Welcome to the bi-monthly IMDb qualifying NY Independent Cinema Awards

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 dedicated to the discovery and promotion of independent U.S. and international projects.

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
  • Patricia Vonne

    Thank you New York Independent Cinema Awards for championing filmmakers around the globe.
    I’m most honored.

    May 2022
  • Design Source

    Thank you New York Independent Cinema Awards!

    April 2022
  • Thank you very much for the Award-Winner-Laurel, I'm very proud of it. Thank you for recognizing my hard work. It is a wonderful feeling. Your appreciation encourages me to keep working hard.

    April 2022
  • Kain Baigent

    WONDERFUL Festival: 'New York Independent Cinema Awards'!! to be selected for both the screenplay, and short film is amazing!! Thank you to ALL the staff at the festival, and I wish you all the best for the rest of the festival and the future.
    Luv from Director/writer/actor: Kain

    April 2022
  • Miguel Raymond

    Thank you so much for awarding Prélude à la Lune Best Experimental Film! It is not all Festivals that are open to new poetic narrative. New York Independent Cinema is certainly one of them and one of the best!

    April 2022