Important note on COVID-19: Although currently postponed, all of the screenings and Q&As will be rescheduled for the first safe opportunity, merged in large events. Until then, IndieX has optional streaming opportunities for who wants to join via our TV channel.
This means that our event dates designate, at this temporary stage, the day for the announcement of the award winners of each season. The respective live events will take place as soon as possible.
Everything else is working as usual.

IMDb qualifier IndieX Film Fest is an LA-based international film festival with bimonthly live screenings and Q&A with cast & crews at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, California.

IndieX is looking for independent projects, especially low or no-budget ones plus student films.

Each category has the main award and the award for best student film.

Each round, all submitted projects are featured in IndieX site and social media (with the publication of synopsis, stills and a trailer/teaser) as part of a general promotional action of indie production. The submitter has the option of decline any public highlight, as long as notify IndieX, keeping however the project(s) under consideration. These projects are judged by a random team of invited experts from academia and film industry from Los Angeles area, against a high standard of merit.

From the pool of official selection, which has a very competitive acceptance rate, IndieX chose the nominees and award winners of the season. Some of the award-winning projects, selected by the programmers of IndieX, are publicly screened in Los Angeles at the end of each round.

Before submitting, please read carefully the following:

Every submission can add numerous additional judging categories increasing the chance to become a multi-award-winning. In these cases, the name(s) to be credited should be included in the cover letter or sent to IndieX by email.

Notice that any entry is judged only according to the nature of the submitted category or categories. After the preliminary evaluation, IndieX can email the submitter with recommendations to other categories in which the entry can be more suitable to and have more chances to be a good competitor. Still, the decision to submit to other categories, and the payment of the associated fees, belong exclusively to the submitter and does not guarantee any award or the official selection.

All entries are promoted for free through our social media and website, with a featured page of each project, unless submitter prefers not to. For this purpose, we recommend that projects must be fully entered on FilmFreeway, including synopsis, and downloadable poster and trailer.

All projects officially selected in each round receive the IndieX official laurel and the customized certificate of achievement according to their final status in the competition. As underlined above, some of them are publicly screened in Hollywood.

Some of the award winners are invited for an interview or to provide the festival with a BTS or award acceptance video statement to be published in the IndieX website.

At least 3 different judges score the quality and creativity of each entry on a performance scale defined in 9 parameters (from originality to technical aspects as pace, structure, lighting and sound design). The highest rated entries are nominated for the awards of the respective categories and finally are choose the winners.

Besides the Major Award and the Best Student Award for each category, it can be given also Outstanding Achievement Awards (for the runner-ups) and Honorable Mentions.

Also, for each round, IndieX decides and award two overall winners (chosen from all categories) as Best Short (spoken in English) and Best Foreign-Language Short.

The awards by category:
Best Short Script
Best Indie Short
Best Drama Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Romantic Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Dark Comedy Short
Best Adventure Short
Best Action Short
Best Mystery Short
Best Crime Short
Best Thriller Short
Best Horror Short
Best Gore Short
Best Sci-Fi Short
Best Fantasy Short
Best Animation Short
Best Childen Short
Best Women Short
Best Parody Short
Best Mockumentary/Docucomedy
Best Experimental Short
Best Web Series/TV Pilot
Best Web and New Media
Best Mobile Short
Best Microfilm
Best Music Video
Best Screendance Short
Best Producer
Best Director (Female)
Best Director (Male)
Best First Time Director (Female)
Best First Time Director (Male)
Best Student Director (Female)
Best Student Director (Male)
Best Young Filmmaker (Female)
Best Young Filmmaker (Male)
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Child/Young Actress
Best Child/Young Actor
Best Acting Duo
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best Sound Mixing
Best Sound Editing
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Visual FX
Best Special FX
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Special Makeup
Best Set Design
Best Production Design
Best Trailer/Teaser

All films should have a maximum length of 55 minutes.
All short scripts should have a maximum of 50 pages.

The films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English).
The scripts must be written in English.

By submitting the film or script, the submitter agrees that:
1. IndieX can use trailer/teaser/film poster/stills or BTS and script excerpt for promotional purpose (but do not release, under any form or circumstances, the full film or script)
2. Entry fees are non-refundable.
3. The submitter owns all the rights to the film or script.
4. The information about the entries can be disclosed to IndieX associate film festivals.

For student fee, it is mandatory the student status evidence (e.g. copy of student card included in the project).

For the live screenings, submitter must provide IndieX with a HD digital file, minimum 1920×1080 (preferably ProRes MP4).

The projects that do not follow the rules & terms above can be automatically disqualified at the sole discretion of IndieX.

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Overall Rating
  • Christopher Lantry

    Said the same for Independent Shorts Awards: Professional, quick results, great communication. Beyond just getting selected and winning awards, which makes you feel good and is an unbiased sign of merit, it acts as a promotional vehicle for your work. People are definitely hyped to see our film after its involvement with the festival. Think of it as promotional/marketing/advertisement money in addition to potential festival accolade money. It's for sure worth it especially if you're testing the waters with your first film.

    February 2021
  • Diana Russell

    This was my very first film festival submission and my film "Peace and Quiet" made it to the semi finals. I was so excited! I was surprised to get a notice as to why it didn't make it all the way, which is understood because the other films were so amazing. I was so proud to have rode with those films for as far as I did. So incredible and I appreciate IndieX for making my introduction to film festivals so fun and professional. Keep up the good work. I'd definitely love to submit to IndieX again with future films. Thank you for everything! My team and I truly appreciate it.

    February 2021
  • The IndieX Film Fest programming team organized a great event! I am thrilled The Mailman was awarded Best Student Sci-Fi Short, Outstanding Achievement Award (Student Director – Male), and Honorable Mention (Visual FX) for January 2021! Thank you everyone.

    February 2021
  • I had a nice time with the festival. They were very communicative and organized. Very easy to work with.

    February 2021
  • Zach Evans

    The festival was incredibly organized, quick with communication, and ultimately provided a wonderful experience. I was honored to have my first ever project win "Best Original Song", as well as a nomination for "Best Music Video".

    Thank you IndieX and can't wait for the next one!

    February 2021