The MONROVIA FILM FESTIVAL is an interactive event, showcasing a diverse and inspirational program of short films and documentaries from regional and international filmmakers and highlighting an array of creative and acclaimed guests. Starting with a Private Guest Lounge and extending through the captivating streets of Old Town Monrovia, guests will engage not only with one another, but they will also have the opportunity to explore the local charm. MFF festivities will conclude with an Awards Night Gala, where filmmakers, special guests, and sponsors can partake in local comestibles, engage in spirited discourse, and delight in the celebration of the arts.

Introducing the Samson Awards, named after Monrovia's famous urban brown bear resident!

The Sammys Awards:
- Best in Show
- Best Documentary/Non-Fiction
- Best Foreign Film
- Critic's Choice
- People's Choice
- Jurors' Choice
- Spirit Award
- Integrity Award

Submission Rules

We celebrate the independent spirit of interesting, diverse, and original storytelling. Projects that push the limits of style and narrative excite us, but there is no single aesthetic or genre that we look for over any other. You should create the project that you want to create, not one that you believe will be a good fit for MFF or anyone else!

Any film or video project with a running time of less than 50 minutes, including credits will be considered. This
includes scripted or improvisational fiction, nonfiction or documentary, experimental film or video, animation, music video, or any other film or video project.

Films have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions that impact Festival eligibility
and may have been screened at any number of festivals or other public theatrical exhibitions, broadcast or streamed on television or the Internet, and/or released via any home video or other public distribution platform anywhere in the world.

The Monrovia Film Festival is comprised of both competition and out-of-competition films.

If your project is accepted into the Festival, our Programming team will ultimately decide the program in which it will be placed.

All submitted films will be viewed via a Vimeo or Youtube link. You may make link private.

Subtitles: All projects that contain significant non-English dialogue must include on-screen English subtitles at the time of submission.

Age Requirement: We encourage artists of all ages to submit their work.

Unlicensed Materials: If your submitted project contains unlicensed or uncleared materials, it is the responsibility of the owner or owners of the project to license, clear, or otherwise replace these materials.

Multiple Submissions: You may submit as many projects as you wish.

We contact all officially-submitted projects via email during the first week of June. It is not uncommon for many of them to be caught in spam folders or bounced back to us. This issue seems to affect Gmail accounts more than others. If you don’t hear from us, please know that we have made every effort to contact each individual applicant no later than July 29th. PLEASE GO TO READ TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Overall Rating
  • Nick Everhart

    Great festival! They were so supportive of our film and all the filmmakers. I can’t wait to see how this fest grows and matures in the coming years. We were very proud to be a part of it.

    March 2023
  • Alex Onufriev

    Great festival! I am very glad that I was able to take part in it! Thanks to the organizers for their professionalism and human approach! I hope this was our first but not the last meeting!

    March 2023
  • Germain Aguesse

    Great festival ! Very happy to have been selected and awarded for the best science fiction short film.
    The team is very involved, very attentive and communicates efficiently, it's perfect!

    Thank you again for all this, long live the Monrovia film festival and long live cinema !
    See you soon... ;)

    March 2023
  • I wasn't able to attend this first-time festival but the festival organizers did an excellent job of communicating with filmmakers whose films were part of the festival.

    December 2022