The IMDb qualifying bi-monthly Chicago Indie Film Awards celebrates independent U.S. and international film and script projects.
We promote the art of indie filmmaking; a journey of artistic expressionism, compelling narratives, forms and experimental story telling. Our judges will be looking for films that are pushing the boundaries of contemporary storytelling.
We are looking for fiction, documentary, experimental, animation, comedy and all genres of filmmaking which can inspire us or challenge us.
U.S. and international projects compete together in various sections of the festival. The official selections are screened privately to jury members of each edition in various categories and have the option to screen films through our online screening platform. Every year, we also screen the best indie short and feature of the year in Chicago.
Our team consists of filmmakers, actors, directors, writers and critics from all over the world. We believe that we live in a new era of digital technology and the festivals need to be able to adjust to various forms of online competitions, screenings and virtual events in order to recognize and promote talented indie artists working in media.
Chicago Indie Film Awards is committed to supporting and promoting international and American indie film and script projects of all genres.
Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary short
Best Science Fiction
Best Unproduced script
Best TV Series/Pilot/Web
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
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.
Entry fees are non refundable.