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16th Edition of MIFF

The 16th edition of Montreal Independent Film Festival (MIFF) brings together indie film projects from international and Canadian artists to compete and be recognized in the various sections of the IMDb qualifying seasonal event. The festival is a creative hybrid event with mostly online screening and promotion options for filmmakers, actors, writers and all artists working in media to be recognized for their talents and their unique independent arthouse projects. The winners of each seasonal festival go through another round of programming and the 20 finalists of the year compete further in the annual festival. MIFF is a film institution which was founded with the spirit of indie filmmaking and the intention to provide the right tools for indie artists to promote and screen projects throughout the year in MIFF Channel and through MIFF magazine in association with Cinema du Parc of Montreal. It is our pleasure to announce the latest winners of the 2022, Spring edition of MIFF.

Best Narrative Feature


Director: Roberto Ruiz Céspedes


Best Narrative short

The Veteran Dramedy

Director: Rainer Ludwigs

Honorable Mention Short

Absence Director: Arshile Egoyan

Honorable Mention Short

When I Shut My Eyes Director: Pedro Amed Mingardi

Pedro Amed Mingardi on the set

Best Feature Documentary

A Boy Called Piano - The Story of Fa'amoana John Luafutu

Director: Nina Nawalowalo

Best Short Documentary


Director: Gabriel Serra

Best Unproduced Feature Script


Writer: James Mayson

Best Unproduced Short Script

Under the Leaves

Writer: Aaron A Moore

Best Horror

The Domestic

Director: Brad Katzen

Best Comedy

RE-OPENING: A Lockdown Mockumentary

Director: Chris Guerra, Matthew John Koppin

Best Animation

Hellenic Places: Hermoupolis

Director: Charalambos Margaritis

Best Science Fiction

The Abandon

Director: Jason Satterlund

Best Web Series/TV Pilot

Outlaw Land

Director: Reza Sholeh

Reza Sholeh on the set

Honorable Mention Web Series/TV Pilot


Best Experimental

Brutal Moods

Director: Marta Bisbal Torres

Best Environmental

Fleeting Structure

Director: Patrick Lysaght

Best Female Director

Playing Through

Director: Balbinka Korzeniowska

Best Human Rights

Seeds of Life

Director: Paige McKenna Grube

Best First Time Filmmaker

Heavier Than Water

Director: Amauris Pérez Alcequiez

Best Student Film

Vlada Goes to London

Director: Arti Savchenko



Director: Apollo Bakopoulos

Best Thriller


Director: Phil Witte De Witte

​Best Canadian Indie


Director: William Cantin, Thomas Dufour

Best Director of the season


Directors: Carlos Rafael Betancourt, Oscar Ernesto Ortega

Best Feature Cinematographer of the season

DOP: Michael Williams

Mysterious Circumstance, The Death of Meriwether Lewis

Best Short Cinematographer of the season

DOP: Colin Cameron


Best Actor of the season

Ola Wallinder


Best Editor of the season

Liam Hendrix Heath

The Cathar

Best Composer of the season

John Bergstrom

This Vast and Mysterious Ocean

Best Scriptwriter of the season

Writer: Keara Barnes

The Stepmom

Best Youth Artist of the season

Tamiris Lima

When I Shut My Eyes

Best Actress of the season

Anahí Hoeneisen


Best Music Video

Phil Miller - You Can Tell

Director: Chase Bradburn

Best Independent Film


Director: Stephen Belber


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