One filmmaker will win BEST OVERALL FILM (short or feature) and shall receive a $100,000+ GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE.

Next Generation Indie Film Awards is a non-profit film awards program whose mission is to champion and inspire filmmakers throughout their careers by helping them forge critical industry connections, obtain filmmaking resources, and receive much-needed recognition for their achievements.

Created by the founders of Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the largest international awards program for independent authors and publishers, our team also includes Academy and Emmy-winning filmmakers, actors, and entertainment industry leaders from all over the world. Past winners and honorees include Oscar-nominee Rian Johnson ("Knives Out", "Looper"), BAFTA-winner Farah Nabulsi, and four-time Emmy and Golden nominee Natasha Lyonne.

As a film awards foundation, we recognize and honor indie films and filmmakers in over 35 categories, culminating at an Annual Awards Gala in Los Angeles, California.

Thanks to our industry partners (Sugar Studios, Rocket Panda Post, Quixote, Final Draft, Birns & Sawyer, to name a few) Next Generation Indie Film Awards will award a $100,000 Grand Prize Package comprised of gear rentals, location rentals, post-production services, music licenses, and other film service credits aimed at helping the Grand Prize Winner film their passion project in Los Angeles.

Nominees will be invited to our Annual Awards Gala at Loews Hotel in Hollywood, hosted by actor Calum Worthy (The Act, American Vandal, Austin & Ally), where winners will be announced. Attendees include honorees and their guests; program judges, members of the press, industry partners, and sponsors from world-leading film companies. An exclusive after-party will be hosted at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt.

*2023 Prize details to be announced soon

Only films submitted to these four (4) categories will be considered for the Best Overall Film and our Grand Prize Package:


Next Generation Indie Film Awards has partnered with entertainment industry leaders for our Grand Prize Package awarded to the Winner of the “Best Overall Film”. The Prize Package contains over $100,000 worth of credits for film services and rentals to help the winning filmmaker film their next passion project in Los Angeles, California. The package includes gear rental (grip, electric, rigging), camera and lenses, post-production (editorial, sound mixing, color grading, digital final mastering), music licenses, and much more.

Nominees are invited to attend the Next Generation Indie Film Awards annual gala at Loews Hotel in Hollywood, California.

Attending winners will receive a gold statuette to commemorate their outstanding achievements in their respective independent categories.

Attending finalists will receive a plaque in recognition of their achievements.

We are an IMDb accredited event. All winners and nominees will be credited with their corresponding status after the results are announced at the gala.

All award winners and finalists are provided with a laurel which may be used for their own marketing and promotional materials.

Next Generation Indie Film Awards is proud to partner with industry-leading companies, which include: Sugar Studios LA, Birns & Sawyer, Rocket Panda Post, Quixote Studios, Final Draft, InkTip, Santa Monica College, Loews Hotel, Westside Production Rentals, Audio Department LLC, West One Music Group and many more.

The 2023 Next Generation Indie Film Awards is open to all independent films from anywhere in the world that meet the following criteria:

- Short films: Total runtime for shorts may be no more than 40 minutes
- Features: Total runtime for features must be no less than 41 minutes
- The film was completed in 2017 or later
- The film has not already won or placed as a finalist in previous years of our program

When you submit a film to our Awards Program, your personal information, including your name, email, image, and any other information contained in the film may be shared with our judges, sponsors, event participants, and others as required to administer and operate our Awards Program. We may also share your name, image, details of your film, or other personal information that you share with us in our press releases and marketing channels, including our website and on social media. By submitting a film to our Awards Program, you are giving us permission to use your personal information in these ways and agreeing to all other terms of our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service (found on

If you are under the age of majority where you live, your parent or legal guardian must give you permission to submit your film. Your film will be disqualified from our program if submitted without the permission of your parent or legal guardian.

Overall Rating
  • Great experience! Thank you so much for recognition of our short movie "First". We are so proud we could take part in this amazing festival!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for submitting your film, Aldona! The pleasure and honor were ours. We hope to meet you and your team in the near future.

  • Brenda Nascimento

    NGIFA was the best way to start my 2022 Festival season! I felt welcomed, embraced, and super stoked to be around so many talented people. Can't wait to submit my future projects again.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    We're so happy to have opened your festival season for you and it was lovely to meet you. We're looking forward to your future projects.

  • Rick Walker

    Wow!! This was big time!! Paige Kriet was nominated for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS in a Feature Film (“Second Chances”) and the entire lead up to the awards event was first class all the way! A very professional, exciting and fun night! Lots of great networking and as Paige mentioned “encouraging!” The communication leading up to the event was spot on. They didn’t miss one detail! Can’t say enough good things about this awards event and their incredible team! 5 STARS!

    Rick Walker
    Writer | Director “Second Chances”

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the lovely review, Rick. We're happy and you and Paige had a lovely experience. Keep creating!

  • Pejman Alipour

    thank you very much for everythings and you are the best and I am proud that I and my fim were the part of next generation indie film.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Pejman, it was our honor to have your beautiful film as part of our 2022 program. Thank you so much for submitting!

  • Sam Silverstein

    Awesome event and experience. Felt so real and legit between the red carpet, the award ceremony and everything in-between. Really great networking as well with super talented filmmakers. Highly recommend.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Hi Sam! We're so happy you had a lovely experience. And congratulations! :-)