The Indie Filmmaker Showcase is a stage for emerging talent and pioneering independent filmmakers from around the world.

With the accessability of modern filmmaking technology coupled with the saturation of social media platforms, the traditional process of cream rising to the top seems increasingly unreliable.

Our team of dedicated film aficionados and industry professionals seek out the brightest stars from all corners of the planet, in all formats and all genres. The very best films in each category are screened at the IFS International Film Festival at 369 Film Studios in Leicester.

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The winning films are screened at the Indie Filmmaker Showcase International Film Festival

Winning filmmakers are invited to attend an awards ceremony at the campus and are also invited to take part in Q&A sessions with students, filmmakers & film lovers.

All winners receive an Official IFS award trophy and certificate.

All films and screenplays must be completed upon submission. No works in progress please.

Short films as well as feature films of any genre and format up to 140 minutes are accepted.

All films must have been made in or after 2016 and have English subtitles (except for music videos and unless English is the main language spoken).

International films not in English MUST be subtitled or dubbed in English.

By submitting your film to our festival you agree that your piece of work (full film or trailer) can be uploaded/embed on our website. The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing. By submitting, the filmmaker allows IFS International Film Festival to create a page for their film without infringing copyright of any kind of form. Any violations of that agreement will result in immediate disqualification from the festival.

How does it work?

After the submission is complete and the film is accepted, we will upload/embed your film/trailer on our Screening Room webpage. Winning films will be highlighted.

Submissions close 1 month before the festival screening date(s) and all officially selected films will be announced on our website and social media pages. All of those selected will be notified through FilmFreeway.

Winners, nominees and unsuccessful films can be deleted from the website after the festival ends as long as the submitter decides to do so.

Judging and Selection

Each submission will be reviewed by two reviewers. Names ofreviewers will not be released until Official Selections are announced

to avoid favoritism.

Judging decisions are final.

Submissions that are found to have violated any of the Eligibility Requirements listed above may be disqualified at any time by IFS International Film Festival.

If you're not sure about something, please email us before you submit. We'll answer your queries as quickly as possible.