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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Indie Fest Awards is about helping independent filmmakers gain credibility and publicity. The primary goal of traditional film festivals is to bring entertainment to local audiences which makes filmmakers of secondary importance. The Indie Fest is not a traditional film festival, it is an international awards competition. Serving filmmakers is our first and only goal.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Indie Fest Awards is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices. It is a user-friendly competition. Indie awards go to those filmmakers, actors, producers and members of the creative team who create fresh, standout films, television programs, compelling documentaries and new media.
The Indie is a top-tier, international awards competition. Entries come from all over the world including Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malta, Martinique, México, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.
The Indie Fest Awards has seasonal deadlines/judging and grants awards as appropriate within four to six weeks after each deadline. Winners are also promoted via targeted press releases to media outlets, and to the Indie's email database of more than 30,000 filmmakers and industry insiders.
(The Indie Fest Awards' sister competitions are the Accolade Awards Competition, www.theaccolade.net; Best Shorts Awards, www.bestshorts.net; and Global Music Awards, www.thegma.net. All four competitions have independent judging and judging results from one competition will not influence the outcome of the other.)
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Thomas Baker, Ph.D. (Festival Coordinator)
Like most award competitions the first level of judging is conducted in-house. Staff is selective. All the entries recommended for Award of Merit and Award of Excellence are carefully screened by the Competition Chairperson. Entries judged to be potential Best of Show winners may be sent to outside judges for additional review. The Chairpersons role is to assure consistency across judging and maintain high standards.
1. Submit online screener or send DVD in NTSC or PAL formats.
2. Label DVD cover with the WAB Tracking ID, filmmaker name and telephone number.
3. Submissions in other than English must be subtitled, dubbed or include an English transcript.
4. Written comments describing entries are invited and helpful during judging.
5. Entries will not be returned.
Note: The Indie Fest Awards is not a traditional film festival, it is an international awards competition. Judging results letters will be sent by regular mail about four to six weeks after the final deadline to all participants, i.e., to those who were granted awards and those who were not granted awards. Free digital downloads of Indie Fest laurels will be made available to all winners. Winners may also order an Indie statuette for an additional cost of $375 per statuette. Shipping is free within the United States but international orders will be charged a $60 shipping fee.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Indie Fest Awards is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition for promotional purposes.
The Indie Fest Awards is hereby granted the right to share your contact information in specific instances when someone inquires about your production and is trying to make contact with you.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to submit the film for consideration, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Indie Fest from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.
The undersigned understands that the Indie Fest is not a traditional festival and that it is an awards competition. The undersigned is responsible for providing the Indie Fest with an up-to-date mailing address as judging results letters will be sent by regular mail about four to six weeks after the final deadline to all participants, i.e., to those who were granted awards and those who were not granted awards. Free digital downloads of Indie Fest Awards laurels will be made available to all winners but Indie Fest statuettes if desired must be purchased. Winners may also order an Indie statuette for an additional cost of $375 per statuette. Shipping is free within the United States but international orders will be charged a $60 shipping fee. Participants are under no obligation to purchase a statuette.