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Montreal International Film Awards are becoming an important staple for the indie filmmaking community with their monthly and annual festivals.

Montreal International Indie Short Film Awards: What you need to know

The Montreal International Indie Short film Awards are becoming quite popular with indie filmmakers all around the world. It’s no surprise as to why either – they hold both yearly and monthly festivals. The monthly event is a qualifier for IMDb which then screens the award winning films on the Toronto Short Film Channel every month. This makes the Montreal Awards a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers.

The festival has a myriad of categories which have recently been expanded to include awards such as Best Female Director of the Month and Best First Time Director. While the festivals are international in nature The Montreal International Indie Short Film Awards have a category to honor their home country – Best Canadian Film of the Month.

Even better, all of the winning films from the monthly festivals are nominated for the annual event in Montreal at the Cinema du Parc. The yearly festival boasts jurys with professionals who work in media in all of the hotspots around the world including Montreal, Toronto, New York, Hollywood, and Paris.

The director of the Montreal film festival, Arsalan Baraheni, is an award winning filmmaker himself. His event has become an important staple to the international filmmaking community, especially for those who are short film or indie filmmakers.

The winners of the most recent event are as follows

Best of show categories:

Best International Short Drama: Henry Bruno for Favor

Best International Director: Natalija Gormalova for Spirits We Dance

Best Actor: Michael Boston for Dress Rehearsal

Best Actress: Magdalena Edwards for A Short Story

Best Experimental: Henri Bassil for Love

Best Horror: Ryan Riddle for The Music Box

Best Independent Film: Simone Petrucci for There Will Be Time

Best Script: Mj Kim for Juicy Girl

Best Science Fiction: Sophia Ralston for The Red World

Best Animation: Matt Check for Mammoth: Primal Thirst

Best Youth Award Esabella Strickland for My Red Ball

Best Canadian Film: Sheila Rafizadeh for Mama Jo

Best Female Filmmaker: Victoria Malinjod for Don’t Burst My Bubble

Best First Film: Andrea Hachuel for Frangipani Rising

Best Cinematography: Apag Annakra for Spirits We Dance

Honorary Awards for Excellent Directing:

Michael Boston for Dress Rehearsal

Lucia Senesi for A Short Story

Simone Petrucci for There Will Be Time

Best Documentary:

A Line Unbroken: The Charles Forrester Story directed by David Earnhardt & Patricia Earnhardt

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