Happy Birthday IndieFEST! The most PRESTIGIOUS online Indie Film competition for 15 years! IMDb Qualified!

From Oscar-Winners to Hot New Talent! Promoting the best in Indie filmmaking of cinematic gems and unique voices to a worldwide audience. PLUS - The best BENEFITS in the industry!

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IndieFEST 15th Anniversary Promotion!
25% Discount and two FREE additional Categories
Buy one (1) - get three (3)!
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and more....

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SPECIAL BONUS - NO date restrictions! If your project was born during IndieFEST's 15-year lifetime - bring it on! Give your old projects & films the additional recognition they deserve!
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** FOR THE DISCOUNT:

Use code INDIEFEST15 at checkout to receive 25% off each category purchased.

** FOR THE TWO FREE ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES:

1. Once your entry is processed (for your first category), your FilmFreeway status will change and you will receive an auto response from FilmFreeway. After that you will receive an email from Info@theindiefest.com explaining the next steps for your free categories.

2. You can see all of the categories here: https://theindiefest.com/categories/

Why IndieFEST???

IndieFEST has been active since 2008, now in its 15th year - it discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality films and new media. Attracting both powerhouse industry veterans as well as talented new filmmakers, the IndieFEST is an exceptional, truly international awards competition.

Benefits for the veteran filmmaker – IndieFEST serves as a great predictor of future success. Our films have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys, Tellys and more. For the filmmaker establishing or advancing a career – a prestigious IndieFEST win helps promote your film and your future projects.

Serving filmmakers is IndieFEST’s primary goal: IndieFEST is about helping independent filmmakers gain the credibility and publicity you justly deserve.

*** BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING ***

• IMDb QUALIFIED
Have your win listed on the industry’s top international database.

• PROMOTIONAL LAURELS
Give your film opening and your promotional graphics that wow factor!

• PEER REVIEW
Our judges are Emmy, Telly and award-winning filmmakers who understand both filmmaking craft and what audiences want.

• NO DATE REQUIREMENTS
As long as you believe your film is still relevant - it is welcome.

• FREE PRESS IS EVERYTHING
Use our social media posts to share with your audience and our free press release template and tips to garner critical publicity to enhance the credibility of your project.

• PRESS RELEASE – CUSTOM for you!
Winners receive a fill-in-the-blanks Press Release to promote your win and tips for using it. We've done the heavy lifting - just fill it in and send to media outlets suitable for your work!

• SOCIAL MEDIA PUSH
IndieFEST announces that the award winners have been selected on Facebook, Twitter (X) and Instagram. Winners are encouraged to share those posts. Winners are also sent to a data base of 100,000+ industry pros through our partner FilmFestivals.com.

FEATURES OF IndieFEST:

• PRESTIGIOUS
In winning an IndieFEST award you join the ranks of high-profile winners including Oscar and Emmy winning famous (and soon to be famous!) filmmakers.

• NO POLITICS / FAIR JUDGING
It doesn’t matter who you are – each entry is judged solely on the merits of the piece and scores are given accordingly!

• TELLING
A great predictor of future success! Our talented filmmakers have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys & Tellys.

• CAREER ENHANCING
IndieFEST attracts extraordinary work from filmmakers at all levels of experience - from talented first timers to industry heavyweights. Everyone benefits from the publicity of a win and from professional peer feedback!

• UNIQUE
A truly international awards competition, attracting global participation. 123+ countries and counting! (check them out here: https://theindiefest.com/about-rules/)

• INDUSTRY STANDARD
We proudly comply with Festival best practices and IndieFEST is IMDb qualified! Listing your award on your IMDb page is invaluable for your projects and future endeavors.

• SOCIAL CONSCIENCE
IndieFEST grants an annual Humanitarian Award and celebrates work by women filmmakers, LBGTQ+, disability issues, social justice, humanity, animal welfare and environmental issues.

WHAT KIND OF MEDIA

IndieFEST is an excellent venue for films, documentaries, new and experimental media, television pilot programs, animation, educational programs, remixes & mashups, movie trailers, music videos, webisodes, tube length works and so much more!

**** We believe that films other than just ONE “Best of Show” deserve recognition – so we offer a variety of award levels befitting the judging scores.

Each year IndieFEST Film Awards receives thousands of entries. Quality and creativity are celebrated in five levels of awards: Best of Show, Outstanding Achievement, Award of Excellence, Award of Merit and Award of Recognition.

FAIR & NON-POLITICAL - We pride ourselves on fair and non-political judging. Entries do not compete against each other. Instead, entries are judged against a high standard of merit and are scored accordingly.

Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized in five different levels of awards depending on their final score. Entries do not compete against each other. Instead, entries are judged against a high standard of merit and are scored accordingly.

Best of Show honors are granted to the top scoring entry for each season. Outstanding Achievement and Awards of Excellence are granted to entries with truly exceptional filmmaking. Notable artistic and technical productions are recognized at the Awards of Merit award level and Awards of Recognition recognizes achievement in a specific category of entry.

No fixed numbers of awards are granted at any level but rather fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline. More info here: (https://theindiefest.com/about-rules/)

Notification:

Each individual submission will receive two confirmation emails. One from FilmFreeway confirming your entry through their system and one directly from the IndieFEST Film Awards team with additional details.

After judging is completed, winners in all categories will be notified of their award immediately following the submission of the judge’s findings to the IndieFEST staff.

Submissions that were not awarded will be notified after the judging process. All award winners are also provided the opportunity to acquire statuettes and other keepsakes to commemorate their achievement.

IMPORTANT!!!!!!
None of this will be possible unless you receive that email. Make sure you add info@theindieFEST.com to your safe senders list right away!
(Especially you Gmail users!)

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ANNOUNCEMENT:

We post when the awards have been posted on social media and we post the award winners on our website listing.

STATUETTES – 24k gold works of art

The IndieFEST statuette is exceptional in this industry and is a work of art. Covered with 24k gold, it stands 14 inches tall and weighs three (3) pounds! It is manufactured by the company that makes the worlds’ most prestigious and celebrated awards, the Oscar, Clio, and Accolade. BEST OF SHOW will receive a complimentary statute. Other winners will have the opportunity to purchase statuettes to commemorate their wins.

HUMANITARIAN AWARD:

IndieFEST is a competition with a conscience. Each year the IndieFEST grants its Annual Humanitarian Award for dedicated service to Ecological, Political, Social Justice, Health and Wellness, Animals, Wildlife, Conservation and Spiritual importance. Films meeting these criteria and recognized at the Award of Excellence level can be nominated for the Humanitarian Award by any of the judges. All nominated films are then reviewed at the end of each year and awards granted. Each year the judges will select one Grand Prize winner and award Outstanding Achievement, Award of Distinction and Honorable Mention to all deserving films.

FOR THE DISCOUNT:

Use code IndieFEST15 at checkout to receive 25% off each category purchased.

** FOR THE TWO FREE ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES:

1. Once your entry is processed (for your first category), your FilmFreeway status will change and you will receive an auto response from FilmFreeway. After that you will receive an email from Info@theindiefest.com explaining the next steps for your free categories.

2. You can see all of the categories here: https://theindiefest.com/categories/

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IMPORTANT!!!!!!
None of this will be possible unless you receive that email. Make sure you add Info@theindiefest.com to your safe senders list right away!
(Especially you Gmail users!)

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More important details!

1. Submissions in other than English must be subtitled.

2. Multiple entries are allowed from a filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.

3. Online screeners are mandatory. If you choose not to upload your project to FilmFreeway’s site, please provide an online link to your submission and be sure to include the password in an email correspondence sent directly to the IndieFEST Film Awards.

For any dinosaurs out there ;-) .... If you choose to send a DVD screener instead, please format it in NTSC, label the cover with the FilmFreeway Tracking ID, film title, filmmaker name and telephone number, and forward it to the IndieFEST Film Awards mailing address.

4. There are NO date requirements!

5. IndieFEST does not download submissions or accept Dropbox submissions. Please only send links to your media hosted on 3rd party servers such as Vimeo or YouTube.

6. Written comments describing entries are beneficial.

7. DVD Entries will not be returned.

8. All films submitted under a “Student Fee” category will be listed as a (Student) on all materials including social media and press releases. Student I.D. required.

Where our filmmakers are from: 123+ countries and counting:
Check them out here: https://theindiefest.com/about-rules/

Sister Competitions:

The IndeiFEST sister competitions are the Accolade Global Film Competition (www.AccoladeCompetition.org), which celebrates outstanding media of every variety around the globe, the Impact DOCS Awards (www.ImpactDOCSAwards.com) serving documentary filmmakers and spreading their messages around the globe, and Best Shorts Competition honoring the best in Short Film filmmaking. (www.BestShorts.net).

All four competitions share administrative offices but have independent judging and judging results from one competition will not influence the outcome of the other.

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IMPORTANT!!!!!!
None of this will be possible unless you receive that email. Make sure you add Info@theindiefest.com to your safe senders list right away!
(Especially you Gmail users!)

Overall Rating
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  • Anna Gerasimova

    The IndieFEST is definitely one of the best online events! We thoroughly enjoyed participating! The communication was excellent as always and the team was friendly and supportive. We are thrilled to have received an award and are excited about the recognition!

    May 2024
  • Antonio Hrynchuk

    This is a fantastic, thoughtful, and very professional festival. Would definitely recommend!

    May 2024
  • Anthony Igra

    This is a well run festival with great communication. It is also evident that the jury takes great time and effort in considering the entries. It's been a great experience.

    May 2024
  • Great communication and a very helpful festival! Thank you for reviewing and supporting our film project.

    May 2024
  • Mary C. Ferrara

    Great festival, thank you for the great materials to help promote my film "Wallie's Gals'" wins.

    May 2024