I.MA.F.F. is a highly respected and well-known independent film festival that takes place annually. The festival provides a platform for up-and-coming filmmakers to showcase their work and receive feedback from industry professionals. I.MA.F.F. also hands out awards in various categories, which helps to build buzz around certain films and attract attention from distributors. The event is truly global in scope, with attendees and participants coming from all over the world.

The I.MA.F.F Festival and Awards is an annual event that celebrates the best in independent film. This year, the festival will be streaming live to over 100,000 viewers around the world. The festival will feature screenings of some of the year's most acclaimed independent films, as well as panels and Q&As with filmmakers and industry experts. We strive to screen and promote beautiful and thought-provoking independent films from all around the world.


Audience Award
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Editor
Best Cinematography
Best Animation
Best Comedy

Best Documentary
Best Drama
Best Fantasy
Best Horror
Best Low Budget
Best International
Best Music Video
Best Sci-Fi
Best Student

I.M.A.F.F juries are comprised of filmmakers, film critics and industry figures. jurors include Academy Award-nominated filmmakers and representatives from all over the world.

Additional prizes to be announced.

All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles.

Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

By submitting to us, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience at the I.M.A.F.F Screening

Nominations: All films are nominated for every category.
Official Selection: Films selected for screening will be notified via email. If you received a Nomination email.

Award Winners: Chosen from both the Nominations and the Official Selection.

We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through our online platforms.

We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receive marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.
We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

Overall Rating
  • Chris Oledude

    From Christopher R. Owens, President, CESO Enterprises, Inc. crowens@cesony.com:

    On behalf of CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., Alyssa Dann, Chris Oledude, and all of our production participants, I would like to compliment the organizers and operators of International Media Arts Film Awards. When we created our first music video (which was long enough to be a short film), we knew nothing about film festivals. With the help of FilmFreeway, we started researching. The categories were good. Everyone who contacted us on behalf of this festival was helpful. The submissions looked excellent.

    It was indeed exciting to discover this new world and to be so warmly welcomed by the inhabitants! To have GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES selected for inclusion was an honor in and of itself.

    We were happy to “get the word out” and continue motivating people worldwide to consider the injustices embedded within our nation’s criminal justice system. After all, situations where a powerful segment of the population uses its law enforcement apparatus to abuse and oppress other segments of the population are recognizable in and common too many societies.
    We recommend submitting your work and we certainly intend to participate again in the future.

    Peace and stay safe!

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Christopher.

  • They are well organised and keep filmmakers informed. Great experience!

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Eddie.

  • Sybil Jatta

    To the International Media Arts Film Awards Team, we want to thank you sincerely for selecting our documentary feature film "AKWABBA The Awakening" into your most amazing film festival. We are just humbled at God's hands upon our project, and the lives and hearts that have been touched around the world. Thank you kindly for this opportunity to allow our project to be elevated. May you and your team, be blessed, with prosperity and continued good health.

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Sybil.

  • Todd Marshall

    Awesome! IMAFA was a great experience. Cool

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Todd.

  • Great to be a part of this festival! Thank you!!

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Mellisa.