Welcome to Indie Shorts Awards MIAMI

Our mission is to discover talented filmmakers from all over the world and help them promote and showcase their work.

Indie Shorts Awards Miami is a festival dedicated to international short films of all genres, aiming to find new voices and perspectives to celebrate the power of a good story. We are committed to bring the best of worldwide cinema.

Miami and its inimitable and amazing style is home to one of the largest film production and distribution centers in the world.
The film history has an immense relationship with Miami and continues to fully grow in magnificent ways.

Our professional screeners will privately review your film and the highest scored films will become part of the official selection. Then, our international jury will award the best projects among them. All of them will receive the official laurel and an achievement certificate.

We will also be awarding the Best Short of the year with a prize of USD 2500 and the Best New Filmmaker with a prize of USD 1000. (The annual prize of usd 2500 will be given once a year to the best film chosen from INDIE SHORTS AWARDS Miami, Cannes, New York, Seoul and Buenos Aires). Same as the annual prize of usd 1000 for Best New Filmmaker)

Winner announcements will be released on December 15 th through our social media to help promote your film.


We proudly announce all our Categories.

Your project might become a multi award winning film!.

In order to apply to any additional category, the film must be submitted in a MAIN category.


Best Short
Best Foreign short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Student Short
Best First Time Filmmaker Short
Best Music Video
Best Web Series


Best Producer
Best Female Director
Best Male Director
Best Female Student Director
Best Male Student Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best New Artist
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Production Design
Best Sound Design
Best Original Score
Best Screenwriting


1- In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.
2- The Festival relationship will exclusively be related to the film submitter.
3- Any Foreign film that is not in English must have English subtitles.
4- All fees are non-refundable.
5- INDIE SHORTS AWARDS MIAMI will not be responsible for damaged copies.
6- A DCP copy of the film is required for the annual gala screening.
7- Students must present a valid Student ID in order to receive our student discount.
8- Not all the submissions are selected for the official competition. Our Judges are free to make their own choices and no answers will be given about not selected films.
9- INDIE SHORTS AWARDS MIAMI can consider any film to be disqualified if the festival considers the content inappropriate. If you have any question regarding this decision you might contact us at our email address miami@indieshortsawards.com
10- Filmmakers can submit the film in multiple categories in order to become a multi-award film. Our Team may suggest the categories that are more suitable for the film to apply. Still, the decision about the selection is strictly determined by our judges' team and no selection is guaranteed.
11- A fee is required for the main category submission and also fees for additional categories. For payment structure visit (FilmFreeway website).
12- The applicants (submitters) must accept INDIE SHORTS AWARDS MIAMI Rules and Terms.
13- All submissions in personal categories required the name of the person and the category. You can easily send us this information in the cover letter at FilmFreeway website.
14- Submitting your movie, you authorize INDIE SHORTS AWARDS MIAMI to use, distribute and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis and movie stills in our social media.
15- Maximum length allowed is 40 minutes.
16- The annual prize of usd 2500 will be given once a year to the best film chosen from INDIE SHORTS AWARDS Miami, Cannes, New York, Seoul and Buenos Aires.
Same as the annual prize of usd 1000 for Best New Filmmaker.

Overall Rating
  • Angel Barroeta

    great selection of film, I loved their hospitality and communication

    December 2020
  • Anthony Cally

    the team behind this festival are incredibly nice and incredibly clear. At no point was there any confusion as to how they were proceeding with the festival, even in these challenging times. thanks a bunch!

    December 2020
  • I won the award for best screenwriting for our film "Death Offers Life - last moments of Vincent Van Gogh" which is a great encouragement. We thank the entire festival team from our hearts.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Madhu and congratulations again on your great work!We love to screen your movie at the Tower!

  • Tracy Nganare

    It's an honnor to be part of this festival ! Great communication !

    December 2020
  • Jules de Broize

    It was an honor to receive 2 awards and 3 honorable mentions from INDIE SHORTS AWARDS MIAMI ! The website is very pleasant to browse, and we appreciated having access to the list of nominees and award winners. They respected the schedule, and we were sent laurels and certificates at the same time the announcement was made. Finally, we were happy to have our film screened for an audience in Miami... the team communicated very clearly with us and was very friendly. Thank you INDIE SHORTS AWARDS MIAMI for this great experience ;)

    December 2020