The IMDb qualifying seasonal and annual Montreal Independent Film Festival has turned into one of the most popular visionary festivals on FilmFreeway.

Cannes award winners, Oscar nominees and emerging independent artists have competed together in various sections of the festival. MIFF is a hybrid film festival which is a blending of traditional forms of festivals with a new form of a virtual seasonal festival which creates further opportunities for independent film projects and artists to be noticed, awarded, screened and recognized in the film industry.

Our annual screening takes place in the spring of each year in Cinema du Parc of Montreal. Montreal Independent Film Channel is our online web channel which screens our award winners and the official selections of the season upon request. Montreal Independent Film Magazine is our online magazine which promotes the award winners in association with Toronto Film Magazine and Film Daily.  

The winners of the seasonal festival are further nominated to be an official selection of the annual festival in spring of each year. Our annual event currently is a hybrid program with live screenings of films in cinema and through our channel.

All the winners are also promoted individually on social media to thousands of film industry professionals and artists who follow our festival online. All the seasonal winners can request for a bonus in order to further promote, market and distribute film projects.

Through our screening platform, we offer daily, hourly and weekly screenings of independent features and shorts throughout the whole season. We screened hundreds of independent shorts and features in the last year from all over the globe. Some of our films had thousands of views and were selected by other festivals and secured distribution deals. However, online screening is optional and has to be requested by the producer and is not mandatory for entering various sections of the competition due to premiere status of projects. Screening is only mandatory for the annual competition of the festival in spring.

MIFF also continues to select jury members who are assigned to various sections of the festival in each season. The festival invites filmmakers, critics, actors, writers, composers, cinematographers and many agents and distributors from all over the world. MIFF also provides the option for the winners of each season to vote for the new edition of the festival. 

We are an organization committed to selecting, awarding, promoting, featuring and screening international and Canadian projects of all genres.

$30,000 is shared annually with award winners through bonuses, products and cash prizes in the seasonal and annual fest. Cash prizes are only for the main categories which screen in the cinema for the annual fest.

Award winners of the annual festival will be announced on April 20th from Cinema du Parc of Montreal.

$6,000 in bonuses are available in the seasonal festival.

Seasonal Categories:
Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative short
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Canadian Film
Best Horror
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Best Science Fiction
Best Web Series/TV Pilot
Best Experimental
Best Human Rights
Best Environmental
Best Female Director
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best Independent Film
Best Student Film
Best LGBTQ
Best Music Video
Best Unproduced Script
Best Thriller
Best Trailer
Best Director
Best Script
Best Producer
Best Cinematographer
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Editor
Best Composer

Films must have been completed in the past 3 years.
Montreal premiere is required for the annual festival.
We consider films regardless of their premiere status in our seasonal. Even if your film has already premiered at another festival, whether it screened at a physical venue or online, it’s still eligible for consideration in the seasonal festival.
International and Canadian productions are accepted.
The applicant holds the sole responsibility of copyright clearance of any copyrighted material in the film.
The festival has the right to use a trailer, stills, pics and posters for promotional purposes in various film magazines, social media, websites, etc.
Entry fees are non refundable since our programmers need to evaluate each project twice.
English or French subtitles are required for foreign language films. Films in English or French do not require subtitles.
Shorts must be less than 50 minutes. All projects over 50 minutes should submit to the feature category.
The festival will only communicate with the submitter of the film project.

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  • It was an honor to be selected. We hope to attend after Covid lets up.

    November 2021
  • Renee Ambush

    Extremely grateful for Montreal Independent Film Festival

    November 2021
  • Great! This is a quality film festival, I'm surprised and happy that I sent the film "Kieu@" winning 3 categories (Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing). It is an honor for our production team, the first time a Vietnamese film has been honored at this Montreal film festival. See you all at the 2022 Film Festival in Montreal.

    November 2021
  • Balbeer Bahi

    Thank you greatly for selecting our film! Looking forward to attending in person some day. Cheers!!

    November 2021
  • Purandar Chaudhuri

    Great festival, excellent communication; delighted that our film was selected in the festival.

    November 2021