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Award Winners of MIFF are announced

Montreal Independent Film Festival (MIFF) was founded in the spirit of independent filmmaking, creativity, and discovery for independent international and Canadian shorts and features of all genres. The monthly festival recognizes the best of the month in various international and Canadian categories. All the monthly winners are also credited on IMDb and promoted through MIFF on social media and various platforms. All the award winners and honorable mentions are further considered for the annual festival and screening with cash awards, promotions and bonuses for independent filmmakers and artists from all over the world. The festival has received a record number of submissions in the past year and is known as one of the most popular and visionary festivals by FilmFreeway.

Baraheni, the artistic director of the festival finalized the decision with the jury of film scholars, filmmakers, critics and distributors on February 3rd 2021. It is our pleasure to announce the latest winners of the Montreal Independent Film Festival in Toronto Film Magazine.

Best Narrative Feature:

Le Cineaste - a director's journey

Directed by: Manlio Roseano

Best Narrative short:

Just Another Summer

Directed by: Ryan Little

Feature Documentary:

My Dear Mother

Directed by: Paul-Anders Simma

Short Documentary:

What remains of me

Directed by: Nisreen Alsbeihi

Best Horror:

The Invitation (Die Einladung)

Directed by: Thorsten Schade

Best Comedy:

TANGO SHALOM Directed by: Gabriel Bologna

Best Independent Film:


Directed by: LUIS ISMAEL

Best Student Film:

Leaden Hearts

Directed by: Megan MacDonald

Best Animation:

What Remains Directed by: Sianoosh Nasiriziba

Best Science Fiction:

THEM Directed by: Ignacio Maiso

Best Web Series/TV Pilot:

Tango of Imaginary Friends

Directed by: Laura Copan, Ring Hyacinth

Best Experimental

If We Had Tomorrow

Directed by: Anastasiya Yevchenko

Honorable Mention Experimental:

Mad Mieter Directed by: M+M (Weis / De Mattia)

Best Female Director:


Directed by: Yuchi Tian

Best First Time Filmmaker:


Directed by: Maxime Duval


Night Ride Directed by: Eirik Tveiten

Best Music Video:

Bliss Swerve Directed by: Nao Sakamoto

Best Thriller:

8 Loops Directed by: Nils Lane

Best Trailer:

ROHINGYA ''People from no where " Directed by: HAIDER KHAN

Best Director:


Directed by: Slavek Horak

Best Producer:

Produced by: Douglas Heil

Diane Vlajcic Heil

Best Script

Siberian Sex

Writer: Mark Denemark

Best Cinematographer:


DOP: Aaron Mclisky

Best Actor:

Jos Laniado for Tango Shalom

Best Actress:

Jessica Sharples for Jen, 28

Honorable Mention Best Actress:

Erica Matthews for Tempted

Best Editing & Honorable Mention Actor & Honorable Mention Director:

American Desert

Directed by: Adrian Bartol

Starring: Will Brandt

Best Unproduced Script:

Siberian Sex

Writer: Mark Denemark

Best Script:

Million Loves in Me Scriptwriters: Tiong Wooi LIM, John Y and Jeremy Tan

Best Composer:


Composer: Emiliano Mazzenga

Honorable Mention Student Film:

The 12th Day

Directed by: Ryan Trehy

Honorable Mention Music Video:

Love´s worst nightmare Directed by: Philippe Funk

Honorable Mention short Comedy:

We Got Divorced Directed by: Natalie Metcalfe, Danny Nash

Honorable Mention Short:

Saving Grayson

Directed by: Breck Cuddy

Canadian Indies

Best Independent Canadian Film

The Call

Directed by: Steve Verrier, Marc-Olivier Paquin

Best Canadian Narrative Short:

Directed by: Leah Mckendrick

Best Canadian Student Film & Series


Directed by: Maryan Haye, Carol Liu

Best Canadian Documentary

Grass Farmers

Directed by: Chad Galloway

Honorable Mention Canadian Documentary

Beyond Culinary - Ontario Farms

Directed by: Giulia Frisina

Honorable Mention Canadian Documentary


Directed by: Ramin Eshraghi Yazdi

Honorable Mention Canadian Animation


Directed by: Kunsang Kyirong

Honorable Mention Canadian Short


Directed by: Trey Martis

Honorable Mention Canadian Short


Directed by: Jimmy Larouche

Honorable Mention Canadian Composer


Composer: Eric Juu


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