    July 2021
  • mostrosTV .

    Muy feliz de haber sido parte de este festival, puro, sin mierda, sin mamonerias.
    Gracias de parte de la C.I.A.

    July 2020
  • Bea de Visser

    Perfect! Nice people. Thanks for screening my film 'The animal that therefore I am'.

    July 2020