Welcome to the IMDb qualifying New York Independent Cinema Awards.

We believe in the power of cinema and independent filmmaking.

The festival is a creative event which stands with all the artists involved in film and script projects. U.S. and international projects are selected in various categories of the competition.

Every month, our team will announce the best in each category through NY Arts & Cinema as our sponsor. Film and script projects are evaluated and screened by our programmers and the official selections are forwarded to jury members assigned to each category.

The winners are promoted on IMDb, social media and through the magazine every month. The award winners can request for further online screening of films through our partnered screening platforms.

Every year, we also screen our best feature and best short of the year in New York.

Members of the jury are chosen from award winning film directors, producers, actors, critics and artists from New York, Chicago, Toronto, Los Angeles and all over the world. We also select our jury from the award winning artists of the past editions.

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.
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.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
You own all the rights to the film.

Overall Rating
  • On behalf of my team, Thank you so much for choosing our film Brazilian Templars Mystery for awards in your 2021 festival. We’re honored and very grateful for this opportunity.

    June 2021
  • Wonderful film festival. Great creative team. I enjoyed participating in the program. I recommend everything to filmmakers!

    June 2021
  • susan lim

    Truly a wonderful festival to participate in, thank you organisers for the recognition of our animated short.

    June 2021
  • How wonderful to be part of your Festival and have my script "Last Summer at the Dells" gain recognition. I commend your excellent taste!

    June 2021
  • Matt Sendel

    Thank you, New York! It’s been an honor to have “GUSHER” be an official selection with the New York Independent Cinema Awards! Being selected for the festival was an unexpected surprise. Thank you!

    June 2021