Montreal Independent Film Festival is an annual and a monthly IMDb qualifying festival dedicated to international and Canadian shorts and features of all genres.

All the award winning artists of the monthly editions are further nominated for the annual awards and the red carpet ceremony which will be covered by media at the Cinema du Parc of Montreal. The annual award winners will also receive cash prizes, bonuses, and promotions in publicity.

The monthly IMDb qualifying fest is an online competition but it also provides important additional services to all international filmmakers in screening, marketing, distribution and publicity. We announce our monthly award winners on the 10th of each month.

The official selections of each monthly edition have the option to screen and promote their films through Toronto Film Channel.

The monthly festival has promoted and screened hundreds of international films in the past few editions and it has featured hundreds of artists in various recognizable film magazines. However, the promotion, screening and publicity are our additional features in our monthly edition and have nothing to do with the competition. Films can enter the monthly competition without these features in publicity and screening.

The festival is truly a great international platform for all filmmakers and it is not only about giving out trophies but recognizing talents and supporting the career of artists working in the film industry as writers, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, editors, composers etc.

Montreal Independent Film Festival truly cares about the language of cinema, independent filmmaking, filmmakers, arts and all the artists involved in each film project.

Our programmers and the members of our jury are professionals working in media from Canada and all over the world. We also select our juries of the month from our previous award winners to judge and vote for various categories of the festival. The award winners can apply to the artistic director of the festival to become a jury of a monthly edition in the category they were awarded.

We select and award the best of each category every month and also recognize some of our finalist with awards of excellence in main categories.

We are an organization committed to selecting, awarding, promoting, featuring and screening international and Canadian films.

Best International Narrative Feature
Best International Narrative Short
Best Canadian narrative feature
Best Canadian narrative short
Best International documentary feature
Best International documentary short
Best Director
Best Producer
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematographer
Best Editor
Best Script
Best Animation
Best Horror
Best Science fiction
Best Experimental
Best Web Series/TV Pilot
Best First Time filmmaker
Best Female director

Films can be from anywhere in the world since our festival is an international competition.
Our festival has the right to use a trailer, stills and a poster from the films for promotional purposes.
There is no premier status requirement for films that would like to enter the competition. Films can also be available online and in other platforms and still enter the competition.
Completion date of films should be in the past 4 years in order to enter the competition.
The Festival director and the members of the jury can change the category of the submitted film and nominate the film for other categories as well.

Overall Rating
  • I appreciate that the organizers did everything possible to make the festival work while we all navigate these unique times.
    Montreal Independent Film Festival is Professional and easy communication. I was a semi-finalist in their Narrative Feature competition and would definitely recommend the competition for other filmmakers as well!

    September 2020
  • Janice Corran

    Excellent festival. So glad I submitted my script.

    September 2020

    Montreal Independent Film Festival is an Excellent festival especially for new filmmakers. They diversity in their programming and a variety of films. I hope to be able to participate again next year!

    September 2020
  • Aurélien Mathieu

    Great team and communication, everything was very fluid !

    September 2020
  • Michael DiBiasio

    We were thrilled to be selected and found the festival communicative and very supportive of our film on social and elsewhere!

    September 2020