At Madras Independent Film Festival, we are looking for unique and standout works of the independent film industry. Madras Independent Film Festival is the tool that every filmmaker needs, in order to showcase and get recognitions for their film.

We have created monthly editions to give continuity to the selection process and a steady feedback to the filmmakers. Filmmakers are immediately contacted if selected. Their work is privately screened every month and evaluated by a team of experts in the industry.

The officially selected project in each month receives Madras Independent Film Festival laurel and certificate.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Experimental Film
Best Screenplay
Best Music Video
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Thriller
Best Director
Best Editor
Best Cinematographer
Best Music Director
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Best SFX
Best Background Score
Best Colorist
Best Script
Best Music Video
Special Mention
Critics Choice
Outstanding Achievement

Submitting your film to the Madras Independent Film Festival is not a guarantee of selection. We treat every filmmaker equally. All the official selection, nominees and the winners will be listed on our website permanently.

Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles otherwise they will be summarily rejected.
Do not submit works in progress.
A filmmaker’s submission fee will not be reimbursed if they decide to withdraw their submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
A Filmmaker can submit multiple number of Entries.
All Film Entries should be submitted online only.
After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually the film will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The Official Selection status doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that your film has been appreciated by our judges of panel and you can use the festival logo on your poster.
Winners of each category will receive a laurel & certificate.
Any narrative work of fiction (including Animation films) with a running time of 45 minutes or less will be considered as Short film.
Any non-fiction work of film with a running time of 45 minutes or less will be considered as Documentary film.
Running time above 45 minutes (including Animation films) will be considered as Feature Film/ Feature Documentary. And it can be any duration.
For Screenplay contest, the Screenplay must be the original work of the author.
Less than 25 pages will be considered as Short script. And it can be any genre.
Above 25 pages will be considered as Feature script. And it can be any genre.
We accept any form of Web series and Music videos.

Overall Rating
  • Sagnik Dutta Gupta

    Thank you for selecting my short film 'Abandonment' as a finalist. Nice experience.

    February 2021
  • This festival really went above and beyond to make us feel welcome, and we are honored to have screened City of Salt. They have great communication, wonderful awards, and a chance to screen in Chennai. Thank you, MIFF!!! Highly recommend!

    February 2021
  • Matthew Diulus

    Great festival. Super professional and generous

    February 2021
  • Sonja da Graça

    Through Twitter I received a message from one of the co-workers at the festival. I submitted our movie easily through FilmFreeway and our film got selected. I was informed that I should receive the certificate & laurel the 10th of February & I did :)

    February 2021

    We are HONORED "The Making of: LOVING ARMS" was a Finalist of the Madras Independent Film Festival. Great communication, promotion, and active engagement via social media. We highly recommend submitting to this festival. Thank you, Madras Independent Film Festival, for your signature laurels as well as a professional and hospitable experience!

    February 2021