The Muskoka Independent Film Festival returns to, the refurbished, Gravenhurst Opera House, in the town of Gravenhurst on Lake Muskoka. 1 1/2 hours north of Toronto.

We are open to all GENRES and formats: full-length features, shorts, documentaries, and animation. Dramas, dramatic comedies, comic dramas, social documentaries, biographies, folktales, musicals, children’s…you name it! As long as there's a great story to tell. We are seeking films from emerging and established filmmakers. Student films are welcome.

Films should either be in English or with English subtitles.

If accepted we will require a high resolution digital copy of the film and publicity stills upon request.

Awards & Prizes

MIFF awards

Rules & Terms

The Muskoka Independent Film Festival

Rules and Terms:

Festival Objective

The principal objective of the Muskoka Independent Film Festival is to give Global and Canadian filmmakers a platform for screening their films to audiences in the Muskoka Region. Our mandate is to present independent films from all over the world in addition to Canadian Cinema and Ontario Films. Films are selected based on quality and original content that would interest Muskoka Audiences.

Industry Objectives

The Festival includes events to promote contacts between film industry professionals both Canadian and world Filmmakers.

Selection Process

Selected films will be placed in the appropriate category by the Festival Organizing Committee in consultation with the filmmaker.

The Categories are Full Live-Action or Animated Features (over 60 minutes), Short live action or animation under (under 60 minutes) Feature Documentary (over 60 min) Short documentary (under 60 min) .

Format Requirements

For programming consideration, the Festival accepts only digital format via FilmFreeway.com Please do not send trailers to the committee. Please contact the committee if you cannot send via FilmFreeway to make alternate arrangements: films@rosseaucultureandarts.com

Films must be in their original language with English subtitles if the original language is not English.

A nominal submission fee is charged to submit a film to the festival.

The Festival requires films to be submitted on line via filmfreeway.com. DVD Submissions will be accepted on request, but must be labelled with the title, running time. Submissions will NOT be returned, unless payments are arranged.

Press Materials

Please only send press release materials by email or mail if requested by the Festival Committee. Should you be informed directly that your film has been selected, you may be required to submit publicity materials.

Submission Process

The submission deadline for selection purposes is midnight, August 11, 2017

Festival Programmers select and filmmakers are notified after Sept 15, 2017

Should you be informed that your film has been selected, you must provide a high resolution copy of the film and publicity materials by Friday, Sept 9, 2016

Scheduling

The Festival may screen the selected winners film a second time on our Best of the Fest final day . The date, time and exhibitions of the films will be determined by the Festival

3 Reviews

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    Tom Strnad

    We were honoured to have our feature film enjoy its Canadian premiere at this year's Muskoka Independent Film Festival. There is a strong representation of local and domestic films with a blend of the best of international indie films. Well organized event and hope to have future films shown at this festival.

    October 2016
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    Scott Jarvie

    An incredible festival with a warm, welcoming community and event organizers! Great selection of films presented by an amazing host. I was greatly impressed and will be submitting future projects to this festival.

    Communication between festival staff and filmmakers needs to be improved, and a networking event would be a welcomed addition.

    October 2016
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    John Nicol

    2015 was a stellar year for The Muskoka Independent Film Festival; they were very welcoming and representing Canadian films with an eagerness that made attending this event a pleasure... 2016 will surely be the same great experience...I have short being represented this year and I am thoroughly proud to be part of this emerging festival one more time!!!

    October 2016