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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.


Best Narrative Feature

Songs of Kamui Director: Hiroshi Sugawara

Best Narrative Short

The monkey Director: Itziar Leemans

Best Feature Documentary


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


Director: Anna Arutiunian

Best Short Science Fiction


Director: Erim Sisman

Best Web Series/TV Pilot


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


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


Director: Ruby Mastrodimos


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


Best Composer of the season

Gedminte Samsonaite

The Hourglass

Honorable Mention Composer

Andersen VIANA


Best Scriptwriter of the season

Emma Who? Writer: Laura Michelle Edmundso

Best Youth Artist of the season

Mattia Peren


Best Unproduced Short Script

Psychopathic Killers

Writer: Susan May Thomas

Best Unproduced Feature Script

End Of Discussion Writer: Richard Redlo


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