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IMDb Award Listing Qualifier's Independent Shorts Awards is a monthly international film competition, with monthly live screenings and an annual major awards event at Raleigh Studios Hollywood.
Submissions are accepted exclusively through FilmFreeway.
5300 Melrose Ave Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA
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MDb qualifier’s Independent Shorts Awards (ISA) is an international film festival, with monthly live screenings and an annual live screening and awards event in Hollywood, CA.
Each season, 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 be screened at ISA annual event. Some of them are invited to be screened at the monthly events.
Award-winning films are also invited to join ISA TV channel.
Submissions are accepted 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.
About the nominations for the 2020 Annual Awards Based on the highest rates, only the pools of Platinum and Gold Awards from all of the 12 monthly rounds (April 2019-March 2020) are eligible for the nominations for the 2020 annual awards. Still, our judges' committee can decide to nominate other award-winning projects. More information regarding annual awards will be disclosed at a convenient time. About the monthly live screenings at Raleigh Studios Hollywood Some of the award-winning films are screened at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA, and their crews invited to attend and participate in a public Q&A at the end of each round.
IPitch reward & free waivers 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.
ISA TV channel
Finally, the most competitive films will be invited to join our exclusive streaming TV channel at https://xerb.tv/channel/isa with the payment of shared revenue.
ISA Official Trophy All award winners (from Honorable Mentions to Platinum) can order the ISA official trophy, an exclusive piece of art constructed from pure optical crystal (https://independentshortsawards.com/independent-shorts-awards-official-trophy/)
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.
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 LGBT Short Best Women Short Best Web Series/TV Pilot Best Web and New Media Best Mobile Short Best Drone Short Best First Time Director Best Young Filmmaker Best Director (Male) Best Director (Female) Best Student Director Best Acting Ensemble Best Acting Duo Best Actor Best 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 & Terms
The films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English).
By submitting your film, you agree that:
Independent Shorts Awards does not accept the following:
All genres are accepted with a maximum length of 55 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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