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 promotions and bonuses and 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 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.
Our programmers and the members of our 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, a screening platform for indie filmmakers.
His films have premiered at the TIFF, Cinema du Parc of Montreal and various cinemas and festivals in New York, Milan, Gothenburg, Tel Aviv, Boston, Denver, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Nice, Madrid and Vancouver.
Exilic Trilogy features three of his Persian language documentary films featuring three of the most important Iranian artists in exile which premiered on BBC and universities in Canada and U.S.
Arsalan is born into a very well known artistic family. His father is a famous Persian poet and writer and 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.
Arsalan has been working as an independent Canadian filmmaker and film distributor for more than a decade. His production company is based in Montreal, Toronto and L.A.
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.