Chicago Indie Film Awards celebrates Independent U.S. and international films of all genres. 

The festival is an IMDb qualifying monthly and annual festival. The international platform is dedicated to supporting, promoting and recognizing indie film projects and scripts from all over the world. U.S. and international projects compete together in various sections of the festival. 

The official selections of the monthly editions are screened privately to jury members of each edition in various categories. All the award winners are then nominated for the annual festival with screening, cash prizes and bonuses in the competition. 

The festival is also a partner of Chicago Movie Magazine which features our official selections and the award winners every month. 

Chicago Indie Film Awards is committed to supporting indie film projects from all over the world. 

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

Once a film is selected for our annual event, it cannot be withdrawn.
Films can be available online and still be entered in the competition for our monthly festival.
Multiple submissions and multiple category submissions are accepted.
Films must have been completed within the past 4 years.
Shorts must be less than 40 minutes.
Chicago Indie Film Awards can use stills and trailers to promote films.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you, CIFF, for supporting these first time filmmakers. We were profoundly touched.

    April 2021

    Thanks a lot for the opportunity to show the scrip. The festival is a wonderful tools of communication

    April 2021
  • Lise Charrin

    We are very honored that our short film "The Secret Walls" have been selected by this beautiful and exciting festival ! Thanks again to all the team and jury !

    April 2021
  • susan lim

    An awesome experience to participate in the Chicago Indie Film Awards, thank you Organizers for the recognition !

    April 2021
  • Stephen Phillips

    Great festival! I will be submitting my next short film in the future!
    Great job!
    Stephen Drury Phillips

    April 2021