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Winter2024 seasonal winners of MIFF

The annual festival and the IMDb qualifying seasonal competition is an innovative event with annual live screenings and networking events through Cinema du Parc and seasonal promotions through MIFF magazine/Channel to thousands of artists and media professionals.

The annual and the seasonal competition of the MIFF has turned into one of the most popular emerging international festivals in the past few years. The festival committee is devoted to the promotion, discovery, recognition and screening of independent films of all genres from all over the world in its seasonal and annual programs through online and the cinema. 

With thousands of entries every year, the programming team nominates about hundred projects for each seasonal competition and the winners are forwarded to the annual programming team for the annual screenings of the festival at the Cinema du Parc of Montreal and through MIFF magazine/Channel. The finalists are screened in the cinema every year. All the seasonal nominees are also invited to screen their projects through MIFF platform. Arsalan Baraheni, the artistic director of Montreal Independent Film Festival brings together various distributors, critics, filmmakers and artists from various countries to join the festival and the festival team consists of artists from all over the globe.

Montreal Independent Film Festival is honored to announce the winners and Honorable Mentions of the Winter/2024 in various sections of the competition. It is our pleasure to announce the latest winners of the fest. 

Here are the winners of the Winter2024 seasonal competition of MIFF:

Best Narrative Feature

Director: Ivan Jovic

Best Narrative Short

Go For Grandma

Director: Sabrina Doyle

Best Feature Documentary

Sitting in the Fire


Honorable Mention Documentary

Director: Pablo Durana

Best Short Documentary

People & Wolves

Director: Rachel Tilseth

Best Independent Film

Atikamekw Suns

Director: Chloé Leriche

Best Short Horror

La Croix (The Cross)

Director: Joris Fleurot

Short Comedy of the season

Director Mason Sperling

Best Short Animation


Director: Ben Bjelajac

Best Short Sci-Fi


Director: Allan Shen

Best Web/Series

Behind the Scenes

Director: Marvin Zana

Best Short Experimental

How Can You Be Born

Directors: Gabriella Keren Sternfeld, Ori Shemer

Best Environmental

Salmon Secrets

Director: Jeremy MATHIEU

Best Female Director

Lost in Wonderland

Director: Daniela Amavia

Best Short Human Rights

Beyond Babi Yar

Director: Eli Adler

Best First-Time Filmmaker


Director: Hugo Hebbe

Best Student Film


Director: Nele Johann

Best Short LGBTQ

The Last Take

Director: Brian Foyster

Honorable Mention LGBTQ


Director:  Christopher Frentzel

Best Music Video

Vaja - People Are People

Director: Vaja

Best Thriller

Haunting Trophies

Director: László Illés

Canadian Indie of the season

The Liberation Men

Directors: Terry Jansen & Danny Crossman

Director of the season

Bring Him To Me

Director: Luke Ian Sparke

Cinematographer of the season

Jeetendra Pidikiti

The Final Chapter

Best Actor

Armand Assante

Don Q

Best Actress

Nina Frosi


Honorable Mention Actor

James Dickey

Fighting the Fire

Best Editor of the season

Petro Tzymbal

Life To the Limit

Best Composer of the season

Die Hexen


Best Youth Artist of the season

On the paths awakened

Director: Axel DAHAN

Best Unproduced Short Script

You Are Going To Die Today

Writer: Elise Felber

Honorable Mention Short Script

The Claddagh Ring

Writer: Adam Kelly Morton

Best Unproduced Feature Script

Writer: Fiore DeRosa

Best Unproduced Feature Script

12 Hours

Writer: Jodi J Morneau


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