Recently named as "Up and Coming Film Fest" by New Hampshire Magazine's "Best of New Hampshire" issue, the Monadnock International Film Festival (MONIFF) showcases high quality independent cinema every April in the beautiful Monadnock Region, known for its vibrant arts culture and Mt. Monadnock, one of the world's most climbed mountains. 2019 will mark the seventh annual festival to be held from April 26-28 in downtown Keene, a college town known for its wide and picturesque Main Street and neighboring Peterborough, a quintessential small New England town known as the artistic home of The MacDowell Colony and Peterborough Players.

MONIFF features award-winning films on the festival circuit, both domestic and foreign, along with premieres of regionally produced films by New Hampshire and New England filmmakers. Our mission is to celebrate independent films by offering audiences compelling stories from here at home and around the world, exposing them to diverse cultures, lifestyles, and points of view. We screen narrative and documentary feature-length films as well as animated, narrative, and documentary shorts. Films are screened in the historic 880-seat Colonial Theatre in downtown Keene as well as the Putnam Theatre at Keene State College and the Peterborough Community Theatre. We bring guest filmmakers to our festival to engage with audiences in lively Q&A discussions after screenings and participate on film industry panels. Every night, film-goers and filmmakers have the chance to mingle at after parties held in downtown restaurants, enjoying fine food and live music.

The highlight of our festival on Saturday night is the Jonathan Daniels awards ceremony, honoring Keene's Civil Rights hero and given to a filmmaker whose film combines artistic excellence with an awareness around a timely social issue. Our first year recipient was renowned filmmaker and local resident Ken Burns for his documentary, "Central Park Five". Other recipients include Brian Oakes, director of "Jim: The James Foley Story"; Beth Murphy, director of "What Tomorrow Brings"; and Talya Tibbon, director of "Sky and Ground". At the Saturday night ceremony, we also give Audience Choice awards to Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, and Best Documentary Feature.

Attendees vote by paper ballots for three Audience Choice Awards:
(1) Best Documentary Short
(2) Best Narrative Short
(3) Best Documentary Feature, sponsored by Florentine Films
Each winner receives a trophy. The short film winners receive a $500 cash award, the Florentine Films Documentary Feature receives a $1,000 cash award and the Jonathan Daniels Award filmmaker receives a $1,000 cash award.

Entries must be submitted online, through FilmFreeway's online screener option.

Films must have been completed no earlier than January 2016.

We accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. However, TV, theatrical, online video, other festivals, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each.

Students must include proof of student status (copy of student ID) at the time of production.

Programming decisions will be made by March 1 and selected entrants notified.

If your film is selected, we reserve the right to determine the time and date for the screening of your film. Selection for screening will be determined no later than one month prior to the festival.

PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS:If your film is accepted, you'll be asked to provide digital press materials that include a short synopsis, filmmaker credits, digital stills from the film, a trailer, and a printed poster that's 27x40.

FORMATS: Acceptable formats include DCP and Blu Ray disc. The festival requests DVD and/or Blu Ray disc backup copies to accompany all exhibition formats.

All submissions arriving via mail post must be in DVD region 1 or 0 format NTSC

Foreign language films must be made available with English subtitles.

For international submissions outside the U.S., filmmakers must write on the package: "NO commercial value - for cultural purposes only."

MONIFF is not responsible for customs fees and other charges.

Submitters of accepted films agree to pay for shipping the exhibition copy of their film to MONIFF to arrive to the festival by the date requested by the technical team, usually three weeks prior to the festival. MONIFF covers return shipping of accepted films' exhibition copies and backup materials only. MONIFF does not return marketing materials such as posters or postcards after the conclusion of the festival.

All entry fees paid are non-refundable.

By submitting your film for consideration to the 2017 Monadnock International Film Festival, you acknowledge that you have full authority to do so, that the film is cleared for potential festival exhibition, and that you accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein.

Submitting your film to us constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2017 Monadnock International Film Festival. If your film is accepted to be part of the program, you will do your best to work with us to have the filmmakers and/or actors attend the festival to present the film to our audience.

The Monadnock International Film Festival is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

You shall also indemnify and hold harmless the Monadnock International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reasons of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening media entered.

Overall Rating
  • Frictive Pictures

    In 2018 we attended the Monadnock International Film Festival for our second consecutive year and plan to continue this trend in the future. It's incredible to see the way this festival can rally the public and filmmakers alike to come together to celebrate film. We have built some wonderful relationships with organizers, filmmakers, and the community that have helped broaden our careers and expand our knowledge of filmmaking. The Monadnock International Film Festival embodies the spirit of filmmaking and would receive our highest recommendation to all artists.

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the glowing review. We loved having you and your director here for the festival for the second year in a row. You've made many friends here and we look forward to having you back again!

  • Jon Dewar

    I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Monadnock International Film Festival in 2017 with my then latest short film. This was undoubtedly one of my favorite festival experiences. The organizers, programmers, filmmakers, and community of Keene were incredibly welcoming and eager to celebrate film. I met several other filmmakers and industry professionals that I continue to stay in contact with. Between the quality of films, unique venue, enthusiasm of the community, industry panels, and festive after-parties, the Monadnock International Film Festival would receive my highest recommendation.

    October 2017
  • Ilina Perianova

    We were very happy to be part of the festival with the short film Snowgirl. Sadly we couldn't attend, but it was an honor!

    May 2017