Welcome to the bi-monthly IMDb qualifying NY Independent Cinema Awards

Independent filmmaking has always been there and it's not to be forgotten. NY Independent Cinema Awards is dedicated to independent filmmaking and artists. We believe in the power of independent filmmaking as an artform. Members of the jury are selected from award winning film directors, producers, actors, critics and artists from New York, Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles and all over the world. The festival is a creative event which stands with all the artists involved in film and script projects. Our festival is dedicated to the discovery and promotion of independent U.S. and international projects.

U.S. Narrative Short
International Narrative Feature
International Narrative Short
U.S. Documentary Feature
U.S Documentary Short
International Documentary Feature
International Documentary Short
Best Script
Best Director
Best Producer
Best Cinematographer
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Composer
Best Editor
Best Animation
Best Comedy
Best Experimental
Best Science Fiction
Best Horror
Best Music Video
Best Trailer
Best Student Film
Best TV Series-Web-Pilot

We consider films regardless of their completion date. You can submit any film no matter when it was made.
Award winners of each edition can request for certificates, laurels and screening through NY Arts & Cinema.
Shorts must be less than 50 minutes.
Films over 50 minutes should submit to the feature category.
New York Independent Cinema Awards can use trailer/teaser/film poster for promotional purpose.
Any submitter who is disrespectful toward other artists and the festival, will be disqualified from the festival at any stage of the contest upon the decision of the team.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
You own all the rights to the film project.

Overall Rating
  • I'm so blessed and honored to have received such an honor and to be highly acclimated for my short. Words can't describe how much it means to spread awareness of the brutal and raw reality we face today as humanity within the injustice of the system. I look forward to keep moving towards my goals and further successes.

    November 2022
  • Awesome to be selected for this festival, great communication will no doubt be submitting for the next project

    October 2022
  • Keeley Walter

    Orlando winning Best Actor at this event has been amazing, from this Festival he now has an acting agent. Many thanks.

    November 2022
  • kevin irvine

    Sincere thanks to New York Independent Cinema Festival for selecting my feature screenplay, GODFORSAKEN: A STORY OF THREE MARYS, as a Nominee. I am thrilled and honored to be part of your great festival! Kevin Michael Irvine

    October 2022
  • Katsi'tsakwas Ellen Gabriel

    Thank you New York Independent Cinema for selecting my documentary Kanàtenhs - When the Pine Needles Fall for your wonderful film festival
    it is a great honour

    October 2022