An high recognition formula specifically designed to make independent filmmakers - and their films - more successful and marketable. 

What LDVFS offers is a new concept for International film events - a unique film festival based on the traditional award Nomination selection format originated in the Oscar system made by the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

WIth its Independent Spirit Identity, the Da Vinci Award MIFF Awards it's an event studied for filmmakers/distributors who always necessitate to raise the prestige and the Media impact of their films.

MIFF (from English acronym for Milan International Film Festival), nicknamed by the press as the "Milanese Sundance", has been recognized and distinguished as the official International Cinema exhibition festival of Milan. MIFF existed as a conventional film festival for 10 years, until 2010, reinvented itself as MIFF Awards, a brand new genre in the sphere of film events that featured an avant-garde format developed through an unwavering commitment to support Cinema culture: the Leonardo Da Vinci's Horse or MIFF Awards.

Organized by the non-profit Italian cultural association Leonardo Da Vinci Film Society (LDVFS), MIFF Awards merge a traditional film festival format to selection criteria initiated by AMPAS, nowadays known as the Oscar. Each year, LDVFS selects an eclectic pool of exceptional independent films from all over the world and exhibits the winning films during its showcases in Milan and often bring them touring in other locations.



1. Only new titles not yet released in Italy (theaters, dvd, etc.) are qualified for submission to the Da Vinci Awards, or MIFF Awards.

2. Just like any conventional film festival, films submitted are initially selected and chosen by programmers, in our case a Nomination Committee. The Nominees are selected among the submitted films in each section and specific Category (3-5 names per category including Best Directing, Best Screenwriting, Best acting Performance Male and Female, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Music/Sound Design, Best Supporting Actor and Actress). The candidates are then notified of their "nominated for awards" status.

3. The filmmaker Nominees are announced and their film info published online.

4. The films of the Nominated filmmakers are exhibited privately to the members of the Leonardo Da Vinci Film Society (LDVFS) who vote for the winner in each category.

5. The Winner filmmakers in each category are invited in Milan to receive the Da Vinci Award, and participate to the screening of their film during the festival.

6. Following the Winner announcement, the core festival program takes place and Winner film of each specific category is exhibited to the public* and will automatically compete for the Best Film Category (other Nominees' films maintain their premiere status).

7. Following the festival's winner wilmmaker's screenings to the public, the Audience's Choice Award among the Winners (elected exclusively by the theater's audience at the screenings) defines the Winner of the Best Film category.

* MIFF Awards Winner screening schedule could be strategically arranged based on their Italian release  screenings.


Soon submissions to the new 2022 edition will be available clicking here below

SUBMIT a film to the Da Vinci Awards XXII Edition.


Visit the following link to know each section's specific award category.


To know more about MIFF and MIFF Awards history, please consult MIFF History page .

To download MIFF Awards Rules and Regulations please go to Rules and Regulations page. Click on this link to know more about contributors and supporters of MIFF.


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