The Philadelphia Independent Film Awards happening May 16-20, 2018, is an annual five day event dedicated to the showcasing of exceptional independent films. We believe that independent filmmakers deserve a platform where their work can be shown amongst their peers. The awards screens foreign, domestic, and local filmmakers as well as web series, music videos, LGBTQ films, documentaries, screenplays and our special Tri State Short Film category created specifically for filmmakers in the Tri State area and New York.

For the past two years, the Philadelphia Film Awards has grown to become an important event throughout Philadelphia as well as a significant part of the independent film industry as a whole. Our programming focuses solely on diverse independent films.

Nominated films, music videos and web series will be shown over four days and will be combined with events including networking mixers, the Red Carpet Awards Gala and our Closing Night Party.

Best Picture Award Domestic.
Best Documentary Award.
Best Short Film Award.
Best Student Film Award.
Best LGBTQ Award.
Tri State Film Award.
Best Web Series Award.
Best Picture Award Foreign.
Best Screenplay Award.
Best Animated Film.
Best Feature winner will be screened by Leomark Studios for possible distribution.
Best Actor Award.
Best Actress Award.
Best Supporting Male Actor.
Best Supporting Female Actor.

Films both domestic and foreign must be shot in High Definition. Foreign entries must be in English, subtitled in English or dubbed in English.
Works in progress will be accepted but must be clearly marked as such and what changes will be made when final and finished film is completed.
1. Feature films up to 120 minutes including credits will be accepted.
2. Foreign Films up to 120 minutes including credits will be accepted.
3 Documentaries up to 120 minutes including credits will be accepted.
4. Short films 30 minutes or less including credits will be accepted.
5. Short narrative films from 30 to 45 minutes including credits will be accepted.
6. Student films up to 20 minutes including credits will be accepted.
To qualify for the Tri State Short Film category fifty percent or more of your film
must be shot in the Tri State area.
7. LGTBQ feature films up to 120 minutes including credits will be accepted.
8. Animated films up to 30 minutes, including credits will be accepted.
9. Screenplays up to 120 pages will be accepted.
10. Web series entrants may submit two original episodes of your series for consideration (as one file). Each episode must be no more than 15 minutes, all genres accepted: animation, drama, comedy, documentary style, reality based.
11. Music videos will be a maximum of ten minutes in length including credits.
Your film, screenplay and music video must be copy written and must be the sole property of the submitter. Films made after 2013 will be accepted. If your film is selected for screening and nomination, upon being contacted you will be required to send a brief bio, press kit and TWO DVD copies of your film. WE DO NOT ACCEPT FILES, it must be an HD or Blu Ray film which is screening ready. Nominated films will be screened exclusively in a theater venue. There will be no online screenings. We do not accept stageplays. Thank you.

Overall Rating
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    David Brichetto

    Fantastic festival with a truly dedicated, helpful, friendly staff! Thank you!

    June 2017
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    Autumn Simmons

    Thank you for the opportunity!!!

    June 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for believing in us Autumn!!! We humbly thank you for being such an integral part of our show. We couldn't do it without you!

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    Letia Solomon

    It was a wonderful awards and film festival event! I will submit again next year.

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    I think I was more excited than you when they called your name for Best Short Film. It was such a pleasure having you there and we really enjoyed Elevate. I hope this is one of ma y times I'll get to see your work.

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    Max Cole

    Thank you for accepting my film. Communication and everything was outstanding. Honored to be accepted. Wish I could have attended.

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Max, we enjoyed screening your film. It was well received. Glad you made a film that shines a light on what goes on in so many families , regardless of gender. Truly honored to have shown it.

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    Princess Bey

    I was blown away by the Award Show! Throughout the process leading up to the festival, Floyd (the organizer) was very active and kept the lines of communication open. Whenever I had a question a response within 24 hours, which is sometimes unheard of. Despite that,I was so shocked at how amazing the award show was! The program, presentation, hosts, gift bags, etc were exceptional. I had a great time - very professionally put together. I also met a ton of talented filmmakers. I would recommend this to EVERYONE!

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    Wow! Thank you! It was a pleasure meeting you and thank you for deciding to spend the entire day with us and attend our mixer. This is all about the indie filmmaker and we want it to be an atmosphere where we can see some amazing films, network and just have a great time and leave with a good feeling. Hope to see more of your work in the future!