Welcome to Chicago Indie Film Awards!

The Chicago Indie Film Awards in partnership with the Chicago Movie magazine is devoted to the art of indie filmmaking; a journey of artistic expressionism, compelling narratives and unique forms and voices in independent filmmaking and screenwriting.

The IMDb qualifying festival celebrates indie U.S. and international film and script projects through its annual and bi-monthly competition. The festival is looking for fiction, documentary, experimental, animation, comedy and all genres of filmmaking which can inspire us, challenge us and make us think.

In addition to being visual, cinema combines most aspects of art; these include symbolism, subject matter, theme and background. Cinema is the most influential form of art since it is the only form in which you can have the largest impact on a wide range of individuals. Our team brings together filmmakers, actors, directors, writers, artists and critics from US, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Kingdom and all over the globe in order to network and select the best of each category.

Chicago Indie Film Awards is committed to indie filmmaking and the language of cinema as an art form. Our mission is to inspire & motivate people to discover the world through the art of motion pictures and indie filmmaking.

Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary short
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Science Fiction
Best Horror
Best Director
Best Producer
Best Cinematography
Best Editor
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Script
Best Unproduced script
Best TV Series/Pilot/Web
Best Comedy
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
Best Thriller
Best Trailer
Best Composer
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best Female Filmmaker
Best Indie Film

Films can be available online and still submit to the festival.
Films must have been completed within the past 4 years.
Shorts must be less than 50 minutes.
Chicago Indie Film Awards can use stills, poster, headshots and trailers to promote films and artists through Chicago Movie magazine and other media partners of the festival.
Entry fees are non refundable.

Overall Rating
  • Louisa Sharamatyan

    Dear Chicago Indie Film Awards team,

    You are one of the best film festivals we have taken part in.

    Our team would like to thank you for the excellent organization of the festival, as well as all the members of the jury, thanks to whose decision our film "The American Good Samaritans" won award .

    I wish all of you a all the best for the festival and in your personal life.

    Manvel Saribekyan, Film Producer.

    January 2023
  • Stevie Fernandez

    They have been very kind and it was an honor to be recognized with one of their awards.

    January 2023
  • Many thanks for selecting our pilot "88". Great communication!

    December 2022
  • Lorien Haynes

    So grateful to the Chicago Indie Film Awards for acknowledging our film. THANK YOU. Lorien Haynes

    December 2022
  • So happy to be selected by the Chicago Indie Film Awards! Thanks so much. This experience leads me to drive toward future participation with future projects. Thank you for the wonderful communication and timely responses! Best of luck with future festivals. Rich Henkels, Exec. Producer - Workforce - The Pilot

    December 2022