Welcome to the bi-monthly and annual IMDb qualifying New York Independent Cinema Awards in association with New York Arts & Cinema magazine.

We believe in the power of cinema and independent filmmaking.

The festival is a creative event which stands with all the artists involved in film and script projects. U.S. and international projects are selected in various categories of the competition.

Every edition, our team will announce the best in each category through NY Arts & Cinema as our sponsor. Film and script projects are evaluated and screened by our programmers and the official selections are forwarded to jury members assigned to each category.

The winners are promoted on IMDb, social media and through the magazine every month. The award winners can request for further online screening of films through our partnered screening platforms.

Our annual event is going to announce and screen the best films of the year from Dec 3rd to Dec 6th, 2021.

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. We also select our jury from the award winning artists of the past editions.

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
  • Very pleased that New York I C A was the first festival to select my film Richard! A wonderful response for a project that was 5 years in the making. Thank you! 😊

    September 2021
  • Definitely an honor to have been selected in mii own hometown!!! Thank you NY! I'll be seeing you in the future!

    September 2021
  • Adèle Hurier

    Thanks for the selection!
    Excellent festival. Congratulations to you!

    September 2021
  • Marios Papageorgiou

    Definitely an honor for "Shadows of the World" to have been selected by a festival in New York. It is a festival that forges its own prestige..

    September 2021
  • Vanna W.

    Thanks for reviewing my film!

    September 2021