Montreal Independent Film Festival has turned into one of the most popular visionary festivals on FilmFreeway. Cannes award winners, Oscar nominees and emerging independent film projects have competed together in various sections of our seasonal and annual IMDb qualifying festival.

MIFF is a hybrid film festival which is a blending of traditional forms of festivals with a new form of a virtual festival that could create further opportunities for independent film projects and artists to be noticed, awarded, screened and recognized in the film industry.

The winners of the seasonal edition are further nominated to be an official selection of the annual festival in spring of each year with live screenings of films, online events, red carpet and award ceremony in Montreal.

Every edition, we offer screening to the seasonal award winners for three days online. However, this has to be requested by the producer of the project and is not mandatory for entering various sections of the film competition. All projects of the seasonal edition can compete without online public screening.

All the seasonal winners are promoted on Film Daily, Toronto Film Magazine, and Montreal Independent Film Magazine. The winners are also promoted individually on social media to thousands of film industry professionals and artists who follow our festival online. All the winners can request for a bonus from our publicity and online screening department in order to further promote and screen projects.

Our publicity department has featured and promoted over 400 projects in the past year in various magazines. Our screening department has screened over 300 shorts and features online in the past year through Toronto Film Channel and some of our films had thousands of views in the 24 hour window and were selected by other festivals and secured distribution deals.

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

$10,000 is shared annually through promotion, bonuses, products and cash prizes. All the seasonal winners are further nominated to be selected for the annual festival. Our annual festival is from March 23rd to March 26th in Montreal.

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.
We consider films regardless of their premiere status. 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. Montreal premiere is required for the annual festival but not required for the seasonal competition.
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.
All projects can still compete in the seasonal competition wihout online screening. Award winners can request for online screening in the seasonal festival but it is not mandatory for entering the competition.
The festival will only communicate with the submitter of the film project.

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  • Ashlei Payne

    Informative with emails and awards. Thank you for including my film!

    September 2021
  • Adèle Hurier

    Thanks for the selection!
    Excellent festival. Congratulations to you!

    September 2021
  • I am thrilled that the Montreal Independent Film Festival recognized Perry with a Best Script Award for the Summer Season. I look forward to the continuing competition and the final awards at the end of the year.

    Their communication has been terrific: prompt, clear, supportive and caring.

    August 2021
  • Adrian B

    It was a true honor to be selected by this visionary film festival! Well run, and great communication.

    March 2021
  • Michał Szalonek

    Fine. We need more festivals like this. Giving us drive for the next projects!

    August 2021