The Massachusetts Independent Film Festival (MassIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by filmmakers, film writers, and film lovers. Our goal is to showcase films from around the world made by truly independent filmmakers. We want to show the best of contemporary independent filmmaking in all genres(drama, experimental, comedy, horror, slow cinema, sci fi, fantasy, animation, documentary, and more). We dedicate Q&A time and conduct video interviews for visiting filmmakers. We also help promote the selected films to find a new audience. We love the art of cinema and we welcome all to join us! Please visit our website for a glimpse into previous festivals.
We also want to showcase locally produced movies so they can share the spotlight with films made from around the world with a focus on New England, Massachusetts and Worcester County.

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Best Documentary:
Best Actor:
Best Actress:
Best Cinematography:
Best Directing:
Best Writing:
Best New England Film:
Best Feature Screenplay:
Best Short Screenplay:


Please submit a synopsis and film poster or stills. We hold the right to reject films that don't have a basic press kit after being selected.

All submissions material must have updated contact information.

Please only submit an online copy. Vimeo , YouTube, or FilmFreeway. Send password if needed.

Foreign language films must be made available with English subtitles or dubbed.

Only completed films may be submitted. (No rough cuts).

If your film is selected please make sure an online copy of your film is still available until the festival is over for the jury.

There is a non-refundable processing fee for all film & script entries.

Filmmakers attending the festival are responsible for travel, lodging, and all other expenses.

If your film is selected please provide a downloadable copy. Please do not send a film size of epic proportions.

It is up to the filmmaker to keep on top of all notifications and emails sent about the festival.

Your film being a premiere is not required .

No feedback on submissions can be given.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting your film for consideration to the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, you are telling us that you have full authority to do so, that the film is cleared for potential festival exhibition, and that you accept full legal responsibility. MassIFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes only. You shall also indemnify and hold harmless the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving the copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening films entered.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you so much for selecting our film Meek Lover Creek for MassIFF! We are humbled and grateful to be included in a festival full of so much amazing talent! Overall a great experience! A true mix a budgets and style. Hopefully we can all actually get together in person next year!

    Arborcast Films

    November 2020
  • antonio de la cruz

    First, because of COVID-19, the festival was virtual this year. They communicated with me and kept me informed of what was going on. The most impressive part of the festival was the roster of films. My film "Daniel" was in Block 11, and they did a great job curating the films in that block. The block I was in dealt with themes of addiction, family, and loss. Finally, you can always criticize a movie for this or that, but I can honestly say that the films in this festival were good quality. And so that makes me feel great about our movie.

    September 2020
  • Thank you for selecting my screenplay “Punish Me” for the festival as well as for the award nomination. Hopefully COVID will be over soon and we’ll be able to meet in person next year. Kind regards.

    September 2020
  • Jenna SURU

    I attended the whole Festival time and spent a wonderful Festival. The Team is very dedicated and hard-working, there were interviews organized every day after each screening and great opportunities to network. I've discovered great films and loved connecting with the wonderful Filmmakers behind them. My debut feature "The Golden Age" had its World Premiere at the Festival and it was wonderful to discuss with the audience and feel their reactions during the screening. The venue is absolutely stunning. I was very happy to speak on the Festival panel alongside great fellow filmmakers. I absolutely recommend submitting to the Festival and attending.

    October 2019
  • Diana Porter

    A great festival with varied and interesting programming. The panel I spoke on was one of the best I've been a part of. Good opportunities for networking at the after party which takes place right in the theatre (which has a bar).

    October 2019