Independent Film Award | 2020


The IFA has two categories of recognition: 

  • Official Selection. Recipients will be notified on the judging deadline date and emailed laurels.

  • Nomination. These are the shortlisted runners up. Recipients will be notified on the judging deadline. Laurels will be emailed and your film will be displayed on our website and social media.

The judges will select the best films to be screened in London for the following categories:


Best Picture 
Best Short Film 
Best Action 
Best Comedy 
Best Drama 
Best Thriller 
Best Animation 
Best Feature Documentary 
Best Short Documentary 
Best Foreign Film 
Best Music Video 
Best Screenplay 
Best Trailer 
Best British Film 
Best Humanitarian Documentary 

Additional Categories: 
Best Director 
Best Producer 
Best Cinematographer 
Best Screenwriter 
Audience Award 

1. Films eligible for Official Selection will be announced on the judging deadline and those who are Nominations will be announced two days later. Winners will be announced at the festival.
2. All winners will be contacted and receive Winner Laurels and Award Certificates. All Official Selections and Nominations will receive laurels. Nominations will also be listed on our website and social media. 
3. All foreign submissions must be subtitled in English.
4. Online screeners, and posters are mandatory and must be uploaded to FilmFreeway’s site. Digital file only.
5. All films must have been made in or after 2010.
6. By submitting your film to our festival you agree that your produced work can be uploaded/embedded on our website and social media pages (trailer is also fine if you don’t want to screen your film). The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing. By submitting, the filmmaker allows us to advertise for them without infringing copyright of any kind of form and list them on social media platforms as well as our website.
7. The entry fee is not refundable.
8. Rules and terms and conditions are subject to change at the discretion of the Independent Film Awards.
9. By submitting you agree to our terms and conditions and give us permission to use your email address for marketing purposes. Your information will never be shared with 3rd parties.