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 our weekly annual festival which is scheduled for March, 2021. The event will be a mixture of online screenings, networking for filmmakers and award announcements from cinema. Our annual festival will be a Hybrid In-Theatre/Virtual Fest for 2021 due to the pandemic.

All the monthly award winners of each edition are further nominated to be selected and included in our lineup and be promoted and screened in our weekly annual event in various Canadian and international competitions.  

The monthly IMDb qualifying fest is an ongoing virtual festival and a competition but the official selections of each edition have the option to promote and screen their films through one of our partners with a screening platform in Canada. We also feature films, scripts, independent artists and filmmakers on various film magazines in order to promote and publicize arts, artists and cinema.

The monthly festival is a virtual event which 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, promotion and screening.

All the monthly award winners of the best feature and best short categories can request to be screened in each monthly edition while our annual event screens films for one week to the public.

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 International Narrative Feature
Best Canadian Narrative Feature
Best International Narrative short
Best Canadian Narrative Short
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Horror
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Best Science Fiction
Best Web Series/TV Pilot
Best Experimental
Best Canadian Director
Best Female Director
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best Independent Film
Best Student Film
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 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.
English or French subtitles are required for non English and non French films.
Films can also be available online and in other platforms and still enter the competition.
Shorts must be less than 50 minutes. All projects over 50 minutes are considered feature.
Completion date of films should be in the past 4 years in order to enter the competition.

Overall Rating
  • Brock Burnett

    Fantastic. Can't wait until we can actually meet and be in the real setting again.!!

    December 2020
  • Parcham Productions

    It was a great honor that our film Paper Plane was selected at the Montreal Independent Film Festival. The Festival was very well organized with timely communication.

    January 2021
  • Fancy Alexandersson

    Thank you Montreal Independent Film Festival for having our film Fallen Dream in your festival. Hope to have more films with you soon!

    January 2021
  • Carolina Rueda

    This is a great event. We were very happy to be part of the official selection of the festival. It is great that you select such varied films from different countries.

    January 2021
  • All though the film Are You Ready ? wasn't an award winner, I am humbled that it was selected to be shown. Thank you
    Jeffrey J. Scott

    January 2021