Yes, it's our 50th year! The prestigious ICVM CROWN AWARDS are the longest-running faith-based film awards!

The 50th Annual ICVM CROWN AWARDS recognize and promote the very best in indie Christian movies, documentaries, shorts, educational, music videos, foreign films, and more! PLUS we've added BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY and BEST SOUNDTRACK!


FINALISTS: Five 'Finalists' in each category will be honored during THE ICVM STORYTELLERS CONFERENCE from November 16-19 in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Centre Hotel. Join filmmakers from all over the world for four days of networking, education, seminars, popcorn night, our Script & Story Pitch-a-thon, screenings, and the 2nd Annual CHRISTIAN FILM MARKET- where deals are made! Crown Award Finalists will be announced on the final day! You'll make friends here, guaranteed. Sign up for the Storytellers Conference NOW at: Early bird rates until July 15th! Be there when the Finalists are announced!

WINNERS: The ICVM Crown Awards Ceremony announcing the top 3 winners (Gold, Silver & Bronze) in each category will be held at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Media Convention In May of 2023! You won't want to miss it, as NRB is the world's largest gathering of film, TV and radio communicators. Attending gives our Finalists a great shot at free valuable publicity and promotion for themselves and their films. NRB also holds great film seminars and networking events -- and hosts its very popular Film Pitch-a-thon, giving you opportunities to pitch one-on-one to distributors you choose!

NRB CONVENTION DELAY: NRB is normally in March each year, but due to a hotel scheduling obligation, it will happen in May next year. We feel it's worth waiting to name the winners at NRB because of the value our finalist filmmakers get by winning awards in front of 3,500 of the top professionals in Christian TV, radio and film who attend NRB.

-- JOIN ICVM NOW! YOU'LL GET 25% OFF YOUR ENTRY FEES, AND A BIG DISCOUNT TO THE ICVM STORYTELLERS CONFERENCE in November where Finalists are announced. YOU SAVE MORE THAN THAT WITH YOUR DISCOUNT ON THE STORYTELLERS CONFERENCE! (Discount does not apply to Student category, as we keep that fee low.)

SUBMIT IN MULTIPLE CATEGORIES: Your project can be submitted in multiple categories if you choose.

GOLD DISCOUNT: We love offering discounts for Film Freeway Gold members, too!

ICVM Gold, Silver and Bronze Crown Awards are given for each category. Some categories have prize money attached. Amount and categories for 2022 TBD. 

Finalists will be announced at the ICVM Storytellers Conference & Christian Film Market (CFM) Nov. 16-19. You might even get distribution at CFM where you meet one-on-one with top distributors!

The ICVM Crown Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners will be announced at a special ICVM Crown Awards Ceremony on the main stage during the NRB Christian Media Convention , May 22-25 at the Orlando World Conference Marriott. A great place to make contacts and distribution for you and your film!

The ICVM Crown Awards honors films with CHRISTIAN CONTENT OR CHRISTIAN VALUES, that fits one or more of our 17 categories, and are handled by the FilmFreeway submissions process. 

We have had several entries that are clearly NOT Christian in any way, where the submitters had clearly not read what our ICVM Crown Awards are about.

PLEASE NOTE: We reserve the right to disqualify any films submitted that do not adhere to our rules and terms. There are no refunds for films disqualified for any reason.

Our pool of jurists come mostly from our ICVM members, so you are truly judged by your peers. They will review and score submissions by category. The top 5 submissions in each category will become the Finalists for that category.

BECOME AN ICVM MEMBER, AND YOU CAN JUDGE FILMS TOO! (Just not any category your film is in!)

The jurist’s votes will be tallied to determine the five Finalists in each category, and then the Gold, Silver and Bronze ICVM Crown Award Winners.

The Best Picture category winners will be voted on by the ICVM board and selected from the finalists in the following categories: Best Comedy, Best Documentary Under $50k, Best Documentary Over $50k, Best Foreign Production, Best Theatrical Release Movie, Best Non-Theatrical Movie, & Best Evangelistic Production.

Overall Rating
  • Hsuan-Wei Wu

    Awesome, awesome festival!

    Thank you for the recognition and the honor of the Gold Crown Award!

    I didn’t get the chance to attend your event in person, but I’m honored to be able to present my work in 49th Annual Crown Award and to the Christian/Film community!

    Quoting one of my filmmaker friends and classmate,

    “I believe the message contained in the film is something that will speak to many people, so I believe that God will open more doors.”

    Last but not least, thank God for his guidance and all the miracles I encountered in the making of this film.

    God bless and may His name be glorified!

    April 2022
  • Charles Kreutzkamp

    Great festival, and an honor to receive the Gold Crown Award for Best Short Film!

    March 2022
  • Nick Coetzee

    I really appreciate the professionalism and attention to detail in this organization. The awards event was fantastic and I can only say great things about ICVM and the crown awards. I will continue to promote the event as the best faith based film festival for filmmakers, production people/actors etc

    March 2022
  • The ICVM Crown Awards was an unforgettable experience and blessing. Not only did we win the gold crown award for best music video, but we also got to meet, network and had fellowship with amazing creatives in the industry.

    March 2022
  • Justin Kron

    We were first-time submitters to the ICVM Crown Awards and new to what the ICVM is all about, so we did not know what to expect. Unfortunately we missed the on-line broadcast for the nominated films, but we were honored to find out that our feature documentary, HOPE IN THE HOLY LAND, was nominated, and we are really looking forward to the announcement of the winners at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in 2021.

    December 2020