The mission of the "I See You Awards™" is to recognize and reward the accomplishments of low budget independent filmmakers. The "I See You Awards" fill a niche and create a platform for recognizing independent filmmakers that is currently missing in mainstream Hollywood.

Whether your talent is in front of the camera or behind it, we have a category for you. Be sure to enter today for the chance to have your work recognized and rewarded!

Our Festival Director/Founder, Terri Lee Chandler, is a professional film critic and a member of several prestigious film critic groups/associations, including the Critics Choice Association, the largest film critics group in the U.S. and Canada; the African-American Film Critics Association; SAG-AFTRA and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Following are some of the comments received from enthusiastic and appreciative indie filmmakers over the years:

"Thank you so much! I am honored to be a part of your festival. We all appreciate you putting in the time to make a virtual awards show. Much love!"

"Great Festival to be a part of, thanks again for showing our Film."

"I love and respect your festival, its professionalism and its class, it’s originality and heart, and how it’s grown in the last five years from all of your continuous hard work so this selection really is my favorite for this film."

"God is GREAT and AMAZING. So is your festival... It is ANOINTED!!!"

"I love this festival!"

"I am so honored that I have been able to be a part of this festival for two years in a row. You guys are amazing."

"I am so grateful to have been included in these awards. Thank you for seeing me!"

"This year is the first year I have had a film in festivals, and of course Corona came calling and I am missing out on the real-life experience of meeting other filmmakers, attending awards ceremonies and seeing the wonderful films being offered. But Terri and crew made this an amazing festival, great communication with the filmmakers, selecting a diverse array of films, putting on a classy awards ceremony online...I found myself clapping along with them. Congrats Terri, everyone who helps make the festival happen, and to all the filmmakers!!"

"Everyone looks forward to the I See You Awards. It's one of the top-notch festivals."

"I want to take a moment to thank you again for honoring our film and for providing a platform for indie filmmakers like myself, and doing it in such a classy way. It was an experience I will never forget and will always look upon as a joyous and special memory and opportunity."

"A great time had by all at the 3rd annual I See You Awards. This festival got it right for independent film makers!!! Thank you!!"

"Great festival! The awards ceremony was top notch. Terri does an amazing job as a host."

"This is a fantastic film festival that brings a Hollywood experience to independent filmmakers. It was an honor to be awarded Best Picture Made in Michigan, and we look forward to submitting in the future."

"I hope you continue to keep this program going. I certainly felt 'SEEN' and I am sure I wasn't the only filmmaker that felt that way."

"What a fantastic idea!!!! The industry is truly blessed to have someone like you promoting it! You bring so much integrity, honesty, and genuine care for helping others in everything you do. I am so grateful to know you and I look forward to supporting all that you do, you are such an inspiration."

"Thank you so much for initiating the I See You Awards to acknowledge independent filmmaking."

"I wanted to thank you for putting on the “I See You Awards”. Festivals celebrating indie movies are so important, especially now with major studies focusing on only making and/or releasing Tent Pole movies."

"Thanks so much to your and the I See You Awards Jury! We’re honored and humbled by the response and thrilled that you enjoyed the film and our work."

Selected nominees and winners will gain recognition and exposure! Please visit our website for complete details.

Nominees will be announced on the "I See You Awards®" website and also on our social media pages. We also announce the nominees and the winners on our website and social media pages, as well.

Finalists and winners will be announced during the "I See You Awards®" Black Tie, Blue Carpet awards ceremony which is scheduled for Sunday, August 21, 2022.

Winners receive recognition and a beautiful, personalized awards certificate.

All submitted films in the feature film category must be at least 70 minutes long.

Short films should not exceed 30 minutes in length.

Webisodes should not exceed 30 minutes in length and each episode must be submitted as a separate submission with an accompanying submission fee.

​Documentary films are only eligible to be nominated in the category of "Best Documentary."

Projects submitted in the student film category must include proof or they will be disqualified from consideration.

Submit final works only; not works in progress.

When submitting, please include the names and roles of your key cast as well as the names and titles of your key crew members. This is required for the judging process.

In order to be considered for an award, films DO NOT have to be shown in theaters. It is our goal to help low-budget indie filmmakers gain recognition and, in turn, distribution. Upon notification of being named an official nominee, if requested, filmmakers MUST provide their film(s) in one of the following formats: DCP or Blu-Ray.


Your DCP or Blu-Ray may be returned to you provided:

You provide us with a pre-paid mailer with sufficient postage at the time of submission of your DCP or Blu-Ray. Please note that we are not responsible for lost films or damage to any films during shipping, handling, or screening.


The I See You Awards® (ISYA) DOES NOT PAY SCREENING FEES for submitted films. By submitting your project, you acknowledge that ISYA will not pay to present your work.

Overall Rating
  • John Malesevic

    It was great! I won best screenplay

    September 2022
  • Kevin R. Thompson

    Loved working with I See You Awards! Great communication, even when we had a last minute technical problem with our film file for the in-person screening. Only wish I could have made it in-person for the screenings and awards show! Such a great film festival that promotes small budget indie productions!

    August 2022
  • Vergi Rodriguez

    Such a great festival in the Detroit area. They really support indie filmmakers. Such a great experience and Terri is really supportive. Would definitely submit again. Thank you "I See You" for "Seeing me."

    August 2022
  • Jonathan Fisher

    Although we couldn't attend in person, we're beyond proud to have participated in this totally cool festival. Great lineup of films. Highly recommended!!

    August 2022
  • Victoria Powers

    Wonderful event! We so enjoyed the opportunity to connect with other filmmakers and share about our documentary in the Q/A after our screening. Would definitely submit and attend again.

    August 2022