The Montreal International Film Festival is a non-profit organization creating solutions to support young creators within the entertainment industry.

The Film Competition:
Opening Date: September 25th, 2023
Deadline: July 25, 2024
Winner Announcements/Notification Date: July 31, 2024
Events: August 24-25th, 2024

The Event:
The Montreal International Film Festival's program includes a week long celebration of activities with event panels, screenings, Q&A's and workshops hosted by industry leaders.

The non-profit organization raises funds and creates opportunities for our youth to access traineeships, scholarships, job opportunities and funding for their projects within the entertainment industry. Because wonderful things happen when we come together for the creative legacy of tomorrow.

2023 Awardee:

Category - Feature Films

Best Picture - A Letter from Helga
Best Screenplay - The Pink Lagoon
Best Cinematography - A Letter from Helga
Best Director - Ailleurs si j'y suis/Let's get lost:  François Pirot
Best Cast - We Are Zombie
Best Actor - Seventh Heaven: Krešimir Mikić  as Ninoslav Radman
Best Actress - Ailleurs si j'y suis/Let's get lost:  Suzanne Clément  as Catherine 
Best Editor - A Letter from Helga
Best Soundtrack - A Letter from Helga
Best Costumes - Holy Family 
Best Makeup - We Are Zombie

Category - Short Films

Best Picture - Another Day
Best Screenplay - Drawback
Best Cinematography - IYOV
Best Director - Weeds Are Flowers, Too
Best Cast - The Apartment
Best Actor - Sucker:  Rob Chen as Andy
Best Actress - Tiny Joy: Elizabeth Ho
Best Editor - The Old Young Crow
Best Soundtrack - Beat it
Best Costumes - Beata Beatrix

Category - Documentaries

Best Documentary - When Hope Breaks Through
Best Cinematography - What the night whispers to the day
Best Director - Beneath the Surface (of Ice):  Zhang Xiquan
Best Storytelling - Burden Of Memory
Best Editor - Baltic Truth
Best Soundtrack - When Hope Breaks Through

Category - Animation

Best Picture - Heavis Tendres (Tender Metalheads)
Best Screenplay - Starcatcher
Best Director - Little Hurts: Debra Solomon
Best Voice Over - Little Hurts: Debra Solomon
Best Soundtrack - Little Hurts: Alan Zahn
Best Character Design - Abîme
Best Animation - Little Hurts: Debra Solomon
Best World Building - Sprinkles

Category - TV Series: Not Valid for the 2023 Edition.
(Not enough applicants for consideration).

Official Regulations:
The Montreal International Film Festival accepts projects from anywhere in the world, it is an international competition.

1) Eligibility Requirements:

All entries must at least have subtitled in English or French. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry to the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

All entries must fit professional standards guideline.

For any specific questions regarding your project’s eligibility, please email :

2) Submission Guidelines

∙ Projects must be submitted via an online screener like Vimeo or other secure online platform. (It is recommended that films submitted via online screener be available to download). We recommend including a cover letter for yourself and your project.

∙ Only complete entries (including fee payment ) will be considered.

∙ You can enter the festival by applying through FilmFreeway or directly on the Montreal International Film Festival Website:
The committee will only consider final versions submitted.

∙ Students can apply only for the Short Film Selection

3) Deadlines
For the 2023 Festival the deadline is : July 18th 2023

4) Entry Fees: $70.00 (CAD)
Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fee is not refundable. Fees cover registration, registration notification, full consideration by the programming department, and notification of the results. Must be paid online.

Overall Rating
  • The Montreal International Film Festival was incredibly filmmaker friendly, I highly recommend this festival to all filmmakers !

    September 2023