The IMAGINE RAIN INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS is a monthly online short film competition and annual film festival based in the heart of Silicon Valley, (just 8 quick minutes away from Netflix's main headquarters!) We are a group of Award-winning producers, screenwriters, and filmmakers that strive to recognize the talent both in front of, and behind the lens.

We know how important this project is to you, and we treat our festival with the same level of respect. When you submit to the IMAGINE RAIN INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS, you are in the hands of artists who dream alongside you. We are so excited to be a part of your journey!

At this time, our yearly in-person festival is closed due the restrictions of Covid-19. Our live screenings will resume as soon as it is humanly safe to do so.

CATEGORIES:

• BEST INDY SHORT
• BEST ANIMATION SHORT
• BEST CHARACTER DESIGN
• BEST COMEDY SHORT
• BEST DRAMA SHORT
• BEST STUDENT SHORT
• BEST ROMANCE SHORT
• BEST LGBTQ SHORT
• BEST HORROR SHORT
• BEST THRILLER SHORT
• BEST ACTION SHORT
• BEST SCI-FI SHORT
• BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT
• BEST INSPIRATIONAL SHORT
• BEST CHILDREN’S / FAMILY FRIENDLY SHORT
• BEST WEB/TV SERIES
• BEST MUSIC VIDEO
• BEST ACTOR
• BEST ACTRESS
• BEST CHILD ACTOR
• BEST CHILD ACTRESS
• BEST DIRECTOR
• BEST FIRST TIME DIRECTOR
• BEST SCREENPLAY
• BEST FIRST TIME SCREENWRITER
• BEST FEMALE FILMMAKER
• BEST POSTER
• BEST SOUND DESIGN
• BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
• BEST TRAILER
• BEST VOICEOVER
• BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
• BEST ORIGINAL STORY
• BEST SPOKEN WORD COMEDY / MONOLOGUE
• GUARANTEED RESPONSE WITHIN 48 HOURS

Some of the Best Short Films of our monthly competition will be chosen by the Jury to be screened during our once a year, public event at West Valley College Theater in the heart of Silicon Valley. This is our first year online. Past winners may contact us for an exclusive FilmFreeway discount code @ imaginerainfilmawards@gmail.com

Maximum occupancy: 392
Tickets available at the box office.

What to Expect:
During our yearly event, participants can expect to enjoy the best of the seasons selections screened in front of a live audience of their peers. Following the event, an awards ceremony will commence, where winners may come on stage to receive their complementary, "Best of the Fest" trophy.

West Valley College Theater
14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

* PLEASE NOTE: The Best Indie Short category also acts as a qualifier for our yearly, in-person festival. Please add this category along with your other submissions if you would like to be considered.

All projects officially selected each month will receive the IMAGINE RAIN INDEPENDENT FILM AWARD'S Official Laurel, and will be promoted through our social media pages.

All WINNERS will additionally have the option to purchase one of our beautiful IMAGINE RAIN INDEPENDENT FILM AWARD trophies.

Additional categories may be added at the discretion of the festival.

* PLEASE NOTE: The Best Indie Short category also acts as a qualifier for our yearly, in-person festival. Please add this category along with your other submissions if you would like to be considered.- Maximum runtime per film : 35 mins.

- All foreign language submissions must be subtitled in English.

- Films must be submitted via online screener ONLY through FilmFreeway.

- Your film will be privately screened and evaluated by our team of filmmakers, artists, and producers, and is subject to multiple screenings based upon how many categories you have entered.

- We are not accepting screenplays at this time.

Overall Rating
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  • Kenneth Cascioli

    I was happy to be part of this festival during the time of the pandemic. It was appreciated that they shared our win with Social media with a nice blurb about our project and included our hashtag. These type of things help while the world is just beginning to open up after a year or so.

    April 2021
  • Katherine J. Espin

    Thank you to the Imagine Rain Independent Film Awards for featuring my short film in their March awards. Their sweet hospitality was appreciated and I am so thankful for their sweet review on their instagram post of my film. I can't wait to submit other future films to their festival!

    April 2021
  • We were so very honored to receive not one but three awards from IRIF. Thanks Again to everyone involved and look forward to submitting again in the future!!

    April 2021
  • I sent the very nice laurels to my director, Karen Eterovich. Thanks. Jim

    April 2021
  • Great festival! Thank you for your interest in my work!

    April 2021