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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Indie Fest is about helping independent filmmakers gain credibility, publicity and introductions to distributors with whom the Indie Fest has relationships. 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 awards competition. Serving filmmakers is our first and only goal.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The goal of the Indie Fest is to help the winners of this coveted award achieve the recognition they deserve. We seeks entries from talented filmmakers, television producers and videographers. The Indie is a top-tier, international awards competition. The Indie is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices. It is a user-friendly competition.
Indie awards go to those filmmakers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling documentaries. The Indie is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices.
The Indie Fest’s 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 40,000 filmmakers, musicians and industry insiders.
The Indie recognizes filmmakers who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity.
(The Indie Fest’s sister competitions are the Accolade Competition, www.theaccolade.net; Best Shorts, 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.)
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 on 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 is not a traditional film festival, it is an 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 $350 per statuette. Shipping is free within the United States but international orders will be charged a $50 shipping fee.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Indie Distribution Fest is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition for promotional purposes.
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 Distribution 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 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 $350 per statuette. Shipping is free within the United States but international orders will be charged a $50 shipping fee. Participants are under no obligation to purchase a statuette.