July 2020 Edition Winners & Finalists

Screenplay Contest

Feature Films

City Of Salt – Best Women Filmmaker, Best Cinematography & Best Actress Award For "Lauren Catherine" (United States)

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When a community in Salt Lake City UT is turned upside down from the disappearance of a high school girl named Theo in the midst of her father’s political campaign, an exploration into the different accounts of what went on reveals a much deeper story. Theo’s bloody belongings are discovered in the mountains next to a creek with a suicide note, but her body is nowhere to be found. It is up to Detective Stanley and Detective Hobbs try to unravel the mystery, and it becomes apparent that Theo had come out as gay just weeks before she vanished. With each clue found, more questions arise, and the detectives begin to suspect that not everything is what it appears to be in Zion Creek. A story of love, loss, vice, and choices, City of Salt jumps back and forth in time to reveal what happened to Theo and demonstrates just how far people will go to bury what’s been latent underneath the surface.

Documentary Films

Le Jardin des Cimes an enclave at altitude – Special Mention (France)

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The Jardin des Cimes is located at over 1,000 meters above sea level, facing Mont-Blanc. Unique place, facing a magnificent panorama, where plant creation, gastronomy, artists in residences, concerts in summer, and the reception of young people in reintegration intermingle. Originally a reintegration project initiated by the association “En Passant par la Montagne”, founded by the Himalayan Marc Batard, the Jardin des Cimes has become over the years a place of reference, an anchor, a place of exchange, an enclave at altitude. The film retraces this human adventure and immerses the spectator in a dreamlike visual and musical universe.

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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