The Independent Awards, Asian Edition is an exclusive competition to showcase your talent and win in the largest continent. We are happy to welcome filmmakers from all over the world. Our mission is to discover talented filmmakers from all over the world and help them promote their productions in our network, expanding their project possibilities. Our main goal is to showcase their brilliant projects in the major cities of the planet for a diverse audience of cinephiles. We will promote and feature every member of our community enhancing the opportunity for networking with directors, cast, crew and people from the industry.

All the Winners of The Independent Awards will receive a Winner Laurel, our Official Certificate (digital format) ready for printing, will be listed on our website, can list their win at our official IMDB and may order our exclusive Trophy.

We proudly announce all our IMDb qualifiying Categories

Your project might become a multi award winning film!.


Best Short
Best Foreign short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Student Short
Best First Time Filmmaker Short
Best Horror Short
Best Music Video
Best Producer
Best Female Director
Best Male Director
Best Female Student Director
Best Male Student Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best New Actress/Actor
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Production Design
Best Sound Design
Best Original Score
Best Screenwriting
Best Actor Debut
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Production Design
Best Sound Design
Best Original Score
Best Screenwriting
Best Visual Effects
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Young Filmmaker
Best Animator
Best Us Feature Film
Best International Feature film
Best Us Documentary Film
Best International Documentary Film
Best Director in a Long Feature Film
Best Women Filmmaker in a Long Feature Film
Best First-time Filmmaker in a Long Feature Film
Best Actor in a Long Feature Film
Best Actress in a Long Feature Film
Best Music in a Feature Film
Best Editing in a Feature Film
Best Cinematography in a Feature Film
Best Script in a Feature Film
For Short Films:
Best Us Narrative Short
Best International Narrative Short
Best Us Documentary Short
Best International Documentary Short
Best Us Experimental Short
Best International Experimental Short
Best Micro Short
Best Erotic Short
Best Music Video
Best High-school Level Short
Best Advertising
Best Director
Best Producer
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Child Actor/Actress
Best Script
Best Cinematographer
Best Editor
Best Music
Best Poster
Best Trailer
Best Animation
Best Music Video
Best Women Empowerment Short
Best Women filmmaker in Short
Best Student Short
Best First-time Filmmaker Short
Best Social Justice Short Film
Best Horror Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Family Short
Best Erotic Short
Best War Short
Best History Short
Best Thriller Short
Best Web Series/ Tv Pilot

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– Films must be submitted via an online screener ONLY.

– We do not accept films submitted on DVD.

– You are providing TIA a nonexclusive limited license to use segments of your film (including trailers/film posters/press kits/teasers) for promotional purposes.

-Submissions DO NOT guarantee selection.

-If selected, Filmmakers will receive our official laurel by email.

-All international films MUST have English subtitles if in another language.

– Entrants confirm and warrant that they have the required legal authority to use all music, images, and content in the entry submitted.

– Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted. Add cover letter on your submission.

– No restrictions on premiere or online statuses.

-Official Selections will be announced on the website, social media and partners & press.


We are mainly looking for: Feature Film, Short Films, Documentaries, TV/Web-Series, Series Pilots, Student Films, Animations, Trailers, Music Videos, Produced and Unproduced Scripts, Commercials, Experimental Films, Professional Mobile Films and Disruptive formats as Portrait Orientation.

We accept films of any genres, length and language.

Any genre and any length of film will be considered – anything under 45 minutes is classified as a short, anything over 45 minutes is classified as a feature. The maximum film length for the Screendance and Queer Short Film Competitions is 20 minutes

1. Amateur videos. 2. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations. 3. Pornography. 4. Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 1080p HD). 5. We don’t accept excerpts/scenes from films: you must submit the entire film.

By submitting your film, take note that: The Independent Awards is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt (trailer/teaser/poster/stills) from any film submitted for promotional purposes. Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be submitted to multiple categories. Winning categories vary depending on the submissions we receive. If the administration thinks the categories submitted are not to a standard of the Independent Awards win, they will be removed. The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries and the Jury can remove a movie from the competition at any time.
If expedited feedback is selected in full submission, your judging status will be updated within the next 72hrs.
If no main category is selected in the expedited feedback option, automatically the entry cannot be considered.
The full submission is a main category or more selected in addition to feedback option.
Remember that payments are not refundable.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for possible screening (private and/or public) and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Independent Awards, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss or damage of the screening videos entered.

When submitting your film, you automatically agree with the terms, conditions & rules above.

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Overall Rating
  • Yuri Maslak

    A wonderful festival! Thank you for winning our film LIVING THE DREAM in the BEST ROMANTIC COMEDY nomination! We love you!

    September 2021
  • Excellent organization and very friendly and warm team.

    September 2021
  • Catherine Gropper

    Very communicative and supportive of submissions they receive , They like everyone at film freeway make enormous efforts to share Boone the and help to push your projects to their utmost . Sometime in the future perhaps this film tests can learn a thing or two about how to speak , share and encourage . We can all that .

    September 2021
  • Patrick Kelly

    Thank you so very much for accepting my mobile film, it is an honour to be part of such a great festival *****
    Kind regards Patrick

    September 2021
  • Ana A P. Braunstein

    Thank you Independent Awards Film Festival Judges! It is an honor to be a part of it! I specially love the encouraging and inspiring notes on your Winners email! Great attention to details and good timely communication skills! Ana A P Braunstein 🏆(Winner of Best Original Story “This Case & My Life)

    September 2021