Welcome to the IMDb qualifying NY Independent Cinema Awards, founded by NY Arts & Cinema Magazine!

Independent filmmaking has always been there and it's not to be forgotten. NY Independent Cinema Awards is dedicated to independent filmmaking and artists. We believe in the power of independent filmmaking as an artform.

Members of the jury are selected from award winning film directors, producers, actors, critics and artists from New York, Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles and all over the world.

The festival is a creative event which stands with all the artists involved in film and script projects. Our festival is dedicatedĀ to the discovery and promotionĀ of independent U.S. and international projects.

We have also screened over 200 projects online last year. All the winners of each edition may also request public online screening and promotion through NY Arts & Cinema magazine.

Here is the link to NY Arts & Cinema and some of our previous winners:

U.S. Narrative Short
International Narrative Feature
International Narrative Short
U.S. Documentary Feature
U.S Documentary Short
International Documentary Feature
International Documentary Short
Best Script
Best Director
Best Producer
Best Cinematographer
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Composer
Best Editor
Best Animation
Best Comedy
Best Experimental
Best Science Fiction
Best Horror
Best Music Video
Best Trailer
Best Student Film
Best TV Series-Web-Pilot

We consider films regardless of their completion date. You can submit any film no matter when it was made.
Award winners of each edition can request for certificates, laurels and screening through NY Arts & Cinema.
Shorts must be less than 50 minutes.
Films over 50 minutes should submit to the feature category.
New York Independent Cinema Awards can use trailer/teaser/film poster for promotional purpose.
Any submitter who is disrespectful toward other artists and the festival, will be disqualified from the festival at any stage of the contest upon the decision of the team.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
You own all the rights to the film project.

Overall Rating
  • marion d'Ornano

    Thank you New York Independant Cinema for choosing "Mammas" as Best Comedy ! I'm so grateful and proud !

    January 2022
  • Always enjoy being a part of this film festival - Virginia Austin

    January 2022
  • It was so cool for our TV Pilot "Twin Gardens" to be an Official Selection for the New York Independent Cinema Awards. It's an honor to be among so many interesting new works.

    January 2022
  • I am so thrilled to have I Dream of Horses be Officially Selected by New York Independent Cinema Awards! They were especially great in reaching out and providing communication. This is a high quality festival that I look forward to entering more screenplays to in the future.

    January 2022
  • Wonderful festival! Communication on point. So proud to be a part of an amazing array of films!

    January 2022