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 in our IMDb qualifying festival.

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

Every season, the festival has a virtual event which leads to the annual festival as a hybrid event in late fall. The winners of each edition are further nominated to be an official selection of the annual festival with live screenings of films, online events, red carpet and award ceremony in Montreal.

Every edition, we offer screening to the award winners for three days online. However, this has to be requested by the producer of the project and is not mandatory for entering the competition. All projects can compete without online public screening through private screenings to the jury of each edition. Screening is only mandatory for the finalists of the annual event. The films of the annual event are selected from the award winners of each season.

All the winners are promoted on Film Daily, TFM, our online magazine and social media to thousands of film industry professionals and artists. All the winners can request for a bonus from our publicity department.

The festival also has a publicity and online screening department for international artists to promote, market, distribute and screen independent film projects of all genres from all over the world.

Our publicity department has featured and promoted over 200 projects and artists in the past year through Film Daily, Toronto Film Magazine, LA Indies, etc. Our screening department has screened over 300 shorts and features online in the past year through Toronto Film Channel.

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

Annual Festival:

$1,000 is awarded to Best Narrative Feature of the year
$1,000 is awarded to Best Narrative Short of the year
$1,000 is awarded to Best Documentary of the year
$1,000 is awarded to Best Canadian Film of the year
$1,000 is awarded to Best Student Film of the year

Rest of the award winners recieve bonuses in our annual event.

Annual award event and screenings are postponed from August to November due to the pandemic restrictions in Canada. The annual festival will be a hybird event with online and live screening of films and an award ceremony.

Monthly Festival:
All the award winners are nominated for our annual festival and also credited on IMDb, promoted through social media and our online magazine. Award winners can also request for certificates, laurels, etc. All winners also can request for a promotion and screening bonus from TFC.

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.
International and Canadian productions are accepted.
The festival has the right to use a trailer, stills, pics and posters for promotional purposes in various film magazines, social media, website, etc.
Entry fees are non refundable since our programmers need to evaluate each project twice.
English or French subtitles are required for non English and non French films.
Shorts must be less than 50 minutes. All projects over 50 minutes should submit to the feature category.

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  • Jean-Baptiste Canac

    Thank you for selecting my short for the Best Script Award. I'm very grateful!
    Take care all.

    July 2021
  • Nick Buckland

    Thank you to the team at Montreal. A very positive experience for us all.

    July 2021
  • Great festival! Overall fan favorite!!

    July 2021
  • Massar ma

    Great festival and definitely worth the submission fee. I recommend Montreal Independent Film Festival to everyone.

    July 2021
  • Excellent Festival. Highly Recommended. Do not miss.

    July 2021