Welcome to the IMDb qualifying New York Independent Cinema Awards.

We believe in the power of independent filmmaking as an artform. We would like to promote and support artists who are dedicated to the language of cinema, independent filmmaking and arts. The festival is a creative event which stands with all the artists involved in film and script projects. Our festival is dedicated to the discovery and promotion of independent U.S. and international film and script projects. 

Film and script projects are evaluated and screened privately by our programmers and the official selections are forwarded to jury members assigned to each category. The winners are promoted through our partners and social media. Every year, we screen the best films of the year through NY Arts & Cinema as our sponsor.

Members of the jury are chosen from award winning film directors, producers, actors, critics and artists from New York, Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles and all over the world. Independent filmmaking has always been there and it's not to be forgotten. New York Independent Cinema Awards is dedicated to independent filmmaking and artists.

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.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
You own all the rights to the film.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you for your great competition and for your recognition of Taboo Candy as an Official Selection! Appreciate you!

    November 2021
  • Pelayo de Lario

    Thank you for having JACK selected! It was great!

    December 2021
  • Renee Ambush

    Extremely grateful for New York Independent Cinema

    November 2021
  • Cécile Nordegg

    Thank you for having me!

    November 2021
  • Nahyr Galaz Ruiz

    A wonderful festival, well run and professional. Will definitely submit more projects in the future!

    November 2021