The Indie Filmmaker Awards is an Imdb Qualifying awards event. Our Indie Filmmaker Awards prides itself in championing newcomers as well as established indie filmmakers.

Its founders are veterans of the indie film industry who a decade ago co-founded several film festivals. The Awards Jury is made up of Award Winning Indie filmmakers and approved Indie Film Critics - and as such are extremely passionate about indie filmmaking.

​We truly understand your drive, your vision and the often seemingly insurmountable challenges that you face bringing your ideas to life- and in front of a highly appreciative audience.

​Submit your film to us today for a chance to gain true recognition and be a celebrated winner at our next award show.

* Due to the current pandemic and state restrictions on indoor gatherings, our event in 2022 will be held online. We will return to our event location in 2023.

The Indie Filmmaker Awards awards prizes for best indie films in various categories.


You may submit your movie for consideration in multiple categories.
To do this, you must fill out and submit the form each time you submit to another category, stating the category you wish to submit to.
The submission fee is due for each category you submit to.
We do not accept any films finished earlier than 2017.

​You must own the rights to your film. You must also have the permission to use the music in your film as well as the permission from everyone appearing in your film.

Non-English language films will be accepted but must have English subtitles.

Our 2021 Indie Filmmaker Awards ceremony does not screen films, it is an award ceremony with awards being given to winners of various categories.

Please note that, by submitting your film you agree to the following:
The Indie Filmmaker Awards may use parts of your film for promotional purposes.
These may include trailers, scenes, still photographs etc.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
We categorically do NOT accept X-Rated or extremist propaganda material.


All films will be screened by film industry professionals.
The semi-finalists will be personally reviewed by our festival directors.

Overall Rating
  • Pierre-André Le Leuch

    A very good and serious film festival organized by kind people with a great taste for film art. I warmly recommend it !

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Pierre-André and congrats again on winning 'Best Soundtrack Feature Film' for your wonderful soundtrack. Indie Filmmaker Awards is now an IMDb qualifying event, we hope to hear more of your excellent music.

  • Naziha Mehmood

    I am short of words to express my views for Indie Filmmaker Awards. All I can say from the absolute depth of my imagination is that they have an eye for the intellectual works and more so they are very generous in letting that visible. It was nothing less than a great motivation for people like me to continue our efforts with enhanced vigor. STREET BULLETS was not only selected but appreciated in a manner than is a reward within itself. THANK YOU is a short expression but I mean it! Best Wishes remain...

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi Naziha, 'Street Bullets' is a powerful documentary and your 'Best Female Director Short Film' was truly well-deserved.
    We are now, by the way, an IMDb qualifying festival and look forward to your next project!

  • thank you very much

    you dont know how much we enjoyed this

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Rod! We loved having your film as part of our IMDb qualifying festival!

  • Ellen Weisberg

    Fantastic festival and ever so proud to have been a part of it!!

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi Ellen, thank you very much for your review and congrats again on winning 'Best Animated Short Film' for your submission 'Justin an the Werloobee'! We are now an IMDb qualifying festival and can't wait to see your next project.