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The bi-monthly IMDb qualifying Chicago Indie Film Awards celebrates independent U.S. and international film and script projects.

We promote the art of indie of 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. Every year, we also screen the best indie short and feature of the year.

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 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.


Awards & Prizes:

Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary short
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Science Fiction
Best Horror
Best Director
Best Producer
Best Cinematography
Best Editor
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Script
Best Unproduced script
Best TV Series/Pilot/Web
Best Comedy
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
Best Thriller
Best Trailer
Best Composer
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best Female Filmmaker
Best Indie Film


Rules & Terms:

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.


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  • Kudos to the Chicago Indi Film Awards staff for a job well done. Keep up the good work!

    26 Jan, 2022

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