About Montreal Independent Film Festival:

Montreal Independent Film Festival has turned into one of the most popular visionary festivals on FilmFreeway. Cannes award winners, Oscar nominees and emerging independent film projects have competed in our IMDb qualifying festival. The festival has a seasonal and annual structure.

Every season, the festival has two online editions which leads to the annual festival as a hybrid event in late fall. The winners of each edition are further nominated to be an official selection of the annual festival as well. 

All the winners are promoted on Film Daily, TFM, our online magazine and social media to thousands of film industry professionals and artists. The winners can also request for online promotion and screening of projects through Toronto Film Channel. All the winners can request for a bonus from our publicity department.

MIFF is a hybrid event which is a blending of traditional forms of festivals with a new form of an online virtual festival that could create further opportunities for independent film projects to be noticed, awarded, screened and recognized in the film industry. 
Artistic Director

Arsalan Baraheni is a Canadian producer, director, writer and film distributor based in Montreal, Toronto and L.A. His films have premiered at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema du Parc of Montreal, McGill University, various art centers and festivals in New York, Milan, Gothenburg, Tel Aviv, Boston, Denver, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Nice, Madrid and Vancouver. Baraheni is also the recipient the 2017 award of the National Press & Media Council of Canda for his contributions to the cultural communities of Canada. Exilic Trilogy features three of his documentaries which premiered on BBC. Arsalan is also born into a very well known artistic family. His father is a famous poet who was also the president of Pen Canada. 

Some of the Members of Jury
Members of jury are assigned to various categories of the festival in each edition. Award winning artists of previous editions can also join as a member of jury.

Glen Reynolds is an American producer and distributor based in Los Angeles. His films have premiered in major festivals such as Sundance. He is the founder of Circus Road films in California. Glen has produced over 20 feature Films and distributed over 500 films to major American networks.


Babak Salari is an award winning Montreal based documentary photographer. Babak has been documenting the life of people in the Middle East, Europe, and south America through his experimental social and artistic black and white photography. He is also the recipient of the Gold Addy award from the American Ad Federation in 2004.


Sona Moghadam is the artistic director of Toronto International Women Film Fesitval. She is also a filmmaker and a women’s rights activist. Her 2016 feature documentary premiered at the 56th Krakow Film festival and later won the Women’s voices now award in America for the goal of advocating women's rights through socially impactful films. Sona holds a master of directing in cinema and she is also the founder of Silk Road, a film production and distribution company in Canada. 

Hanna Griffiths  was born in Australia and she resides in LA where she continues her work as a producer of independent feature films. She is also an actress and was the host of the Beverly Hills Film Festival. Griffiths was  also featured in The Hollywood Reporter as one of the celebrities for UNICEF promoting International Women's Day


Thierry Malet is a french composer of film music for over 100 titles in Imdb. In 2006, his film won the Cannes award. He also won the Sacem prize for best film score and was nominated for an Oscar.

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