The IMDb qualifying seasonal and annual Montreal Independent Film Festival has turned into one of the most popular emerging film festivals in the world. The festival has created many opportunities for independent film projects and artists to be noticed, awarded, screened and recognized in the film industry. Cannes award winners and Oscar nominees have also joined emerging independent artists to compete in various sections of the festival.
With thousands of international entries every year, MIFF became a hybrid film festival with annual live screenings and seasonal online screening options for the official selections. Our annual screening takes place in the spring of each year. Montreal Independent Film Channel is our online web channel which screens the award winners and the official selections of the season upon request. Montreal Independent Film Magazine is our online magazine which promotes the award winners of the season in association with Film Daily.
The winners of the season are further nominated to be an official selection of the annual festival in spring of each year. All the seasonal winners can also request for a bonus for Film Daily promotion and film industry marketing.
Through our screening platform, we offer daily, hourly and weekly screenings of independent features and shorts throughout the whole season. We screened hundreds of independent shorts and features in the last year from all over the globe. Some of our indie films had thousands of views and were selected by other festivals and secured distribution deals.
MIFF also continues to select jury members who are assigned to various sections of the festival in each season. The festival invites filmmakers, critics, actors, writers, composers, cinematographers and many agents and distributors from all over the world. MIFF also provides the option for the winners of each season to vote for the new edition of the festival.
We are an organization committed to selecting, awarding, promoting, featuring and screening international and Canadian projects of all genres.
$30,000 is shared annually with award winners through bonuses, products and cash prizes in the seasonal and annual fest.
$6,000 in bonuses for Film Daily promotion and film marketing is available for the winners in the seasonal festival.
Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative short
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Canadian Film
Best Science Fiction
Best Web Series/TV Pilot
Best Human Rights
Best Female Director
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best Independent Film
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
Best Unproduced Script
Films must have been completed in the past 3 years.
Montreal premiere is required for the annual festival.
We consider films regardless of their premiere status in our seasonal. Even if your film has already premiered at another festival, whether it screened at a physical venue or online, it’s still eligible for consideration in the seasonal festival.
Online screening is optional in the seasonal competition and it has to be requested by the producer and is not mandatory for entering various sections of the competition due to premiere status of projects. Screening is only mandatory for the annual competition of the festival in spring.
The applicant holds the sole responsibility of copyright clearance of any copyrighted material in the film.
The festival has the right to use a trailer, stills, pics and posters for promotional purposes in various film magazines, social media, websites, etc.
Entry fees are non refundable since our programmers need to evaluate each project twice.
English or French subtitles are required for foreign language films. Films in English or French do not require subtitles.
Shorts must be less than 50 minutes. All projects over 50 minutes should submit to the feature category.
The festival will only communicate with the submitter of the film project.