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FILM PRIZES

Prizes will be given out to feature films, episodics, and short films in various categories. 

U.S. GRAND JURY PRIZES

The ranking award is the Grand Jury Prize, which recognizes a film in both the U.S. Dramatic and U.S. Documentary Competitions as the best from the independent film community this year.

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U.S. NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM GRAND PRIZE

$75,000

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U.S. DOCUMENTARY FILM
GRAND PRIZE

$20,000

WORLD CINEMA GRAND JURY PRIZES

The highest award for international films, the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize recognizes the best dramatic and documentary work in international independent filmmaking this year.

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INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM GRAND PRIZE

$40,000

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INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM
GRAND PRIZE

$12,500

EPISODIC CONTENT GRAND PRIZE

The highest award for U.S. and International episodic content, the Episodic Content Grand Prize recognizes the narrative work in domestic and international independent filmmaking this year.

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U.S. NARRATIVE EPISODIC GRAND PRIZE

$22,500

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INTERNATIONAL NARRATIVE EPISODIC GRAND PRIZE

$17,000

SHORT FILM AWARDS 

 Award for U.S. and International short films focused on categories of fiction, nonfiction and animation, Short Film Prizes recognizes the narrative and nonfiction work in domestic and international independent filmmaking this year.

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SHORT FILM GRAND PRIZE

$12,500

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SHORT FILM AWARD:
U.S. FICTION

$5,000

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SHORT FILM AWARD: INTERNATIONAL FICTION

$5,000

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SHORT FILM AWARD: 
NONFICTION

$4,000

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SHORT FILM AWARD:
ANIMATION

$4,000

FLASH FROM THE PAST FEATURE FILM 

This award will be given to any indie film that had a final max budget of $200K USD or less and did not secure major distribution through a sales agent or distributor*. Film must have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2010, and no later than December 31, 2021. This award will be True indie filmmakers that created exceptional quality projects without a significant budget.

*Self-distribution of film and releasing through an aggregator meets eligibility criteria.

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FLASH FROM THE PAST GRAND PRIZE

$10,000.00

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FLASH FROM THE PAST RUNNER UP

$5,000.00

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FLASH FROM THE PAST
(3) FINALISTS

Each finalist will receive

$1,500.00

FLASH FROM THE PAST SHORT FILM 

This award will be given to any indie short film that was completed no earlier than January 1, 2000, and no later than December 31, 2021 for under $100K. This award will be True indie filmmakers that created exceptional quality projects without a significant budget.

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FLASH FROM THE PAST SHORT FILM GRAND PRIZE

$5,000.00

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FLASH FROM THE PAST SHORT FILM RUNNER UP

$2,500.00

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FLASH FROM THE PAST SHORT FILM
(3) FINALISTS

Each finalist will receive

$1,000.00

BIPOC AWARD

Black, Indigenous, People of Color film award is dedicated to individuals of color who showcase exceptional talent in narrative and documentary film making.

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BIPOC GRAND
PRIZE

$10,000

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BIPOC RUNNER UP
PRIZE

$5,000

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BIPOC (2) FINALISTS
PRIZE

Each finalist will receive

$1,500

BEST WOMAN FILMMAKER AWARD

The "Best Woman Filmmaker Award" recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievement in filmmaking by a female director and/or writer, honoring her talent, creativity, and contributions to the world of cinema.

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BEST WOMAN
FILMMAKER
PRIZE

$15,000

YOUNG TALENT AWARD

This award recognizes the most innovative and forward-thinking film by young filmmakers ages 17 - 22. 

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YOUNG TALENT
FEATURE FILM
PRIZE

$7,500

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YOUNG TALENT 
SHORT FILM
PRIZE

$2,500

MICRO BUDGET AWARD

Award to be presented to the best Micro-Budget film. Budget cannot surpass $100,000.00.

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BEST MICRO BUDGET
GRAND PRIZE

$4,000

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MICRO BUDGET
RUNNER UP AWARD

$1,000

SPECIAL JURY AWARD

Jurors will give a few Special Jury Prizes recognizing excellence in the craft of filmmaking. These prizes are chosen by their respective jury members as they deem appropriate.

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(2) SPECIAL JURY AWARD

$1,000

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SPECIAL JURY AWARD:
HONORABLE MENTION

Each finalist will receive

$500

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Audience Awards are chosen by Festivalgoers themselves through ballots cast at the theaters after screenings. Audience Awards are presented to films in the Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition, and Young Talent.

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(5) AUDIENCE AWARDS

Each finalist will receive

$1,500

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