Rules & FAQ2023-11-16T21:17:11+00:00

SUBMISSION RULES

Who can enter the Next Generation Indie Film Awards?

The Next Generation Indie Film Awards is open to all independent short & feature films/filmmakers anywhere in the world that meet the following criteria:

  • Short films: Total runtime for shorts may be no more than 40 minutes
  • Features films: Total runtime for features may be no less than 40 minutes and a maximum of 240 minutes
  • Completion date: 2017 or later
  • The film must not have already won or placed as a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Film Awards
What do I need to do to enter the Next Generation Indie Film Awards?
  1. Select the category or categories you wish to enter
  2. Complete the entry form and submit your film
  3. Arrange online payment of entry fee
  4. Submit completed entry form and entry fee
1. Select the category or categories you wish to enter

Select the category or categories you wish to enter, based on which category most applies to your film or to your marketing strategies. You may enter as many categories as you like.

See award categories here

2. Complete the entry form

Complete the online entry form, which includes a link to your film. Only one entry form is required regardless of the number of categories you wish to enter. However, if you wish to enter more than one film, you must complete a different entry form for each title.

3. Arrange online payment of entry fee

The 2023 Final Deadline entry fees are as follows:

  • Short Film categories: $65
  • Short Film craft categories: $30
  • Feature Film categories: $100
  • Feature film craft categories: $65

Direct online payment of the entry fee using a credit card or debit card is prompted when you submit the online entry form.

4. Submit completed entry form and entry fee

The easiest and most efficient way to enter the 2023 Next Generation Indie Film Awards is by completing the online entry form and paying online with a credit card through PayPal. Shortly thereafter, you will receive a Confirmation of Entry email.

Terms

By submitting your film, you agree:

  1. You own all the rights to your film
  2. Entry fees are not refundable
  3. Next Generation Indie Film Awards can use elements of your film (including clips, trailer, and poster) for promotional purposes

Next Generation Indie Film Awards does not accept films completed before 2017.

When you submit a film to our Awards Program, your personal information, including your name, email, image, and any other personal information contained in the film may be shared with our judges, sponsors, event participants and others as required to administer and operate our Awards Program. We may also share your name, image, details of your film, or other personal information that you share with us in our press releases and marketing channels, including our website and on social media. By submitting a film to our Awards Program, you are giving us permission to use your personal information in these ways and agreeing to all other terms of our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

If you are under the age of majority where you live, your parent or legal guardian must give you permission to submit your film. Your film will be disqualified from our program if submitted without the permission of your parent or legal guardian.

FAQ

Feel free to contact us should you have a question not answered here.

When do submissions open for the 2024 awards program?2023-11-16T21:21:10+00:00

Submissions are currently closed for the 2024 awards program indefinitely.

When and where is the awards gala?2023-11-16T21:21:41+00:00

The 2023 Awards Gala was held on October 29, 2023 at Loews Hotel in Hollywood, California.

How can I update or modify my submission?2020-04-06T22:01:32+00:00

For updates and modifications to your submission please email info@indiefilmawards.co

My film isn’t finished yet, can I submit it anyway?2022-03-07T22:43:12+00:00

Yes. You may submit unfinished work for consideration. You may submit an updated link at a later time for a $35 change fee. However, we recommend submitting finished work.

Can I submit an updated link of my film for consideration?2022-03-07T22:43:49+00:00

Yes. We accept updated links for consideration. However there is a $35 change fee per update.

Can I withdraw my submission?2022-03-07T22:44:55+00:00

Yes. You may withdraw your submission as long as you let us know a minimum of eight weeks before the Awards Gala date. Withdrawals within eight weeks of the Awards Gala date are not accepted. Entry fees are non-refundable for withdrawn submissions.

Are entry fees non-refundable?2022-03-07T22:45:13+00:00

Yes – entry fees are non-refundable.

Can I re-submit work to Next Generation Indie Film Awards which wasn’t selected in previous years?2022-03-07T22:46:45+00:00

We accept previously-submitted films that have not placed as a finalist or won in previous years of our program.

When are winners and finalists announced?2023-11-16T21:24:19+00:00