Every year the NYC Independent Film Festival awards the best indie films. Our goal is to recognize the best filmmakers, their cast and crew. The festival values creativity and talent in addition to great execution, even with the tightest budgets.

Thanks to our sponsors and partners we can also offer prizes to winners, to encourage them keeping the great work.

Sponsors of the 2017 Awards

2017

Best Director

Sebastian Savin, Entropic
Won $1,000 Cash Award
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)

Best Cinematography

Tyler Harmon-Townsend, Saturday Night Special
Won SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Panasonic VeriCam 35 two-week free rental provided by Talamas Rentals (9,000 USD value) (shooting in USA only)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)

Best Short Screenplay

"Dolphin Girl" by Tanya Carleton Lovrics
ISA Story Award presented by the International Screenwriters Association, including a yearlong CONNECT membership and Crystal Award
Free listing on InkTip
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)

Best Narrative Feature

Burning Hope, by Lotfi Achour
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)

Best Documentary

#MyEscape, by Elke Sasse
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)

Best Animation

The Wishgranter, by Kal Athannassov
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)

Best Short Documentary

Kayayo, The Living Shopping Baskets, by Mari Bakke Riise
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)

ShortsTV Best Short Film

Saturday Night Special, by: Esteban Garcia Vernaza
Won a distribution deal with ShortsTV
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)

ShortsTV Best Super Short Film

Backstory, by: Joschka Laukeninks
Won a distribution deal with ShortsTV
$1,000 Cash Award
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)

The iActing Award for Best Actor

Khadim Diop, Saturday Night Special
Won an unlimited annual subscription for full access to iActing Studios online classes (799 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)

The iActing Award for Best Actress

Abril Cira, Day Six (Dia Seis)
Won an unlimited annual subscription for full access to iActing Studios online classes (799 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)

Best Music Video

Fade, by: Ainhoa Rodriguez Lopez
Won SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)

Best Short Sketch Comedy Video

Coffee Break, by Jason Ortiz
$200 Cash Award
SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)

Best Art/Experimental Film

2.57K, by: Eva Colmers
Won SONY Catalyst Production Suite (200 USD value)
Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 USD value)

Best Virtual Reality Video

The Parksville Murders, Episode 1, by: Cari Ann Shim Sham
Won Film Budgeteers basic online film budget program (97 value)

2016

Best Director

Joey Lawrence, People of the Delta
Won Sony Vegas Pro 13 (599.95 USD value)
$1,000 cash prize, provided by Cieri Media
Free online class of choice on GetFilming.com

Best Cinematography

Sean Stiegemeir, People of the Delta
Won Sony Vegas Pro 13 (599.95 USD value)
Free online class of choice on GetFilming.com

Best Short Screenplay

MR. SAM, by John "Zeus" Kontoyannis
Won Sony Vegas Pro 13 (599.95 USD value)
Free online class of choice on GetFilming.com
Final Draft 9 digital screenwriting software (250.00 USD value)
$1,000 cash prize, provided by Cieri Media
Script listings on InkTip

Best Narrative Feature

Mile End, by Graham Higgins
Won Sony Vegas Pro 13 Suite (799.95 USD value)
Free online class of choice on GetFilming.com

Best Documentary

Waiting, by Cristian Piazza
Won Sony Vegas Pro 13 Suite (799.95 USD value)
Free online class of choice on GetFilming.com

Best Animation

Taichi Mice: Entrance Exam, by Boqung Tang
Won Sony Vegas Pro 13 (599.95 USD value)
Free online class of choice on GetFilming.com

Best Short Documetnary

Jihad: A Story of the Others, by Deeyah Khan
Won Sony Vegas Pro 13 (599.95 USD value)
Free online class of choice on GetFilming.com

Best Short Film

People of the Delta, by Joey Lawrence
Won Sony Vegas Pro 13 (599.95 USD value)
Free online class of choice on GetFilming.com

Best Super Short Film

Hello Charles, by Hamish Grieve
Won Sony Vegas Pro 13 (599.95 USD value)
Free online class of choice on GetFilming.com

Best Music Video

Human Cannonball, by Austin Elston
Won Sony Vegas Pro 13 (599.95 USD value)
Free online class of choice on GetFilming.com

Best Actor

Esteban, from Denis and the Zombies
Won a Unlimited Annual Subscription for full access to iActing Studios online classes (799.00 USD value)
Free online class of choice on GetFilming.com

Best Actress

Jen Tullock, from Partners
Won a Unlimited Annual Subscription for full access to iActing Studios online classes (799.00 USD value)
Free online class of choice on GetFilming.com

Best Art/Experimental Film

Time, by Floria Sigismondi
Won Sony Vegas Pro 13 (599.95 USD value)
Free online class of choice on GetFilming.com

Best Short Comedy Sketch

Kinder: Tinder for Kids, by: Jeff Ayars
Won Sony Vegas Pro 13 (599.95 USD value)
Free online class of choice on GetFilming.com

2015 Winners

Best Super Short Film

"1500 Words", by Andrew Chaplin
Won a Sony Vegas Pro 13 Suite (799.95 USD value)

The ShortsHD Award for Best Short Film

"Stunned", by Gérard Pautonnier
Won a Sony Vegas Pro 13 Suite (799.95 USD value)

The ShortsHD Award for Best Short Documentary

"Women of 69: Unboxed", by Peter Barton
Won a Sony Vegas Pro 13 Suite (799.95 USD value)

Best Animation

"My Kingdom", by Debra Solomon
Won a Sony Vegas Pro 13 Suite (799.95 USD value)

Best Music Video?

"Intergalactic Zombie Hunter", by Jeremiah Kaufman
Won a Sony Vegas Pro 13 Suite (799.95 USD value)

Best Documentary

"Dream On", by Roger Weisberg
Won a Sony Vegas Pro 13 Suite (799.95 USD value)

Best Narrtive Feature

"Keep in Touch", by Sam Kretchmar
Won a Sony Vegas Pro 13 Suite (799.95 USD value)

The Tell Foundation Award for Best Debut Performance

Gaëlle Gillis, from "46, XX"

The iActing Award for Best Actor

Borja Espinosa, from "The Long Way Home"
Won a Unlimited Annual Subscription for full access to iActing Studios online classes (799.00 USD value)

The iActing Award for Best Actress

Camille Keenan, from "Sunday"
Won a Unlimited Annual Subscription for full access to iActing Studios online classes (799.00 USD value)

The Panavision Award for Best Short Screenplay

"True Blue", by Phil Yuhas
Won a 7,500 USD camera rental package, provided by PANAVISION and a Sony Vegas Pro 13 Suite (799.95 USD value)

The Panavision Award for Best Cinematography

"Wildlike", by Frank Hall Green
Won a 7,500 USD camera rental package, provided by PANAVISION and a Sony Vegas Pro 13 Suite (799.95 USD value)

The Panavision Award for Best Director

Marc Fouchard from "The way of Tea"
Won a 7,500 USD camera rental package, provided by PANAVISION and a Sony Vegas Pro 13 Suite (799.95 USD value)

2014 Winners

Best Director

'Jane Cantillon' for 'THE OTHER SIDE, A QUEER HISTORY'S LAST CALL'
Won a Panavision camera package (rental value of $15,000)

Best Actor

'Neal Bledsoe' for 'West End'
Won $1,000 cash prize, provided by DARK HORSE WINE

Best Actress

'Anastassia Sendyk' for 'The Frontier'
Won $1,000 cash prize, provided by DARK HORSE WINE

Best Narrative Feature

'West End' directed by 'Joe Basile'
Won $1,000 cash prize, provided by CIERI MEDIA

Best Documentary

'STATE OF PLAY' directed by 'Steven Dhoedt'
Won a SONY Vegas Pro (retail value $ 599.00)

Best Animation

'Sausage' directed by 'Robert Grieves'
Won a $500 cash prize, provided by CIERI MEDIA

Best Short Documentary

'My Friend Ed' directed by 'Sharon Baker'
Won a $500 cash prize, provided by CIERI MEDIA

Best Short Film

'Shimmer' by 'Ko-Min Lin'
Won a SONY Vegas Pro (retail value $ 599.00)

Best Super Short Film

'Shift' directed by Del Mak and Patrick Ryder
Won a SONY Vegas Pro (retail value $ 599.00)

Best Music Video

'Ghost of a Smile' by 'Peder'
Won a $500 cash prize, provided by CIERI

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