Welcome to the IMDb qualifier monthly & annual Montreal Independent Film Festival.

Montreal Independent Film Festival is dedicated to international and Canadian films and screenplays of all genres. MIFF ranks in the top 1.5% of more than 9,000 film festivals in FilmFreeway. MIFF truly cares about the language of cinema, independent filmmaking, filmmakers, arts and all the artists involved in each film project.

All the monthly award winners are further nominated for our annual festival and awards with cash prizes and bonuses. The finalists of the annual event will also be screened virtualy and worldwide as well.

Cannes award winners, Oscar nominees and stars have competed alongside emerging independent fillm projects from all over the world in our emerging and visionary international festival. The members of our jury have been selected from fillmmakers, actors, producers and distributors from Canada, U.S. and France.

In our virtual monthly editions, the award winning films and the official selections will have the option to be promoted and screened through our screening platform which has screened more than 340 films for our festival throughout the last year. Some of our films like Tango Shalom had thousands of views through our screening platform. However, films are not screend online unless it is requested by the produer and director of the film. Films can compete without screening in our monthly edition. Films are screened privately to jury members assigned to each category and the award winners of the month are further nominated for our annual festival.

When the pandemic closed down the cinemas in Canada, we decided to have a monthly virtual festival with online screening options for all official selections and award winners. However, online promotion and screening is not mandatory for entering the monthly competition and is totally optional. The films are screened privately to jury members assigned to various categories in our monthly festival. We also do not screen any films online in our monthly edition unless it is requested. Our annual event will continue either as an online screening award event or with live screenings in cinema for a week in late August. The festival intends to support indie films by awarding them with cash prizes and bonuses in each annual edition.

Our festival also has a publicity department which has been very popular and beneficial to independent film projects and artists from all over the globe. The festival has promoted and featured hundreds of independent films and indie artists in various film magazines every year.

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

Annual Festival:
$10,000 in cash prizes, promotions, bonuses and services are shared with the winners in the annual competition.
$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
$500 is awarded in promotions, features and services in other categories of the festival.
Awards are sponsored by Toronto Film Magazine & Baraheni Films 

Monthly Festival:
All the winners are credited on IMDb, promoted on social media, various magazines and can be further nominated and selected for our annual festival.

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 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 40 minutes. All projects over 40 minutes should submit to the feature category.
Completion date of films should be in the past 4 years in order to enter the competition.

Overall Rating
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Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • JERZY KOWYNIA

    Thank you for your painful job of reading my script. I appreciate it a lot

    April 2021
  • susan lim

    An amazingl Film Festival, great and friendly organizers, thank you for the recognition !

    May 2021
  • Dapper Devil Productions

    Happy to have been a part!

    May 2021
  • Ralph Isenberg

    Great organization. Although not a winner, being selected was nicely handled. Their notification was also nicely handled. I predict this organization will be around for many year.

    May 2021
  • Kim Smith

    Thank you for featuring BEAUTY ON THE WING: LIFE STORY OF THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY. Tremendous festival, staff, and communication!

    May 2021