The IMAGINE RAIN INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS is a monthly, online, short-film competition 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.

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 THRILLER 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. 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.

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 over 35 pages at this time.

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  • Wonderful festival! Thank you so much for honoring my work for Best Trailer (Detective Smolder) and Grand Jury Prize Trailer (The Prince of Moravia)! Looking forward to the annual festival and highly recommend to other screenwriters and creatives!

    September 2021
  • Bruce Chapnick

    This is a very unique festival. The Daddy Diaper Diaries has won awards at other festivals, but the IMAGINE RAIN INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS offers categories most other festivals ignore. For example, when we were awarded the Best Voice-Over Award I was bowled over with excitement. It's the very first time anybody recognized the way the VO was carefully written, performed, and edited!! Imagine Rain uses professionals in the industry who are taking a hard look at everything you submit. Thank you!!

    August 2021
  • Thanks for including our Horror short Hunting for Justice in your great festival. Great communication and professionalism. This is my second submission to your festival and will continue to submit future projects!

    August 2021
  • Imagine Rain Indpendent Film Festival is first-rate and terrific! They were proficient, polite and helpful. I highly recommend this festival!

    August 2021
  • Great film fest. Great communication. I recommend this fest to all filmmakers!!👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾 Our team won 3 awards, Best Indie Short, Best Drama Short and Best First Time Director!!

    August 2021