Independent Shorts Awards

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Years running: 4 (since 2018)

Independent Shorts Awards

IMDb qualifier Los Angeles-based international film festival.

About

Important note on COVID-19: None of the Independent Shorts Awards live events will be cancelled. Although are currently postponed, all of the screenings and Q&As will be scheduled for the first safe opportunity, even if they have to be merged in large events. Until then, ISA has also optional streaming opportunities for who wants to join, namely VOD or monthly subscription via ISA TV channel. 
This means that our event dates designate, at this temporary stage, the day for the announcement of the award winners of each season. The respective live events will take place as soon as possible. 
Everything else is working as usual.

IMDb qualifier's Independent Shorts Awards (ISA) is a Los Angeles-based international film festival, with monthly live screenings at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA, along with a major annual awards event at the same venue every August. 
Besides the premiere screenings at one of the most prestigious venues of Hollywood, ISA offers a distribution deal to all award winners through its streaming TV channel, plus the exclusive ISA official trophy (at the annual event) and other rewards.

ISA is looking for independent projects from all genres, particularly low or no-budget ones, as well as from all countries, especially from those traditionally underrepresented in the global film industry.

Each round, the submitted projects are 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 to be screened at ISA annual event. Some of them, selected by the programmers of ISA, are publicly screened in Los Angeles at the end of each monthly round.

Every submission can add numerous additional judging categories (via multiple submissions). The name(s) to be credited should be included in the cover letter or sent by email.

Awards

All projects officially selected in each season receive the Independent Shorts Awards laurel and certificate.

Based on the highest rates, the pools of monthly Platinum and Gold Awards given during the annual cycle (April 2019-March 2020) are eligible for the nominations for the 2020 annual awards. Our judges' committee can decide to nominate also other award-winning projects.

As an additional reward, the highest-rated projects from all categories receive a 12-month free subscription to IPitch and special discount waivers to submit to our sister film festivals.

Finally, the most competitive films are invited to join our exclusive streaming channel with the payment of shared revenue.

At the annual events, award winners receive also for free the official ISA trophy, an exclusive piece of art made in cristal. These trophies can be ordered by any award winner from the monthly rounds.

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 and Outstanding Achievement Awards.

The awards by category: 

  • Best Short Script 
  • Best Narrative Short 
  • Best Indie Short 
  • Best Student Short 
  • Best Animation Short 
  • Best Documentary Short 
  • Best Experimental Short 
  • Best Microfilm 
  • Best Music Video 
  • Best Drama Short 
  • Best Comedy Short 
  • Best Dark Comedy Short 
  • Best Thriller Short 
  • Best Parody Short 
  • Best Horror Short 
  • Best Crime Short 
  • Best Film Noir Short 
  • Best Mystery Short 
  • Best Fantasy Short 
  • Best Sci-Fi Short 
  • Best Western Short 
  • Best Children Short 
  • Best LGBTQ Short 
  • Best Women Short 
  • Best Web Series/TV Pilot 
  • Best Web and New Media 
  • Best Mobile Short 
  • Best Drone Short 
  • Best First Time Director (Female) 
  • Best First Time Director (Male) 
  • Best Young Filmmaker 
  • Best Director (Female) 
  • Best Director (Male) 
  • Best Student Director (Female) 
  • Best Student Director (Male) 
  • Best Acting Ensemble 
  • Best Acting Duo 
  • Best Actor 
  • Best Actress 
  • Best Supporting Actor 
  • Best Supporting Actress 
  • Best Child/Young Actor 
  • Best Child/Young Actress 
  • Best Cinematography 
  • Best Editing 
  • Best Sound Design 
  • Best Original Score 
  • Best Original Story 
  • Best Special FX 
  • Best Visual FX 
  • Best Trailer/Teaser

Rules

  • All genres are accepted with a maximum length of 60 minutes. 
  • The films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English).
  • Films which are made after 2000. 
  • As screening copies, we accept mov and mp4 files that we convert in DCP with no extra fees.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Director: Victor Eustáquio

Documents

Place

United States
Los Angeles

Official Website

independentshortsawards.com

Contacts

Address: 

Raleigh Studios Hollywood
5300 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, California
90038 United States

Email:
info@independentshortsawards.com

 

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