INDIEDANCE Film Festival is a Southern California based film festival that celebrates Independent Short and Feature films of all genres.

INDIEDANCE Film Festival is for working Filmmakers, by working Filmmakers. INDEDANCE Film Festival is Relentlessly Independent.

INDIEDANCE’s inaugural season drew an incredible mix of films representing all genres, featuring outstanding performances by notable talent including Morena Baccarin, Krista Allen, Bill Moseley, William Shatner, Ray Wise and Richard Riechle while at the same time drawing breakout performances by those who should now be on your radar including INDIEDANCE 2020 Best Actress Aine Ni Mhuiri. and INDIEDANCE 2020 Best Actor Sean Leon.

Congratulations to all INDIEDANCE filmmakers for succeeding in sharing your visions during a very difficult year! The following filmmakers were awarded the additional commendations for excellence in filmmaking:

In addition, our commitment to champion our filmmakers was demonstrated as our top award winning Feature films were offered sales representation as a result of their participation in our festival leading to distribution deals. If we love your film, we will champion it!

Networking contacts and future collaborators were also made by many in support of INDIEDANCE’s central mission of building a community of and for indie filmmakers. Head over to the INDIEDANCE Vimeo page to check out all Virtual Red Carpet interviews:

As independent filmmakers ourselves we understand how much hard work and personal sacrifice has gone into the creation of your film and have therefore developed the following Filmmaker Bill of Rights to ensure that all film submissions are treated fairly and impartially.

What makes INDIEDANCE Film Festival different? The INDIEDANCE Bill of Rights is our commitment to all submitting filmmakers:

The INDIEDANCE Filmmaker Bill of Rights:

I-Our programmers will view your entire film. We will ensure that our staffing levels are sufficient at all times so that all submitted films will be given fair consideration, all films submitted will be judged fairly and in their entirety.

II-Your film will stand on its own merits as we do not collect personal information about the Filmmakers who have created it. If it’s a good film, it will be passed up for next level consideration.

III-100% of our programmed films will come from open submissions. We will not pre-fill valuable slots by running after films that have played in previous festivals and who have opened to acclaim. We will find the next great Filmmakers through our submission process and don’t need to chase anyone down in hopes of elevating our festivals reputation-this will occur naturally through a thorough screening process and does not need to be augmented by recruiting what’s just played at film fest XYZ.

IV-Our festival will not cave into sponsors who may attempt to strongly recommend one film over another as a winner of any of our categories. Your film will be judged on its merits and nothing else.

V-Your film will not be made available online by our festival for any reason. No small print, no disclaimer-we just won’t do it. We will view your film via the FilmFreeway link and only request the download option if your film has been selected for our annual Live Screenings.

The inaugural year of our live screenings will be held at the Aurora theater screening room in Long Beach California, a professional venue combining crisp digital projection with outstanding sound.

In addition, all films entering will be rated by our judges with winning entries recognized and awarded at four levels:
Best Picture (Best of the Festival Feature and Short)
Gold Award Level,
Silver Award Level
Bronze Award Level
Our four Award Levels offer Filmmakers of all experience-levels and films of all budgets an equal opportunity to win.
Not all award winners will screen during our annual live screening.

Winners of the INDIEDANCE Film Festival Best of the Festival Feature and Short along with the Best Produced Screenplay, will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.

Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more.

Producers have made more than 393 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip. InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers.

In addition, we will be offering the following awards for stand-out Filmmakers during our annual live screenings in Southern California:

-Best Emerging Filmmaker Award
-Best US Filmmaker Award
-Best International Filmmaker Award
-The INDIEDANCE Impact Award

• Submissions are open to anyone, 18 years of age or older.
• All genres accepted with the exception of pornography and films expressing hate in
any form.
• No Premiere status is required.
• All films not in English are required to have English subtitles prior to submission.
• The payment of an entrance fee is required.
• Entry fees are non-refundable.
• By submitting your film to The INDIEDANCE Film Festival you confirm that you own
the rights of the film.
• The INDIEDANCE Film Festival will not be held responsible for any copyright issues
or infringements.
• By submitting your film, you acknowledge that The INDIEDANCE Film Festival
reserves the right to promote your film on our website and social media, including
the use of a clip and/or trailer as well as stills that you will provide for promotional
• The internal Jury of The INDIEDANCE Film Festival will select the Official Selection
from which the Winners of the festival will be determined.
• Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival.
• Winners at all levels will receive Festival Laurels. Best Picture Feature and Best
Picture Short announced during the annual screenings in Southern California will
receive an INDEDANCE winner trophy.
• The INDIEDANCE Film Festival does not make your film available online to the
• All film entries must submit an online screener via FilmFreeway.
• Rules, terms and conditions are subject to change at the discretion of The
INDIEDANCE Film Festival, presented by Treading Yesterday LLC.
• We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special
circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed of any changes via website
• By submitting you declare that you have understood and agreed to the rules and
terms of The INDIEDANCE Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Sylvia Trăistariu

    This festival has a great team who value filmmakers and their projects without chasing for reputation or running on films that have played in previous festivals.
    I highly recommend INDIEDANCE Festival with amazing team who seem to be film enthusiasts and creative minds themselves.
    It was a honor to be one of the winners and I felt respected and valued. I am extremely grateful for being part of this festival. It is my first experience with a personal short film and I appreciate that you value the independent work.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Sylvia for your kind words. We enjoyed meeting you and discussing your Experimental short PARANOIA. Please keep creating and updating us on your journey through the INDIEDANCE Filmmakers group. We know that you have new projects on the horizon and hope that you'll submit them here!

  • Great inaugural year! Organized and communicative leadership, with a friendly and active community of filmmakers. Worth the entry! Really looking forward to watching this festival grow.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank You Mary Ann for your kind words. We enjoyed meeting you and Matt and discussing your film TO YOU. As the film festival circuit winds down please be sure to reach out to PFLAG as they may interested in taking on your film for their educational outreach. We wish the best of everything to you and your Team.

  • When INDIEDANCE was selected by me completely by random - i was not expecting too much. We were planning festival run for whole year for our short film, and there were several empty months with no big or interesting movie events. So, by sheer luck we picked up and submitted to Indiedance.
    Then happened pandemic, a lot of such small-scale events closed or postponed indefinitely. Honestly, i was expecting same from Indiedance.

    Oh, how i was wrong. Yes, they moved dates once, but also they managed to find creative exit, by holding virtual red carpet event - safe for everyone, yet your work getting exposure on broad scale!

    And what i also liked - their rule - "Your film will not be made available online by our festival for any reason". It is crucial, especially for small budget shorts - after you openly will screen your film on-line - chances that most festivals and streaming services will deny you entry later. That decision of Indiedance team speaks of understanding of pains of filmmakers and dedication to their work.

    I wish them to return after pandemic will pass and mature into full-time festival with proper screening in cinemas. With such work qualities of festival team it is going to be carefully and attentively organized event.

    In the sum of all - it was yes, small and just created festival - but it was real, under moderate price, with timely and adequate communication and team that tries their best to deliver their promises and fulfil expectations.

    Definitely worth to submit for small-scale projects.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Eugene. It was a pleasure meeting you and Mark during our event. We all enjoyed Trick of the Old Cat very much and wish you and your team continued success with the film!

  • Katie McNeice

    This was one of the best festival experiences I've ever had. It exceeded all expectations. A huge congratulations to Craig and his team for pulling off a festival that didn't just manage to go ahead in the midst of the pandemic, but turned out to be such a highlight of the past few months.

    I've done around 30 festivals with IN ORBIT since the lockdown and some had little to no communication with filmmakers or shied away from an online event entirely.

    On the other hand, the networking, support and attention to detail that Indiedance showed every filmmaker was really impressive all around. I can see them becoming a huge festival in absolutely no time.

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Katie for the kind words. IN ORBIT is an amazing film which must be seen and experienced. Your writing and execution were top notch in every way. We look forward to seeing what comes next from you and your team. Congratulations!

  • Kate Tsubata

    In the COVID era, film festivals had to either innovate or fail. IndieDance did a fabulous job of innovating. The communication, selection, and announcement call (recorded for later use) was outstanding. The organizers showed clearly they had done an in-depth review of our film, were knowledgeable and accurate, and encouraging in very specific ways. We were thrilled to receive awards, but even more happy that those awards referred to very specific aspects of our film, thus giving potential viewers an accurate picture of what to expect. We really loved the opportunity to see other's works and intend to collaborate and connect with our fellow filmmakers from this point on. Also, we were very glad to have a call from a sales specialist who had seen the film through the festival and who advised us on some of the issues going on now with sales and distribution. Again, a very productive interchange. We highly recommend this film festival to filmmakers who hold themselves to a high standard, and who expect an equally high standard from a festival.

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Kate for the kind words and encouragement. It was wonderful meeting you an Lan to discuss DANCING JOY, a film that we all cherish for its inspiration and passion. We wish you and your team all of the best and hope to see you again.