The International Moving Film Festival is an annual international event dedicated for independent filmmakers.  Established by International Moving Film School (IMOFIS).
In this global world, which we live in now it, is more important than ever for everybody to be able to share their story. The art of filmmaking is a powerful communication tool that has the ability to reach across borders and bring people together.
The International Moving Film Festival is a mobile film festival like our Moving film school looking for discover talent Filmmaker around the world. our film festival gives opportunity to filmmakers to compete their dream project with other ingenious filmmakers around the world. It is loyal to showcasing truly independent projects because we respect your aspiration.
our festival has ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway
According to reviews from real FilmFreeway users
our festival is located in The Arvand Free Zone. (Abadan,Khorramshahr, Arvand Kenar and villages). The Zone is located at a height of three meters above sea level and in proximity to Iraq and in the north west of Persian Gulf.
This Zone has long been one of the border and oil rich zones of the country due to the existence of freshwater Rivers of Karun and Arvand and also transportation facilities including road, rail, sea and air. It has been led to the establishment of the first oil refinery of the Middle East and the largest trade Port of the country. Special features of the Zone are the existence of fertile lands, possibility of fishing and its people having a special trade culture. Also, language, culture and kinship relations of the people with the neighboring countries are of the unique advantages of the Zone.
Holders of normal passports travelling as tourists can enter Arvand Free Zone without a visa with maximum stay of 2 weeks (extendable) , as by December 2017


The History of Moving Film Festival

In 2008, when I was recognized internationally as a filmmaker and had participated in many festivals and received awards, I decided to hold a workshop in my travels around the world for those with no access to film schools. I was organizing a small non-competitive festival with films I received from friends around the world.
These festivals were held alone without any sponsorship and sometimes in the backyard of a friend's house or in a small cinema. I lived as a gypsy and made movies, and my whole life was summed up in my backpack. A one-man school with a festival that I would often show the films by my laptop.

In 2011, I founded ibaff festival with the same idea in the city of Murcia in southern Spain and was elected by the municipality of Murcia as the festival's president. The theme of the festival was travel and creation.

In 2012 I invited Abbas Kiarostami to Murcia and held a two-year workshop where I was his assistant and wrote a book about him. This moving film school was later held in Spain and Colombia together with Kiarostami and at the end of the workshop we had a small festival.

In 2015, I got separated from the ibaff festival, went on my own, made films, organized workshops and had my own little festival wherever possible.

Past editions (non-competitive) of my festival were in Cuba, Spain, Iraq, Sudan, Malaysia, Colombia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Peru. Tunisia, morocco and some part of Iran.
In 2019, I decided to make this festival more formal and changed it from non-competitive to a competitive one. This is a Moving festival and it is held in different places all the time.
A small, warm and Independent festival.

Mahmoud Reza Sani

The judges of the festival will carefully select the films. The winners will be announced at the event, on our website and on FilmFreeway website.
all selected films will receiving a certificate of participation+ Official selected laurels.
The winners will receive our official Digital Certificate (printable) + Award Winner laurels.

Best feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Student short films award in each categories.
Best video art
Best short films _ Animation
Best feature film Animation
Best feature documentary
Best Student documentary films
Best Experimental films
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best music composer short film (animation, fiction, documentary)
Best music composer feature (animation, fiction, documentary)
Best Sound Designer short film (animation, fiction, documentary)
Best Sound Designer feature (animation, fiction, documentary)
Best film in all Categories about COVID-19 crisis subject
Best Costume designer(shorts, features)
Best Make-up Designer short film
Best Make-up Designer feature film
Best Film Poster
Best Script (feature and shorts)
Best DOP/ Director Of Photography(short /fiction, experimental, video art)
Best Producer /Production
Best Visual Effects
Best Editor

All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles
all films must be Completed entry form for each submission via FilmFreeway.
All films that have been made since 2015 can participate in the festival. We are looking for good movies, and we think there are many movies that have been made, but the filmmakers, for some reason, have not been able to distribute their films.
We are an independent film festival and we are not sponsored from anywhere and therefore we can not pay the screen fee for the films selected for the competition.
Photography Contest:
Photography- (digital format) single pieces or up to 15 pieces from series.
In the photography competition section, we are mostly looking for photos with anthropological topics, including culture, customs, ceremonies, and any topic that introduces people and relatives from different parts of the world. The type of camera you use does not matter at all and can even be taken with a mobile phone. You can correct the photos, but in no way add or subtract anything from it and let it retain its documentary form. Photos can be color or black and white. If your photo was accepted in the competition, we ask you to send us a more complete description of your photo. Photos must be original and belong to you and taken by you.

Overall Rating
  • Sangeet Prabhaker

    Many thanks for selecting my short film Dinghy for this festival and for receiving an honorable mention!

    April 2023
  • Ghinwa Daher

    Our short film was selected as semi finalist, we received the notification on filmfreeway but we never heard anything back from the festival organizers, no emails about the screening or how the festival went..

    February 2023
  • barbara peikert

    It was great being part of the IMFF festival with the Finalist Selection of Snowshine. I hope to do it again next year.

    January 2023
  • Kathleen Krenitsky

    What an interesting festival to have had the pleasure of participating in! I would gladly recommend to others and will be submitting again in the future…

    January 2023
  • Great. Thanks for being a winner with our feature film “Hidden”

    January 2023