May 2020 Edition Winners & Finalists

Screenplay Contest

Feature Films

BENEATH A Cave Horror Film – Best Indie Feature Award (United States)

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When a group of cavern tour guides hear an old tale of a sacrificial cult performing rituals in the cave, they sneak down into the restricted areas to find out more.

Documentary Films

Change The World – Best Women Filmmaker Award (Australia)

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Angelena Bonet is a warrior in the fight to end violence against women. With a fierce commitment to helping victims heal, and take back their life, she brings to bear a multitude of talents, wisdom and personal experience.

Web Series

Confessions – Best Web Series (United States)

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A priest, Father Michael King, is called to a psychiatric ward regarding a possible demonic possession. When Father Michael meets Lisa Coal, their interactions leads to a series of confessions they both did not expect.

Music Videos

Mitch Ferrada Before – Best Music Award (United States)

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Music Video of Artist Mitch Ferrada

Indian Short Film Category

Thiru Thai Avale – Best LGBT Film, Best Actress Award for "Jeeva Subramaniyam" & Best Supporting Actress Award for "Priyadharshini"

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“THIRUTHAAI AVALE” renders the suffering of a trans woman to become a mother.The plot is knitted with the struggle of a transwoman mother who puts her life at stake to give birth to her son and grapple to see his son. This film has touched the motherly nature of transwomen in the society.

Animation Short Film Category

Work Song – Best Animation Award (United States)

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An animated poem about emotional growth and creativity.

International Short Film Category

Gracefully Broken – Special Mention Award (United States)

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Alex’s world comes crashing down and he starts to slowly slip into depression.While on the verge of having suicidal thoughts he crosses paths with a woman that could potentially be his saving grace.


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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