Montreal Independent Film Festival
Is a monthly and an annual festival dedicated to international and Canadian shorts and feature films of all genres.
All the monthly IMDb qualifying winners receive are further nominated in the annual screening event and red carpet ceremony which will be covered by media at the Cinema du Parc of Montreal.
Twelve award winning films of each monthly edition will be screening in our annual festival event and one film will be chosen as the best picture of the year.
The festival is founded by Arsalan Baraheni, an internationally acclamied filmmaker and distributor of features and shorts based in Montreal, Toronto and Los Angeles.
The festival also offers screenings and promotions every month through Toronto Film Channel. All the official selections have the option to screen their films and be featured in various magazines such as the Film Daily, Toronto Film Magazine, and L.A. Indies.
The festival is truly passionate about the language of cinema, arts, filmmaking and the success of each project in the film industry.
The programmers and the members of the jury are professionals working in media from Canada and all over the world.
Arsalan Baraheni is a Canadian filmmaker, an author, a poet and the artistic director of Montreal Independent Film Festival. He is also the president of Toronto Film Channel and the founder of Venice Shorts in California. His media company is based in Montreal, Toronto and L.A.
His films have premiered at the TIFF, Cinema du Parc of Montreal and 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 award winning documentaries which premiered on BBC and was also shown in universities in Canada and U.S.
Arsalan is born into a very well known artistic family. His father is a famous poet who was also the president of Pen Canada and a close friend of literary figures such as Arthur Miller, Margaret Atwood, Allen Ginsberg, and Helene Cixous.
Members of Jury
Hanna Griffiths is an Australian born actress and an American feature film producer. She was also recently featured in the Hollywood reporter campaigning for UNICEF promoting international women's day.
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.
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.
Sona Moghadam is 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.