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 32 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 32 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 Cinematography
Best Soundtrack
Best Original Score
Best Editing
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.


Friday, July 1, 2022 Early Entry Period Opens

Sunday, July 31, 2022 Early Entry Period Closes

Monday, August 1, 2022 Regular Entry Period Opens

Monday, October 31, 2022 Regular Entry Period Closes

Tuesday, November, 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

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 Ceremony Rehearsal (daytime)
Annual Nominee Pre-Party (evening)

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 ISA13 Awards Ceremony including
Red Carpet Reception & Official After Party


Overall Rating
  • Marybeth Massett

    We are so happy to have been included in the Indie Series Awards for 2022! Thank you so much for welcoming Claire-ity. It was truly an honor to be nominated and win Best Supporting Actress for Linda Purl among such incredible talent. The evening was such a joy and looking forward to next time! So happy and glad to have met you Susan and Roger!

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Love Claire-ity and all of you. It was so fun celebrating together. We hope you're doing a Season Two!

  • Jason Cicci

    Although the submission guidelines were a little confusing for this particular award show (even those who run it agree) on Film Freeway, Roger and Susan were SO accommodating and SO helpful that it was not too much of a hassle.

    The Indie Series Awards are a special event full of storytellers who create their own content. It is a wonderful platform for indie filmmakers and an encouraging event each year. I commend Roger and Susan for offering such a supportive environment for writers, actors, directors, producers and designers so they can hone their craft and get to know other artists.

    June 2022
    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!

  • Glasscock Park

    Friendly, supportive, and inclusive. Being at the awards was such a wonderful creative environment. Roger and Susan were easy to talk with, replied to emails promptly with any questions we had. We were honored to be a part of it.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    It was great to honor Glasscock Park - we hope you're coming back with another season!

  • Jonathan Robbins

    The ISAs are a unique event that bring together the community of digital storytellers to both celebrate the best of our work, and give the opportunity to forge friendships. Since the first ISAs I attended (in New York then), I have made friends which include people I now call my best friends, and collaborators.
    And as an industry-recognized award, the nominations and wins I've been lucky enough to have, help me in other ways when trying to get new projects going.
    Most of all, you can tell this remains a passion project for the team behind it, and that shows in the professionalism of the event.
    Like any such event, you get out of it what you put into it, and I suggest you put as much into this one as you can.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for supporting the ISAs through the years! We love the friendships we've made as well and are thankful for all the creators! Can't wait to see what you have on the horizon!

  • Anthony Anderson

    The Indie Series Awards has continued to be one of the best Awards shows in the industry. If you are an indie series creator, this is the awards show for you. Excellent community vibes and a great welcoming atmosphere.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for being such a strong supporter from Day One! We appreciate you and your team - here's to many more years of accolades for Anacostia!