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Check out the Fall/2023 winners of MIFF




Montreal Independent Film Festival has turned into a very popular seasonal competition with an annual screening event in cinema for independent filmmakers and artists from all over the globe. With thousands of entries every year, the fest has created hybrid seasonal and annual programs in order to continuously promote, screen, discover and recognize independent voices in cinema.


The seasonal competition of MIFF for the Fall 2023 competition received more than 700 submissions in various categories of the festival which includes narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, environmental and student film genres. The festival also has various contests in acting, screenwriting, cinematography, directing, etc. The festival team offers online screening to the nominees of each season while the winners go through the annual programming team for either cinema or online screening in spring of each year. The finalists of the year are screened for the public in cinema.


Annual 2023 screening of the finalists at the Cinema du Parc


The mission of the festival is to promote film projects and artists to members of the film industry and other filmmakers and artists working on a variety of genres in film and Television.


Team members and artists at the annual screening of shorts


Montreal Independent Film Festival has created many opportunities for independent film projects and artists to be noticed, awarded, screened and recognized in the film industry.

The festival also continues to select jury members who are assigned to various sections of the festival in each edition.

MIFF is an organization committed to selecting, awarding, promoting, featuring selecting and screening international and Canadian projects of all genres.


Every season, MIFF promotes the winning film projects and various artists working on independent arthouse films to thousands of artists and film industry professionals. Cannes award winners and Oscar nominees have also joined emerging independent artists to compete in various sections of the festival.

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of the Fall/2023 competition.



Winners:


Best Narrative Feature

Songs of Kamui Director: Hiroshi Sugawara




Best Narrative Short

The monkey Director: Itziar Leemans





Best Feature Documentary

Vibrant

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand



Best Short Documentary

Freeman Patterson: The Universe is Unfolding as it Should Director: Scott Anthony David Munn




Best Independent Film

I Think I'm Sick Director: Danny Gevirtz




Honorable Mention Independent Feature

In Fidelity

Director: Rob Margolies





Best Short Horror

My Baby

Director: John Dada




Best Short Comedy

Heavenly Flames Director: Quentin Ferrant




Best Short Animation

Repaint

Director: Anna Arutiunian




Best Short Science Fiction

Laplace

Director: Erim Sisman




Best Web Series/TV Pilot

EAST

Director: Dana Marisa Schoenfeld




Best Experimental

In the Shadow of Palms Director: Mischa Meyer




Best Environmental

War for The Woods Directors: Sean Stiller, Geoff Morrison





Honorable Mention Environmental

Salted Earth

Director: Ben Hemmings




Best Female Director

The Dogs

Director: Valerie Buhagiar




Honorable Mention Female Director

Moisture Director: Duda Gorter




Best Human Rights

ABANDONADOS "Abandoned"

Director: Francisco Manso Faria



Honorable Mention Human Rights

The Asifa Bano Story Director: Mina Isabella JafriMalik



Best First Time Feature Filmmaker

Beyond the Blue Border

Director: Sarah Neumann




Best First Time Short Filmmaker

CROIX DE BOIS CROIX DE FER (wooden Cross / Iron cross) Director: David Moerman




Best Student Film

THREAD TENSION

Director: Ruby Mastrodimos




Best LGBTQ

Honey & Milk

Director: Dash Donato




Best Music Video

Hold You Down Director: Jean Charles Charavin




Best Thriller

The Post

Director: Justin Hunt




Best Canadian Indie

The Founder Effect

Director: Justin MacGregor




Best Director of the season

Forgive Me Father Director: James Biberi




Best Cinematographer of the season

Heartbreak Falls (Part 1)

Andy Morin



Honorable Mention Cinematographer

Bang Bang Piotr Skowronski




Best Actor of the season

Pat Shortt

The Life of Lester Wink



Best Actress of the season

Babetida Sadjo

JUWAA



Best Composer of the season

Gedminte Samsonaite

The Hourglass




Honorable Mention Composer

Andersen VIANA

PITÁGORAS DE SAMOS




Best Scriptwriter of the season

Emma Who? Writer: Laura Michelle Edmundso




Best Youth Artist of the season

Mattia Peren

999- THE OTHER SOUL OF FOOTBALL




Best Unproduced Short Script

Psychopathic Killers

Writer: Susan May Thomas




Best Unproduced Feature Script

End Of Discussion Writer: Richard Redlo

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