August 2020 Edition Winners & Finalists

Screenplay Contest

Feature Films

Once Upon a Time in Tokyo – Best Film & Best Actress Award For "Mai Nakano" (Japan)

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One of the safest, most vital, cosmopolitan cities in the world, Tokyo also has the power to alienate individuals and suffocate them as they pursue their own desires. Over the course of 24 hours, five characters will make choices and face dilemmas as they try to cope with yet another day suffocating in such a world. Their lives will intersect as the story builds to a tragic climax for some and liberation for others.

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

The New Normal – Special Mention Award (United States)

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A comedy all about the experiences of one group of people during the Covid-19 pandemic and how they’ve adapted their lives in quarantine. They may be apart but through technology like Zoom, they are able to connect in a fun way. While connecting virtually, they express the unique and often humorous ways in which they are coping with the pandemic and what has come to be known as “The New Normal.”

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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