October 2020 Edition

Screenplay Contest

Feature Films

Clownery – Best Experimental Feature & Best Editing Award (Russian Federation)

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Tragic comedy of the absurd, based on the works of Daniel Kharms (1905-1942). Trying to recreate the realities of the 30s, at which the bloom of Kharms began to flourish, the director reproduces the style of filming, the acting of that time and introduces an “aged” sound into the picture. Thus, he manages to achieve maximum authenticity of the sound of the author’s text and help the viewer to plunge into the atmosphere in which the classic of the absurd lived and worked. This is the world of illusions, hints and associations, reflecting the stream of consciousness of the creator living in an era of silence. This era in a paradoxical way reminds of today’s Russia. Various works of Daniil Kharms are filigreely connected into a single whole by means of a certain character dressed in a sailor’s jacket, who roams from “incident” to “occasion”, falling into various stories and leaving unharmed from the most improbable situations. The character is a sweet embodiment of a revolutionary sailor in stock, which filled Russian society in the early 1930s. He is quite a good-natured “lumpen”, not devoid of the features of his class: arrogance, perversity, impudence and arrogance. In the film, the works of Harms were filmed: “Interference”, “Victory of Myshyn”, “Grigoriev and Semyonov”, etc.

Documentary Films

NEWS FROM FUKUSHIMA – Best Documentary Feature Award (Japan)

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The nuclear disaster in Fukushima set off three meltdowns. This film documents a theater piece, performed in San Francisco last year, by a multicultural cast, bringing together poetry, dance and music to explore the ideas of human error and suffering juxtaposed to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Web Series

ALL ABOUT SEC 377 – Best Web Series (India)

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First Lgbt Web Series Made In India

Music Videos

I Miss My baby Girl – Best Music Video (United States)

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When my girlfriend had a miscarriage at 8 months I was lost and did not know what to say or do. She went into a deep depression. This song is about me as a MAN not being able to understand from the mother’s point of view of what she and MILLIONS have went through since the beginning of time. BUT in this song I’m speaking from the father point of view

Indian Short Film Category

An Untold Story of Paperboats – Best Short Film & Best Actor Award For "DARSHAN GURJAR"

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This action packed film is the story of a school boy who gets drawn into the dark life of child soldiers. Set in the Naxalite infested jungles of Bengal.

Animation Short Film Category

The Very Special Day – Best Animation Award

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“The Very Special Day” is a stop motion animation short by Hayatto of a children’s story written and read by Yuri Kageyama. A birthday is very special for any little boy. And a little boy is very special for any parent. This is an everyday but very special story about the trials and joys of growing up in an imperfect world. With music by Kouzan Kikuchi, Hiroshi Tokieda, Ryan Carter and Isaku Kageyama.

International Short Film Category

Brother Troll – Best Film, Best Actor Award For "BUI DAM", Best Supporting Actor Award For "NICOLAJ FALCK" & Best Editing (Faroe Islands)

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Once upon a time in the Faroe Islands, two lone brothers struggle to save the family farm and their relationship after the sudden loss of their older brother.

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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