Founded by We Love Soaps LLC's Roger Newcomb in 2009, the Indie Series Awards celebrate the best in independently produced entertainment created for the Web. Now in it's 13th year, the Indie Series Awards is the largest international awards gala for independent digital series producers!
Held annually in April, The Indie Series Awards, also known as the ISAs, honor a genre that emphasizes artistic merit and social impact over corporate profits, however, the overall quality of the nominated shows is comparable to that of most TV sitcom or dramas—in fact, several past winners went on to partner with traditional television content providers.
Past nominated series represent the highest level of achievement in the genre--groundbreaking programs, created by entertainment industry professionals (many of them celebrities), that have been viewed over 300 million times.
Notable winners over the years include Emma Thompson, Billy Dee Williams, Robert Townsend, Lou Diamond Phillips, Judd Hirsch, Richard Hatch, Joan Van Ark, Keith Powell, A. Martinez, Sean Kanan, Cady Huffman, Jim Rash, Michele Lee, Charlene Tilton, Patrika Darbo, Carolyn Hennesy, J. August Richards, Wesley Taylor, Frankie Grande, and many more!
The 13th Annual Indie Series Awards has 33 CATEGORIES including those introduced last year (Best Audio Fiction Series, Best Audio Fiction Actor, Best Audio Fiction Actress, Best Audio Fiction Ensemble, Best Audio Fiction Writing, Best International Series and the Spotlight Award) plus long standing categories that honor the entire cast and crew of the series!
Each category will be awarded the coveted Indie Series Awards custom engraved crystal award and will be given global recognition from the premiere gala for independent television series'.
The 33 categories which will be awarded at the 13th Annual Indie Series Awards are:
Best Drama Series
Best Comedy Series
Best International Series
Best Audio Fiction Series
ISA13 Spotlight Award
Best Lead Actor (Drama)
Best Lead Actor (Comedy)
Best Actor (Audio Fiction)
Best Lead Actress (Drama)
Best Lead Actress (Comedy)
Best Actress (Audio Fiction)
Best Supporting Actor (Drama)
Best Supporting Actor (Comedy)
Best Supporting Actress (Drama)
Best Supporting Actress (Comedy)
Best Guest Performer (Drama)
Best Guest Performer (Comedy)
Best Ensemble (Drama)
Best Ensemble (Comedy)
Best Ensemble (Audio Fiction)
Best Directing (Drama)
Best Directing (Comedy)
Best Writing (Drama)
Best Writing (Comedy)
Best Writing (Audio Fiction)
Best Original Score
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design
Best Original Song
Any professional, independently (non-studio) produced scripted series (drama, comedy or audio fiction) that publicly broadcast at least three original NEW episodes between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022 may be submitted by the series producer or representative, for award consideration. The producer/representative must first select a MANDATORY MAIN CATEGORY submission (Best Drama Series, Best Comedy Series, Best International Series, Best Audio Fiction Series or ISA13 Spotlight Award) add it to their cast and check out. Immediately following paying for the MANDATORY MAIN CATEGORY, the series producer is eligible to enter ADD-ON categories which honor the work of their cast and crew. An entry is ineligible for award consideration in all categories if the series producer or representative fails to submit a MANDATORY MAIN CATEGORY as their first entry for ISA13.
If the series is NOT submitted by the producer, or representative, a cast member may submit themselves for nomination consideration. Only show producers or representatives are eligible to submit multiple categories. Duplicate submissions will be disqualified and no refund will be issued.
Acting category submissions MUST be a compilation reel of under 10 minutes highlighting the actor being submitted. Excludes the Ensemble categories.
If submitting for Best Original Song, please include the time code when the song appears in the video and include a link to the full song on a music platform or YouTube (if available).
For audio file submissions, please create a video file (just attach the audio to a graphic or logo of your choice and export). All other instructions are the same - MAIN CATEGORY first then relevant ADD-ON categories.
Should you receive a nomination (or multiple nominations) for the 13th Annual Indie Series Awards, the primary contact for the series (or the submitter if it was a single category submission) is responsible for supplying all required materials to the Indie Series Awards NO LATER than Monday, February 27, 2023. Instructions will be sent, via email, following the nomination announcement and will be strictly enforced. Nominees that fail to supply required materials within the requested time frame are subject to disqualification.
If you are the series producer or representative and are submitting for award consideration, you certify that you have publicly broadcast at least three original NEW episodes between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. Series producers that do not follow this rule are subject to disqualification without a refund.
By submitting for award consideration, rights are hereby granted for the Indie Series Awards to use the name, logo, video and content for the award ceremony (both live and taped), presentations, highlight reels and promotional materials.
The Indie Series Awards reserve the right to amend awards, categories, dates, venue and/or move to an online ceremony pending any issues outside of the control of the Indie Series Awards including, but not limited to health and safety concerns.
13TH ANNUAL INDIE SERIES AWARDS TIMELINE
Friday, July 1, 2022 Early Entry Period Opens
Sunday, July 31, 2022 Early Entry Period Closes
Monday, August 1, 2022 Regular Entry Period Opens
Friday, September 30, 2022 Regular Entry Period Closes
Saturday, October, 1, 2022 Extended Entry Period Opens
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 Extended Entry Period Closes
Thursday, December 1, 2022 LAST CHANCE Entry Period Opens
Saturday, December 31, 2022 LAST CHANCE Entry Period Closes
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 Nomination Announcement
Monday, February 6, 2023 Nominee Discount Ticketing Opens
Sunday, February 19, 2023 Nominee Discount Ticketing Closes
Monday, February 20, 2023 Tickets On Sale (general ticketing)
Monday, February 20, 2023 Media Credential Application Available
Monday, February 27, 2023 Deadline for Nominee Clips
Friday, March 17, 2023 Advertising Deadline
*Wednesday, April 12, 2023 Ceremony Rehearsal (daytime)
Annual Nominee Pre-Party (evening)
*Thursday, April 13, 2023 ISA13 Awards Ceremony including
Red Carpet Reception & Official After Party
*awaiting final confirmation
PLEASE REFER TO THE 13th ANNUAL INDIE SERIES AWARDS SUBMISSION GUIDE FOR COMPLETE RULES!
Response from festival:
Thanks Jason - it's certainly been a challenge incorporating the awesomeness of FilmFreeway so that awards shows such as the ISAs can use their fantastic platform too. But...we've made it work, and this year will even be less complicated! :).
We appreciate you being such a longtime supporter of the Indie Series Awards - keep making amazing shows!