Chicago Indie Film Awards is a monthly and annual festival which celebrates Independent U.S. and international films of all genres.

The festival is an IMDb qualifying international platform dedicated to supporting indie filmmakers from all over the world.

We select, promote, feature and award films every month. The festival is also a partner of Chicago Movie Magazine which features our official selections every month.

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

Best U.S Narrative Feature
Best U.S. Narrative Short
Best U.S. Documentary Feature
Best U.S. Documentary short
Best U.S Actor/Feature and Short
Best U.S. Actress/Feature and Short
Best U.S. Cinematography/Feature and Short
Best U.S. Editing/Feature and Short
Best U.S Student Film
Best U.S. Script
Best U.S Directing/Feature and Short

Best International Narrative Feature
Best International Narrative Short
Best International Documentary Feature
Best International Documentary short
Best International Actor/Feature and Short
Best International Actress/Feature and Short
Best International Cinematography/Feature and Short
Best International Editing/Feature and Short
Best International Script
Best International Directing/Feature and Short
Best International Student 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Once a film is selected for our annual event, it cannot be withdrawn.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 50 minutes.
Chicago Indie Film Awards can use stills and trailers to promote films.

Overall Rating
  • Was happy to be selected and considered for the Chicago Indie Film Awards. Thanks for taking the time to review my film.

    December 2020
  • james Mathis

    A wonderful and great film festival 💯

    November 2020
  • It was exiting and a pleasure to be part of this great festival and make it to the very final with our film "The Flame of Memory". We are grateful for the honour, and the kind treatment we received from its organization. Long live Chicago Indie Film Awards!

    November 2020
  • Gang Chen

    This is a fantastic event by which I see my writing potential and a great encouragement. I look forward to submitting more screenplays.

    Thanks again to the team!

    November 2020
  • Djibril Eben

    Ce fut une grande excitation de participer à mon premier concours de film. Le festival du film indépendant de Chicago réunissant toujours des films riches en créativités venant de partout dan le monde, ce fut un honneur de participer et de figurer dans la sélection officielle.
    La communication à été sans faille. Je recommande vivement ce festival.

    November 2020