July 2020 Edition Winners & Finalists

Screenplay Contest

Feature Films

I'm Sinner – Best Film & Best Actor Award For "Ankur Nayyer" (United States)

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Over ten million female fetuses were aborted in the last two decades after prenatal gender checks in India. Every day there are many female infanticides committed by various methods. According to India’s Government in 2016, 2000+ girls are killed every day in India. Due to this, there is an alarming sex-ratio imbalance rising between male and females in India. This story is about a father and his family that desperately want to raise a son, but had four daughters instead. It also follows the daughters’ journey as they try to grasp why their father doesn’t love them. Through a series of events, the father realizes his mistakes, recognizes his duty to raise them, and becomes a very proud father.The film also enlightens the Indian society by making them realize that this social injustice and discrimination will not stop until we take a stand to speak up collectively. Our film tagline is, “Tolerating injustice is a greater sin than inflicting.”

Documentary Films


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My documentary is startling revelation about the abysmal working conditions in Bollywood which is now laying claim to be global giant and churning out thousands of hours of content. The technicians and workers are deprived of social security and long punishing working hours take their toll on their health. The basic and fundamental safety measures are absent leading to accidents with unfailing regularity. Basic facilities such as clean toilets and hygienically prepared food are not accessible. In nutshell human rights are violated on sets and locations with impunity.

Web Series

The Corona Dialogues – Best Web Series (United States)

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A five episode web-series. Family dynamics, honest and poignant, make for dark comedy. Set in the video-conferencing world of pandemic-stricken America, this tightly contained five episode series takes us through sibling rivalries, paternal secrets and the most ill-conceived date in history.

Short Films

Choices – Best Short Film, Best Actress Award For "CAROLINA KASTING" & Best Supporting Actress Award For "TUNA DWEK" (Brazil)

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In the 1940s, shocking secrets are revealed and transorm the lives of a mother and her daughter.


Semi Finalists

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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