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

Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Canadian Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Director
Best Producer
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematographer
Best Editor
Best Script
Best Animation
Best Horror
Best Science fiction
Best Comedy
Best Experimental
Best Web Series/TV Pilot
Best First Time filmmaker
Best Female director
Best Indie Film

Films can be from anywhere in the world since the festival is an international competition.
The festival has the right to use a trailer, stills and a poster from the films for promotional purposes.
Entry fees are non refundable.
There is no premier status requirement for films that would like to enter the monthly 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.

Overall Rating
  • Project Tumbleweed

    Timely and thorough communications. The monthly review process makes this much more insightful for the filmmaker.

    November 2020
  • The creative team behind our award-winning short THE FIXER is grateful to win Best Thriller at Montreal Independent Film Festival. I am also grateful for MIFF’s publicity, which included publishing the full list of winners in Toronto Film Magazine. Montreal Independent Film Festival and the festival organizers are the A-Team of cinephiles who are in it for the filmmakers.

    December 2020
  • Pekin Azer

    What a fabulous festival! Would like to thank everyone for making this great organization possible at such rough times... It was great being with you all!

    November 2020
  • James Davis

    Very honored to be part of this festival! Thank you!

    November 2020
  • Didn't sample Hospitality or Networking.

    November 2020