August 2020 Edition Winners & Finalists

Screenplay Contest

Feature Films

A Spoonful Of Stardust – Best Women Filmmaker Award (Russian Federation)

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The intergalactic Council believes that the inhabitants of Earth are very aggressive and for this reason pose a threat to the entire Cosmos. The decision was made to destroy the Earth. Astronaut Ion disagrees. He goes to Earth and promises to show proof that the inhabitants of Earth can change. Ruslan and Tanya were going to a dance competition. They fell behind the train and found themselves at a mysterious railway station. A strange woman gives them advice, and they go to the Island. On the Island, astronaut Ion falls into a time trap. He needs to find an ancient space portal to return home. Ruslan and Tanya are ready to help him and go on a search. A strange woman spies on them. She plans to kidnap Ion and use him for experiments. She unsuccessfully tries to make Ruslan her accomplice. Astronaut Ion gets sick. The fate of him and the entire planet is in danger. Ruslan tries to cure Ion. Tanya goes to search for a space portal. Ion is recovering. He tells Ruslan the ancient secret of the Earth about the cosmic ancestors of man. Tanya completed the task: she found the entrance to the space portal. Ruslan and Tanya say goodbye to Ion. They give Ion their mobile phones. Ion leaves Earth and returns to the Intergalactic Council. Members of the Intergalactic Council watch videos from their phones, they like everything. They are ready to reverse the decision to destroy Earth. But… one bad joke from the phone, and the Intergalactic Council decides to destroy Earth. Ion is desperate. He offers to watch the wonderful dance of Tanya and Ruslan. The dance all members of the Intergalactic Council like, they vote, and the Earth is saved! The strange woman turned out to be a special space agent. She helped Ion arrange a difficult test for Tanya and Ruslan! Ion received proof that the inhabitants of the Earth are capable of altruism, self-sacrifice, and love. Tanya and Ruslan did not get to the dance competition, but they passed the tests, were able to change, and believed in themselves. They saved the Earth.

Documentary Films

The Man Behind The White Guitar – Best Documentary Feature Award (United States)

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A spectrum of people, voices, and textures, “The Man Behind the White Guitar” is a film about the musical life of Brazilian guitarist José Pires de Almeida Neto. His music and energy have been behind major world musicians, including Harry Belafonte and Steve Winwood, as well as Brazilian greats, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira. His diverse musical journey from Brazil to the United States and England and deep life challenges have taught him the values of loyalty, devotion, and positive vision that speak through his sounds and performing spirit. He’s touched the lives of the most unsuspecting fans worldwide.

Web Series

THE HONEY TRAPPER – Best Web Series (United States)

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After following her heart on a path that went awry, Leila returns to San Antonio fiery and determined to guide the reins of her honey-trapping business to a new level. With changes and growth come new challenges: a life-changing discovery of information withheld for years, an inquisitive new assistant, a suspiciously paranoid Charlie, a difficult client with arduous demands, and an unlikely work ally. This season Leila will be put to her own tests of trust and integrity. How will she choose? -Series created by: Felise Garcia

Music Videos

Mr. Robertson – Best Music Video Award (United States)

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Short Films

HOMECOMING – Best Short Film Award (Philippines)

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The movie centers on the Ibanag tribe and the corn farmers of the City of Ilagan, Isabela. The tribe leader Tatang has three kids but were separated when a big flood hit the area. The kids named Mario, Dario and Rico survived the flood but were saved by other families. Mario, the eldest became a doctor while Dario ended up as an engineer. The youngest Rico was not swept from afar by the flood so he stays in the tribe with his father. Before the death of Tatang, he was hopeful to see his two other sons. The family got reunited when a tragedy happened. The film stresses about family relationship despite the separation. Being proud of our roots despite the successes we’re enjoying was also tackled in the movie. Ilagan being the country’s corn capital, “Mammangi” shows the vast corn fields of the City of Ilagan and the close relationship between the Ibanag tribe and other corn farmers.

Filmmaker Reviews

Madras Independent Film Festival

Filmmakers Review

Arek Zasowski

Friendly and professional online event. Good communication with the Organisers. Beautiful laurel and certificate. I will submit again my future projects. Keep up the great work.

Brandie Rich

This was a wonderful festival! The communication was great and timely. This festival didn’t hesitate to respond to any of my questions regarding the process and I received my beautiful laurels and certificate very quickly. I look forward to submitting future projects to this festival.

Angelena Bonet

What an absolute honour to be a part of the Madras Independent Film Festival! To win Best Women Filmmaker for my documentary "Change The World" is a dream come true. Thank you for such a wonderful film awards ~ your communication and heartfelt care for independent filmmakers is much appreciated. Keep up the great work and I look forward to submitting more of my work in the near future!

Molly Gazay

Love this festival! We have won a few awards from Madras, and we couldn’t be happier. They were great at updating us, and promoting the materials on their social media and website!

MIguel Angel Barroso García

Great Festival that looks at independent cinema, auteur cinema of all genres !!! We are very grateful for the Award for our films !!! Good luck!!!

Ken Holmes

Fantastic festival! I’m thrilled to have been a part. Definitely recommend!

Craig Moore

Thanks to Madras Independent Film Festival for recognising my short film, Three Brothers Two, in their acting categories. Very pleased. Quick turnaround, very affordable and the certificates are nice!

Just A Girl 17x

Loved, loved loved this festival. This is Depression was chosen as an award winner and we couldn't be happier. Thank you so much MIFF... you are all lovely xx

Barron Smith

This was a excellent festival. They communicated well and everything was on time!!!!

Karthick K

Everything was good especially communication are in timely manner !
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