September 2020 Edition

Screenplay Contest

Feature Films

Hide & Sniff – Best Film, Best Actress Award For "Miyuu Teshima" & Best Supporting Actress Award For "Haruka Imou" (Japan)

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“Are you ready?” KOKI racks his brain to try and win a game of hide-and-seek over his wife, ARIKA, who has a sensitive nose. One night, ARIKA senses an odd smell in KOKI’s body. The change in the odor of his body begins to torment her. Meanwhile, KOKI asks his little sister KASUMI for a favor.

Documentary Films

Ska d By The Music – Best Documentary Award (United Kingdom)

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This award winning documentary tells the story of Symarip the creators of the ‘Skinhead Moonstomp’ album. The British Jamaican Ska band that engaged a generation of working class teenagers.

Music Videos

Unbecoming – Critics Choice Award(United States)

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“Unbecoming” is a song about having the courage to dismantle who we have become through the expectations and demands of the people around us to get back to who we truly are. The stimulus for “unbecoming” often comes from unexpected life transitions or events that stop us in our tracks – this song is meant to encourage us all to throw off the chains and take advantage of these unexpected events, the signs the universe has sent us to follow our own dreams, not those that may have been imposed upon us, in order to live life to our fullest most beautiful potential – “set yourself free, you hold the key, to become all you can be.” “Unbecoming” written by Helen O’Shea & Marc Swersky (2 time Grammy winner) Recorded and mixed at Shorefire Recording Studios, Long Branch, New Jersey with Joseph DeMaio and mastered by Leon Zervos in Australia. Music video produced by Helen McNamara O’Shea and directed by Jack Daniel McNamara with DOP Dillon Reid and their team at Commander Media, in Limerick, Ireland.

Indian Short Film Category

OH FISH – Best Film, Best Women Director & Best Actor Award For " Dheekshith Shetty"

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OH FISH is a slice of life, feel good film shot during the lockdown. The story is about Harshita and Abhi –young, urban millenials living by themselves in the city and stuck at home during the lockdown. Their paths cross because of a delivery app mix up. Will these two lonely people connect and meet each other or no? This forms the crux of the story. The idea is to bring a happy smile on your face during these crazy times of the pandemic.

International Short Film Category

Unroadworthy – Best Comedy Short & Best Actor Award For "Adrian Glen" (Australia)

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A dark comedy about friendship, loyalty and a dead body in the boot of a broken down car.

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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