The International Avant-Garde Film Awards is an unpretentious showcase of experimental films from across the world. It was born from a series of underground film screenings in Northern California from 2016-2022. It has now grown into an annual event at one of New York City's most iconic arthouse theaters.

We’re interested in the types of films that Hollywood studios would never touch. Films that push creative boundaries, explore rare or controversial subjects, and tell compelling stories from a unique angle. We’re especially interested in films that connect humans to the natural world or bend our sense of reality.

Shorts, features, documentaries, animated films, and music videos are all welcome. The only thing we don’t accept are superhero movies.

As filmmakers ourselves, we understand the value of publicity for innovative filmmakers and their films. Awards are given out in 15 different categories. The winning film in each category will be featured on this website, including a published interview with the filmmaker. The top films will be screened at Quad Cinema, located at the nexus of Greenwich Village and Union Square in Manhattan—a mainstay of avant-garde cinema in New York City since 1972.

What We’re Looking For:
-Films that push artistic boundaries.
-Films that tell meaningful stories in unique ways.
-Narrative films framed by the natural world.
-Documentaries that aren’t preachy.
-Films about the changing world we live in.
-Films that reveal hidden aspects of our world.
-Mind-bending films that alter the way we think/feel/perceive.
-Films that highlight big ideas about how we can navigate the many challenges we face as a species and as a society.
-Unconventional environmental films.
-Art films that are compelling to watch.
-Music videos that take an innovative visual and/or narrative approach.

Best Environmental Film
Best Short Narrative Film
Best Feature Narrative Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Feature Documentary
Best Animated Short
Best Animated Feature
Best Experimental Short
Best Experimental Feature
Best Debut Film
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Design
Best Performance

-The International Avant-Garde Film Awards is politically independent. We welcome films from any side of the idealogical spectrum.
-No preference is given to anyone based on race, gender, or ethnicity. All voices are welcome.
-Open to filmmakers from any country.
-If English is not the original language, English subtitles would be helpful (unless it would significantly disturb the film's aesthetic).
-Open to films completed between June 2022 and October 2023.
-Short films < 40 minutes
-Feature films > 40 minutes