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Indie film festival

Serving Filmmakers is our first and only goal.


The IndieFEST Film Awards are unique in the industry.  Attracting both powerhouse industry veterans as well as talented new filmmakers it is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition.  The IndieFEST is about helping industry professionals who create fresh, standout entertainment achieve the publicity and credibility they deserve.  Serving filmmakers is the IndieFEST’s primary goal.

Established in 2008, The IndieFEST Film Awards is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality films and new media. The IndieFEST promotes award winners through press releases to over 40,000 filmmakers, industry contacts as well as five additional global media/distribution outlets. We are currently creating a filmmaker representative program to assist with the distribution of award winning films.

Our talented IndieFEST award winners have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys & Tellys.

Where our filmmakers are from:

The IndieFEST Film Awards puts filmmakers first and provides a direct opportunity for recognition and publicity for high quality films and documentaries. It is international in scope and has granted awards to producers in Australia, Bahrain, Bali, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, the USA and more.

What kind of media:

The IndieFEST is an excellent venue for film, new and experimental media, television programs, animation, educational programs, remixes & mashups, movie trailers, music videos, webisodes and tube length works.

Judging and Award Levels

Each year IndieFEST Film Awards receives thousands of entries. Quality and creativity are celebrated in four levels of awards: Best of Show, Award of Excellence, Award of Merit and Award of Recognition.

The judging takes place by in-house staff and a committee of industry professionals including Emmy, Telly and Communicator award recipients.

Entries do not compete against each other. Instead, entries are judged individually against a high standard of merit and are scored accordingly. Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded as Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, Award of Recognition.  For entries that do no score high enough to qualify for any award levels – they do not receive any recognition.  The top films of the competition are Award of Excellence “Special Mention” and Best of Show.

Award levels are based solely on judges scores.  For a general list of judging criteria – you can find it here:

No fixed number of awards are granted at any level but rather fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline.


Each submission received through the IndieFEST Film Awards website or any film portal will be contacted via electronic mail to confirm entry. Film portals such as Film Freeway generally also notify through their system.

After judging is completed, winners in all categories will be notified of their award and are provided the opportunity to acquire statuettes and other keepsakes to commemorate their achievement. Submissions that were not awarded will be notified after the judging process.

We proudly comply with Film Festival best practices

Serving Filmmakers is our top priority.

Humanitarian Award:

Each year the IndieFEST Film Awards grants its Annual Humanitarian Award for dedicated service to Social Justice, Animal Welfare, Political, Environmental, Wellness, or Conscious Awareness. issues.  There is one Grand Prize winner and additional Humanitarian Awards are given at the Outstanding Achievement and Award of Distinction levels.


•Submissions in other than English must be subtitled.

•Multiple entries are allowed from a filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.

•The entry fee for the first judging category is $60.00. Each additional judging category is $40.00.

•Please provide an online link to your submission and be sure to include the password on the attached online submission form. Or you can send a DVD screener in PAL or NTSC format.

•Written comments describing entries are beneficial.

•DVD Entries will not be returned.

Indie Film Festival awardStatuettes

The IndieFEST statuette is exceptional in this industry and is a work of art.  Covered with 24k gold it is manufactured by the company that makes the worlds’ most prestigious and celebrated awards, the Oscar, Clio, and Accolade.  For more information about the statuette click here:

Sister Competitions:

The IndieFEST Film Awards sister competitions are the Best Shorts Competition  honoring the best of shorts filmmaking and the Accolade Global Film Competition which celebrates outstanding media of every variety around the globe and the IMPACT DOCS Awards recognizing documentary filmmakers with exceptional craft.   All four competitions share administrative offices but have independent judging and judging results from one competition will not influence the outcome of the other.


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