IMDb Award Listing Qualifier’s Independent Shorts Awards (ISA) is a monthly international film competition, with an annual live screening event in North Hollywood, California. Some selected monthly award-winning projects are offered a proposal to worldwide distribution on digital platforms.
Each month, the submitted projects are privately screened and judged by a random team of invited experts from academia and film industry, against a high standard of merit. The monthly winners are automatically qualified to compete and be screened at ISA annual event.
Every submission can add numerous additional judging categories. The name(s) to be credited should be included in the cover letter.
Submissions are accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway.
Awards & Prizes
All entries are promoted through our social media and website with a dedicated page.
For this purpose, we recommend that projects must be fully entered on FilmFreeway, including downloadable poster and trailer.
All projects officially selected in each month receive the Independent Shorts Awards laurel and certificate and are rated at their IMDb pages (if applicable). Also, some selected works will be reviewed by ISA team. These reviews are published on ISA website and shared at each film IMDb page (if applicable). Some filmmakers, screenwriters and actors/actresses could be invited for an interview to be published as well in ISA website.
Judges score quality and creativity of entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded monthly at four levels: Platinum Awards, Gold Awards, Silver Awards, and Bronze Awards. It can be given also Honorable Mentions.
Rules & Terms
The films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English).
By submitting your film, you agree that:
- Independent Shorts Awards can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purpose.
- Entry fees are non-refundable.
- You own all the rights to the film.
Independent Shorts Awards does not accept the following:
- Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations.
- Films which are made before 2000.
- Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, or video resolution less than 720p HD).
All genres are accepted with a maximum length of 30 minutes.
For student fees, it is mandatory the student status evidence (e.g copy of student card included in the project).
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