IndieWorks is run by CongestedCat Productions, a NYC-based independent film production company. It screens short films produced by emerging filmmakers exclusively based in New York. It provides a platform for those filmmakers to showcase their work in front of a large audience and network with individuals in the film community. We aim to create an inclusive environment that will spark collaboration and support. *Will only consider submissions from current Tri-state Area filmmakers*
We host a screening one Tuesday out of every month of approximately 5 short films, followed by a Q&A session with all the featured filmmakers. There's no entry fee, so bring all your friends and film enthusiasts.
IndieWorks was previously held in Manhattan, but is now in Long Island City at The Local (13-02 44th Ave), in a wide open space at the back of a bar with films projecting on a 20 ft screen. Doors open at 6:30pm. Screening begins at 7:30pm and runs approximately 2 hours -- but stay as late as you'd like!
Always free entry at the screening with occasional drink specials. 2 drink minimum with attendance is encouraged but not enforced. It's a thank you to the bar for hosting us.
Testimonial Reel: https://vimeo.com/168839628
Our annual season is June - April, with April as our Best of Fest re-screening all the Silver Whiskers Award winners of the year and awarding one the Golden Whiskers.
Year 5 Screening Dates:
September 19th (Web Series Month) - Deadline is August 28th
October 24th (Halloween Special) - Deadline is September 29th
April 17th (5th Annual Best of Fest)
Awards & Prizes
We judge films for acceptance or rejection by rating them from 1-10 in terms of the 8 categories. The scored categories are: Story, Dialogue/Writing, Direction, Acting, Cinematography, Sound, Editing, and Production Value (with budget constraints considered- more in terms of art direction and those little touches that show pre-production efforts). Films must score an overall total of 55 or above to be accepted. Each month, one film wins the Silver Whiskers Award, our version of the 'Best of Fest' award, and another wins the Audience Choice Award. The Silver Whiskers winner is selected by CongestedCat Productions team members through a combination of our scoring system and extensively nuanced discussion. Originality, inclusion and representation play a large role in these discussions, as we are a series devoted to highlighting story and mission over flashy names and budgets.
Audience Choice is voted upon by the audience in attendance at each screening. If the planned Silver Whiskers winner also wins Audience Choice, the Audience Choice award will be given to the film that had the second highest audience votes. Both the Silver Whiskers & Audience Choice winning filmmakers will be interviewed and featured on the CongestedCat Productions site and through social media in our Insider Series video blog. We want to help YOU reach an audience!
Each Silver Whiskers winner will go on to screen at our Best of Fest annual screening and be eligible for the Golden Whiskers Award. All winners receive monetary prizes from SeedandSpark.com.
Rules & Terms
*Films do not have to have been shot in New York but MUST be by current New York State based filmmakers.*
*Films may not exceed 20 minutes in length, though exceptions can be made in extraordinary circumstances. Films over 24 minutes will be automatically disqualified, though.
*Films completed prior to 2009 are not eligible.
*All films must be in English or have English subtitles.
*Submitter and Representative must be 18 or older.
*Filmmakers whose work is accepted MUST have someone integral to the film's production attend the event and participate in the Q&A.
*Please note that submission does not guarantee acceptance. If your film is not accepted, it unfortunately does not mean just for the upcoming month. It is a hard no. Alternatively, if you have not heard back regarding acceptance or rejection for over a month, it could be that we are holding your film for a later month.
*We typically only screen narrative films, though occasionally accept documentaries that have a New York City resonance. Music Videos and Experimental work are welcome as long as there's a clear narrative being told. In the case of music videos, we like to see a story at the foreground that could function as a film beyond the music.
*Submission fees are non-refundable. All films will be considered fairly. If a submitter failed to read the guidelines and is disqualified, even if they caught their error before we did, submission fees cannot be refunded because FilmFreeway does not refund their share.
*I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree: I have read, understated and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry and Entry Eligibility requirements. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this submission are true. This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival. I hold CongestedCat Productions, LLC./IndieWorks harmless from any damage to the print(s) or media materials(s) en route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film. I hold CongestedCat Productions, LLC./IndieWorks, its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry. I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work. I understand that submission fee payments are non-refundable. I understand submission fees are for consideration, not acceptance. I give permission for CongestedCat Productions, LLC./IndieWorks to use stills, titles, copy, and/or information from the short for promotional purposes. I give permission for CongestedCat Productions, LLC./IndieWorks to download my submission file for private programming purposes before any status notification. I give permission for CongestedCat Productions, LLC./IndieWorks to screen the film at the series for which it was submitted and potentially again for the Best of Fest.