Montreal Independent Film Festival is an annual and a monthly IMDb qualifying festival dedicated to international and Canadian shorts and features of all genres.

The annual festival screens films for two weeks and awards filmmakers and artists with cash prizes, promotions and bonuses.

The monthly festival is an ongoing virtual festival and the best of the month are screened in our studio theater in Montreal and can also request for a public online screening, laurels and certificates as well. All the winners and the nominees can also be credited on IMDb. 

All the official selections of the monthly festival can also request for promotion and screening of films through our festival and can be further nominated for our annual festival which is scheduled for late March, 2021. The annual 2021 event will be a mixture of online screenings for 10 days, award announcements from cinema and live screenings from our studio. Our annual festival will be a Hybrid In-Theatre/Virtual Fest for 2021 due to the pandemic.

The festival has promoted and screened hundreds of international films in the past few editions through Toronto Film Channel and it has promoted and featured hundreds of independent films and indie artists in various film magazines such as Film Daily and Toronto Film Magazine.

Many Canadian and international features and shorts were discovered by various distributors and agents who reviewed our best of the monthly and annual selection and award winners.   

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 as filmmakers, writers, critics, actors and distributors.  

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

Annual Festival:
$10,000 in cash prizes, promotions, bonuses and services are shared with the winners in the annual competition.
$2,000  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
$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.

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 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
  • On behalf of all the people involved in my first short, we would like to thank you for selected 'Luca' with International Narrative Short category at your Festival, it means a lot to us all.

    March 2021
  • Andrew Clough

    We were so thrilled that our documentary "Untouched" was included in the official selection for January 2021. This is our first feature documentary and the selection brought tears to our eyes. We highly recommend this festival as the judges clearly take the time to view and carefully consider each submission.

    March 2021
  • Thrilled to have been selected, thank you!

    March 2021
  • I want to thank the Montreal Independent Film Festival for selecting my film Attraction Man. My team and I are greatful for this honor.

    March 2021
  • Manlio Roseano

    A great festival. Its artistic director has put together a very high quality event aiming to discover new emerging filmmakers evaluating the artistic aspect of cinema. A true filmmaker's festival.
    Everything else was just of top quality. The communication, the networking and the value in general.
    I am really proud to be among the winners of this amazing award.
    Thank you!

    February 2021