June 2020 Edition Winners & Finalists

Screenplay Contest

Feature Films

Extirpator Of Idolatries – Honorable Mention Award (Peru)

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The police detective Waldo (Oswaldo Salas), of immersed and circumspect disposition and temper, investigates several crimes associated with indigenous rituals that occur in some regions of the Peruvian Andes. There we find a girl (Paulina Bazán) and a boy (Diego Yupanqui) who are about to enter puberty and begin to interact with certain mythical beings, a supernatural belief very common in many Andean villages. A sinister character (the “Extirpator of Idolatries”), pretending to be on a mission of faith, but imbued with religious dogmatism and intolerance, interrupts this peaceful scene as he casts an ominous shadow over these ancient Peruvian beliefs. Although Waldo’s boss considers him inferior and distrusts his methods (a form of discrimination), the policeman continues his efforts to capture the “Extirpator of Idolatries.” At the same time, Waldo will resolve his own inner conflict which has troubled him all his life. Director Biography – Manuel Siles

Documentary Films

All the King's Men- 1910 Cornhusker Football – Best Director Award (United States)

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A National Champion Coach and a roster full of Nebraska kids take on a very different game of College football in Downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Cornhusker Head Coach William Cole had to find a way to win or face the wrath of the Students and the Fans. One thing he did know, they were going to have to fight to win the Missouri Valley Conference.

Music Videos

terroir – Best Women Filmmaker Award (United States)

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The French word ‘terroir’ is used across many languages and cultures to describe the soil and climate factors that give wine its character. Metaphorically, we can look at our human upbringing and the resulting character of various world cultures as ‘terroir’. Factually, we all originate from women, but it is the rare culture that respects or honors this truth. Why do we pervert the vessel of life to its own self-denial?

Short Films

Dream for Happiness – Best Short Film, Best Cinematoraphy & Best Actress Award for "Stefka Yanorova" (Bulgaria)

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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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