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Next Generation Indie Film Awards is a not-for-profit awards program for short films, devoted to supporting filmmakers around the globe by recognizing excellence in filmmaking. Next Generation Indie Film Awards was started by award-winning film producers and the founders of Next Generation Indie Book Awards – the largest international awards program for independent authors and publishers. The team includes Academy Award and Emmy Winning filmmakers, as well as film industry leaders from around the globe.

The Winner of the Best Short Film category at the 2021 Awards Gala will receive a Prize Package containing over $125,000 worth of credits towards film services and rentals aimed to help the winning filmmaker make a passion project in Los Angeles, California.

Next Generation Indie Film Awards supports filmmakers through its annual awards and other programs. We endeavor to assist filmmakers at any stage of the filmmaking process in reaching an audience, and we aim to advance filmmakers’ careers through services, education, and resources. Our organization has provided financial backing for more than 50 independent short film projects.

Awards & Prizes

1. GRAND PRIZE VALUED AT OVER $125,000. Next Generation Indie Film Awards has partnered with film industry leaders to put together a Prize Package for the Winner of the "Best Short Film" category. The Prize Package contains over $125,000 worth of credits towards film services and rentals aimed to help the winning filmmaker make a passion project in Los Angeles, California. The package includes: professional studio spaces and stages in Los Angeles, equipment (grip, electric, rigging), camera and lenses, post production (editorial, sound mixing, color grading, digital final mastering), a private film screening, an all-inclusive daylong drone shoot, and more.

2. INDUSTRY AWARDS GALA AT LOEWS HOTEL IN HOLLYWOOD, CA. Winners and finalists are invited to attend the Next Generation Indie Film Awards annual gala at Loews Hotel in Hollywood, California. Loews adjoins the Dolby Theatre, where the Academy Awards are held, and is adjacent to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Next Generation Indie Film Awards gala is held in Preston’s Room, supplying breathtaking views of the Hollywood Hills and famous landmarks including the Hollywood Sign and Capitol Records Building.

3. LAURELS. All award winners and finalists are provided with a laurel which may be used for their own marketing and promotional materials.

4. GOLD STATUETTE. In addition to industry recognition and rights to use the prestigious Next Generation Indie Film Awards laurel, winners also receive a gold statuette to commemorate their outstanding achievement in their respective independent short filmmaking category.

Next Generation Indie Film Awards is proud to partner with industry-leading companies, including: Quixote Studios, Final Draft, Drone Dudes, Keslow Camera, InkTip, Santa Monica College, Loews Hotel, Pollution Studios, Sugar Studios LA, Rocket Panda Post, Westside Production Rentals, Hot Bricks, heywhatsyourface, inc., Birns & Sawyer, Audio Department LLC, West One Music Group and more.

Rules & Terms

The 2021 Next Generation Indie Film Awards is open to all independent short films that meet the following criteria:

- Total runtime may be no more than 40 minutes 
- The film was produced in 2016 or later 
- The film has not already won or placed as a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Film Awards

By submitting your film, you agree:

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

The Secrets of Successful Scriptwriters in Hollywood

30-Year Industry Veteran, Jeff Kitchen, Explains the Art, Craft, and Business of Bankable Scriptwriting     By Vic Gerami Alfred Hitchcock said, “To make a great film you need three things—the script, the script and the script.” But to craft the blueprint for a movie, TV show, or stage play is much harder than most people think. More special effects, gunplay, car chases, or laughs can enhance a good script, but by themselves they’re nothing. A script...

LA Crime and Horror Film Festival

The 6th season of the Los Angeles Crime & Horror Film Festivals, scheduled to take place in the heart of Hollywood in May 2021, is now accepting submissions of feature films and short films in the many crime and horror subgenres. From zombies and demons to mobsters and murderers, the crime and horror genres have captured the cinematic experience since the invention of film. Today, they remain some of the most memorable stories in independent film. The LA Crime and Horror Film Festival has ...

The Problem with AI: IT Needs a Spanking, from Hollywood & All

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent This Coronaviral envrinoment has upped the bar for distance or remote learning, which - while enforced by lockdown - might not be a bad thing. So, while your coffee pot is pinging you from the cloud, as part of the IoT (Internet of Things) it might be a time to brush up on some history, hysteria, and hype that is Artificial Intellgence (AI) or "machines who think," lolz. Op-Ed by The Screenmancer Consider this our Jerry Maguire writi...

Amazing Stories Told by Music from Eiko Jin

  With decades of music training background, Eiko Jin started her music journey as an opera singer and eventually landed in the composer field to where she found her true passion. It was not common to see someone redirect her career track after somehow settled, "but the calling from film music was too strong," Eiko said, "I have to respond."   As the composer of three international film events, Eiko uses her music to connect all the cul...

Updated Dates for 2020 UMFF (5.29-5.31)

According to the recent status of the global coronavirus crisis, the committee of Universe Multicultural Film Festival has to make this tough decision to announce that the 2020 Universe Multicultural Film Festival has to postpone the series of events dates for a better consideration for filmmakers worldwide. Due to the latest event schedule, the submission deadline of 2020 UMFF would be extended to April 30th (, and the n...

LA Femme International Film Festival-Call for Entries 2020

  Link to submit go to submission site: About US:    A Femme International Film Festival is a premier festival that focuses on platforming women filmmakers “by women, for everyone”. Our Festival was created in 2005, when it became apparent that there was a need to enhance women behind the camera as Directors, Producers, and Writers. We were the first in Los Ange...

Top 10 Ways to Get Yourself Booked on TV Shows, in Movies, Really

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent How did this idea come about, you may wonder? Let’s just say there’s a perfect voice down in Florida that recently piped up in a tone so unique, we just had to find someplace for this talent to land. That said, Amy Baczkowski, an Unscripted Concept Developer, Producer & Booker, based in NYC was willing to help with this challenge to come up with 10 ways to book yourself. Most recently, as of yesterday, Baczkowski was booking for...

Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival

With each season culminating in events with screenings in the heart of Hollywood, the HIDFF embraces diversity of gender and cultural perspectives around the world, and celebrates our differences to promote understanding and empathy through independent film.


Call for entries: Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival

The Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival is an inclusive event celebrating diversity in independent film, spotlighting stories of women and the many different cultures around the world. The values of Southern California reflect the diversity of gender, gender identity, and the many different cultures that reside within our region. And independent film has been the driver of change in the Hollywood mainstream, at times influencing and re-shaping the norms of studio and network content...

Judy, Judy, Judy: Comedian Judy Jean Kwon’s 7 Steps to Being Woke

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent One good thing about asking blunt instrument questions is getting surgical replies: meet Judy Jean Kwon known for MILFriend. More about that show later. Meanwhile, the following interview is so good for you that the Surgeon General has listed it for required reading. Okay, that’s fake news, but what’s real news is that this look-back inside Old Hollywood from new Hollywood is important, even if seems more like an editorial bitch-sla...


**2019 London Independent Film Awards – WINNER – Best Feature Film** **2018 Jersey Shore Film Festival – WINNER – Best Suspense Thriller, Best Actress** **2017 Atlantic City Cinefest – WINNER – Best Feature, Best Cinematography, Best Actor**   Viva Pictures will release the upcoming horror film THE SAMARITANS On Digital and On Demand on April 16, 2019. Watch the Official Trailer: THE SAMAR...

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Hollyweed Film Festival- Get's LIT with Tommy Chong

Wait, what’s this, the Grand Prize at the Hollyweed Film Festival will be a cannibus tour where you get to smoke one with the World Famous Actor, Director, Filmmaker Tommy Chong, of Cheech & Chong fame. Before “Up in Smoke” the genre Stoner Movie did not exist and it still ranks as one of the highest grossing “Stoner” movies of all time. The festival is open to all genres however films that go against the norm have a special place here. In the same way th...

Get UR Film LIT & Smoke a Doobie with TOMMY CHONG

The HOLLYWEED FILM FESTIVAL is an Online & Theatrical Festival that will be seen by Industry Professionals. It's the brainchild of Keith Kurlander and Dennis Woodruff who have collaborated on numerous out the box indie movies. If you have a movie, short film, experimental film or animation that needs to get professional eyes on it, This is the Place. The online festival showing either your whole movie or trailer is now open and will run until our showing at The Complex in Hol...


Did you know that in 2017, after marijuana was legalized in California, an artist/prankster climbed up to the sign, at night, in the rain and altered the world famous sign from Hollywood to Hollyweed, thus causing an international news story and creating a psychological disruption for the business as usual residents of Los Angeles. We aim to disrupt business as usual with the Hollyweed Film Festival. You know the drill, submit your film, pay the fee and never hear back from whatever festival you...

The Hollyweed Film Festival - Call for Entries

Are you tired of spending your hard earned money submitting to multiple festivals only to be rejected, time and time again? The HOLLYWEED FILM FESTIVAL is an online and brick and mortar festival that offers exposure to ALL it's entries. It's the brainchild of Keith Kurlander and Dennis Woodruff who have collaborated on numerous out the box indie movies. If you have a movie, short film, experimental film or animation that needs to get industry eyes on it this is the place.&...


Do you have a film about Tiananmen Square protests? Freedom in America?  About Iran?  About Russia? About the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong or Josua Wong? About Africa?  A history documentary?

Submit your film about freedom and win an award or even a cash prize!

Our festival goal is to recognize films that tell stories of freedom. Stories of courage, success against abuse of power, tales of freedom losses, ideas to solve loss of cultures, freedoms.

Tell us the stories of history and freedom's role and benefits. Tell us the falsehoods and irony and shameless abuse of freedom, democracy.

Share your ideas and art. Make us think. Make us cheer. Let's build an army of minds and hearts to protect freedom.

Submit your film here at Film Freeway starting August 1 2018. 

Our event is 7 pm December 14th 2018.

New Hollywood Festival - World Freedom is focus

Please do what you can to promote freedom in this troubled world!  We are holding our first film festival in the heart of west Hollywood, CA.  submit your film. Tell us your stories.  Fight for freedom everywhere. ...

Final Deadline July 30th 2018 for 4th Annual Web Series Festival Global

Final Chance to enter!!! 4th Annual Web Series Festival Global   From the heart of Hollywood - August 8th 2018 $5000.00 in Awards Final Deadline July 30th 2018 Submit today! Save - use code WSFG when you submit through our website.   Every Web Series entry Considered for Grand Prize or Category Winner Receives a Digital subscription to Videomaker Is considered for Distribution   Category Awards include but are not limited to the...

14th Annual South African HORRORFEST Film Festival

Greetings from Cape Town! Feature- & short film submissions are now open for the 2018 South African Horrorfest (This 14th edition will run over Halloween season, as each previous year)  Enter via these three respected submission services, including: Click For Festivals - FestHome - Film Festival Life - [ All these options and submissions on...

Michael Douglas Got Booted & Suited Up for TCM 2017, Like You Were There

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent While he has nothing on the elder Douglas, Golden Era Legend Kirk Douglas at almost 101 years old, TCM celebrated the life and career of Hollywood youngster Michael Douglas during a taping of "Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival" on April 8 at the famous Montalban Theatre during the eighth annual festival. Host Ben Mankiewicz said beforehand, “Michael Douglas has been part of our collective Hollywood consciousness his enti...

"The Evangelist" Is Set To Make it's Mark May 9th 2017

  THE EVANGELIST TO BE RELEASED MAY 9th 2017! YOUR SINS ARE NOT FORGIVEN...     ITN Distribution has acquired the rights to worldwide distribution for the highly anticipated horror / psychological thriller "The Evangelist" with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and eOne Entertainment releasing the film in the US & Canada.   On May 9th 2017 Enter the sadistic world of The Evangelist,...

Robert Osborne: Keeper of OSCAR's Secrets Gone Now

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Today, a familiar face left the Hollywood landscape as TCM host Robert Osborne, 84, died on Monday Mar.6, 2017. But he was much more than just another talking head about movies and movie stars. Osborne came to Tinsel Town from “off the farm,” as he recounted when we spoke about the Oscars history in 2011. Instead of penning a typical tribute, here’s a real inside look back at a man whose work in show business lives on. Ironical...


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