The IFAP Awards is an annual five day film festival celebrating the independent filmmaker. With so few opportunities at bigger festivals for indie filmmakers to have their films seen, great indie content goes unnoticed. We look for those hidden gems. The awesome films and content that often gets passed up. We look for visionary groundbreaking content that often goes unseen and unheard. There’s nothing better than seeing your hard work on screen in front of an audience that will appreciate it. There’s nothing better than hearing your name called and walking up to the podium to be acknowledged for your hard work. That’s our festival, that’s our award show. We look forward to seeing you on the red carpet.
All nominees receive free access to the entire festival, panels and workshops as well as free entry to the award show. Winners will receive the IFAP award in their perspective categories and be featured in our online magazine. The award categories are as follows.
Best Picture Domestic.
Best Picture International
Best Short Film.
Best Student Film .
Best LGBTQ Film
Best Tri State Film
Best Web Series.
Best Screenplay .
Best Short Film Script
Best Supporting Male Actor.
Best Supporting Female Actor.
Best Music Video
Best Black Stage Play
Best Emerging Black Filmmaker
Distribution with Shami Media Group
Films both domestic and international must be High Definition. International entries must be in English, or subtitled 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.
Feature films up to 120 minutes including credits will be accepted.
Stage plays up to 180 minutes will be accepted.
International Films up to 120 minutes including credits will be accepted.
Documentaries up to 120 minutes including credits will be accepted.
Short films 30 minutes or less including credits will be accepted.
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, Washington or Maryland.
. LGTBQ films up to 120 minutes including credits will be accepted.
Screenplays up to 120 pages will be accepted.
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: drama, comedy, documentary style, reality based.
. 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 If your film is selected upon being contacted you will be required to send TWO DVD copies of your film. We do not accept files.
Response from festival:
Thank you Breana! We were so moved and excited for you. Your talent and passion shines through in your work and we’re proud and humbled that Agent X was your first of many festivals and awards. I personally look forward to seeing you do bigger and better things in the film industry. It was an absolute pleasure meeting you and I look forward to seeing you again in the future.