The Massachusetts Independent Film Festival (MassIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by the Shawna E Shea Memorial Foundation, Inc.

Our goal is to showcase films made locally and 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).

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


All films must have been produced after January 2020. Short length films are considered 45 minutes or under. Features over 45 minutes up to 120 minutes.

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 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
  • Mariel Folk

    Grateful for the experience and the selection. It meant so much to have this film shared with the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival audience and I wish I'd been able to attend! Looked like a fantastic event.

    October 2022
  • Manny Serrano

    First time at Mass Indie and we had a blast. The WCUW location was great and had a wonderful atmosphere for a screening, Skip and Anna have always been wonderful as we've been part of the Shawna Shea festival in the past and I love seeing them be able to branch out and grow.
    They put on a good no-nonsense festival with wonderfully curated films, and no unnecessary fluff and pomp. It is clear from the jump that we are here to celebrate independent film in all of its forms, and the filmmakers are the stars of the show; something that many of the larger festivals lose sight of as they grow.

    April 2022
  • Jessica Gould

    We were honored to have been awarded the Best Music Short award for O Sweet Woods, and wish we could have been there to accept in person! Communication could not have been better, and we look forward to being able to attend next year. Highly recommended festival.

    April 2022
  • E'Ian West

    Our experience with The Massachusetts Independent Film Festival was perfect. From the time we submitted our short film, the communication was excellent, as well as the timely status updates on the Film Freeway website. I highly recommend this film festival for the highest quality of films and projects that have a deep purpose. I can say the festival does shine a bright light on film makers in all genres. I was unfortunately unable to attend the festival in person, but was provided great communication via emails with updates for our project. It was an absolute great experience with MassIFF.

    April 2022
  • Our cast and crew were so honored to be a part of MassIFF this year with our film Scotch, Please. Thanks for the tremendous support, excellent communication, and inspiration! Well done, everyone!

    April 2022