The Indy Film Library Awards are the competitive section of a new multi-faceted movie platform, aimed at providing trusted reviews of independent content, as well as a soapbox for filmmakers with something to say to reach distributors and festivals from.

Along with screening winners, we provided a guarantee that no other film event can match; every single film submitted will receive constructive feedback in the way of a film review published on our site (min. 100 words), as well as the option to supply a ‘film profile’ for the site, through which festivals, distributors and producers in our network can contact them.

At the 2023 festival in Amsterdam:
Best Short Narrative
Best Short Documentary
Best Feature Narrative
Best Feature Documentary
Best Experimental Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Screenplay

At additional focus events:
Best Music Video
Best Student Short Film
Best Horror Short Film
Best Experimental Short Film

Submissions for our 2022/23 season are open via FilmFreeway.

Entries for the Indy Film Library must provide a trailer, stills, synopsis and screening information, contact details, and information they wish to be included in a film profile. Director statements are also welcomed. Projects must also be submitted with English subtitles.

Upon submission of their film, the filmmaker supplies consent to Indy Film Library to publish a review of their film, alongside their trailer, even if the review is negative. Every piece written will contain constructive notes, however we make no guarantee of a positive review, and reserve the right to publish criticism.

At time of submission, the filmmaker also supplies consent for Indy Film Library to screen the film if it is selected, either as part of its physical annual festival in Amsterdam, or as part of one of four online focus showcases (focusing on short student films, experimental art, music videos and horror shorts) which will be hosted throughout the year.

Indy Film Library does not pay screening fees.

Overall Rating
  • Sanne Vermaas

    It was an honour to have my film programmed at this festival. The communication with Jack Brindelli was personal and sincere. Can't wait to visit an in real live event, expect the networking will be nice!

    April 2021
  • Shein Mezour

    The Indy Film Awards has been a revelation in the film festival scene. Jack Brindelli has been in constant contact with the filmmakers, updating them and discussing with them the festival. For this festival to have selected A DILO it means the organisers are some of the bravest people on this planet. Because cowards cannot handle the truth, and many proved to be cowards. The organisers of the Indy Film Awards do not fear terror.

    April 2021
  • Great and charming festival for cinema lovers.

    April 2021
  • Hello ...
    It was a very good experience, the festival director is a genius and all very professional. It was a pleasure to participate in this important festival. See you very soon with another project

    March 2020