FAQ

2018 Submissions:

1. Our film meets all the criteria, how do we submit our film to the American Independent Film Awards?
A. If your film meets all criteria (see eligibility rules), drop us a line: submissions[at]americanindependentfilmawards.com

2. When can we submit our film to the American Independent Film Awards?
A: Any time between August 1st & December 31st of 2017. Submission form will be made available August 1st, 2017.

3. Our film meets all the criteria, but our release date is not yet public. Can we submit the film for consideration?
A. Yes. Please make a mention of it when you request and fill out our submission form:
submissions[at]americanindependentfilmawards.com

4. Our film is premiering in December, but after the December submission date. Is it still eligible?
A. Indeed it is. Please request and fill out our submission form: submissions[at]americanindependentfilmawards.com

5. Our film premiered on the film festival circuit two, three years ago, but is only being released theatrically this year and/or play DTO, DTR, VOD, SVOD this year, is it eligible?
A. Indeed it is. Please request and fill out our submission form: submissions[at]americanindependentfilmawards.com

6. Our film premiered on the film festival circuit two years ago, but is only being released theatrically in 2017. Can I submit for this year?
A. Your film will only be eligible for 2017. We begin accepting submissions for 2018, on August 1st 2017.

7. I’ve received an official AIFA email detailing my film eligibility, what’s next?
A. Congrats! We believe that your film is eligible for our awards show and we would like to begin the enrollment process.

8. Your definition of independent film is problematic. How did you come up with such nonsense?
A. After having spoken to several folks in the field, we have determined that budgetary concerns and production costs go hand in hand with how we choose to define the terminology.

9. Why is the budget cap at 1.000.000 million?
A. We’ve had an ongoing dialogue with industry folks, and while we do want to be inclusive and all encompassing, we don’t see how film productions over this level fit with our philosophy.

10. Why are there ten film nominations in the Best Feature category?
A. In an effort to best reflect the previous year in American independent film, we feel that the conversation should include a larger number of films thus offering a chance to celebrate a strong diverse field.

11. Why are the acting categories not separated by gender?
A. We want to honor the very best in acting, gender is obsolete when evaluating performance.

12. Why are most of the technical categories limited to three nominations?
A. Our diligent nomination process for technical categories involves a two-tier system. We assign three working industry professionals to evaluate, nominate and honor their peers.

13. I’ve noticed you don’t have a best foreign film category? What’s the deal?
A. Our focus is on American Independent film.

14. I have a short film that I would like to submit for the Hammer to Nail Short Film Award category. How do I submit?
A. Please visit Hammer to Nail’s contest and submit.

15. I have a film that I would like to submit for the NoBudge category. How do I submit?
A. To submit, your film must qualify. A jury makes up the final nominations.

16. I have a short film that I would like to submit for the Best Experimental Film Award category. How do I submit?
A. To submit, your film must qualify. A jury makes up the final nominations. We are opening this for our 2018 gala.

17. Why don’t the American Independent Film Awards have a best documentary film category?
A. Because the Cinema Eye Honors celebrate documentary films better than anyone in the field. Visit them.

18. Are animation films eligible for the American Independent Film Awards?
A. Yes.

19. My film or I received a nomination, what’s next?
A. Congratulations! We will contact you/members of your team.

20. Who can vote for the awards?
A. The voting is conducted by industry professionals selected by our committee. Here are the prerequisites.

21. Our film has been nominated, we’d love to include AIFA logo and laurels in our marketing materials. Do you have image files for us to use?
A. Yes. Visit our press section.

22. I would like to attend the awards ceremony. Where can I get tickets?
A. Please sign up on our twitter, Facebook page or RSS feed for further updates as we build towards year 2.

23. I’m a publicist for a film that has been nominated. How do I obtain credentials?
A. Submit your request to press[at]americanindependentfilmawards.com

24. I’m going to the awards show. Will this be a black-tie event? What is the attire protocol?
A. Park City or Croisette, celebrate in how you feel comfortable.

25. How do I obtain red carpet credentials?
A. Contact our press department. press[at]americanindependentfilmawards.com

26. I’m a member of the press. How do I obtain award show credentials?
A. We have a limited of spaces available. Please submit your request at press[at]americanindependentfilmawards.com

27. When do the nominations get announced?
A. Nominations will be announced in January. Please sign up on our twitter, Facebook page or RSS feed for further updates.

28. How are the awards tabulated?
A. Depending on the award category, we have different process to determine the winner.

29. What films were officially considered for the nominations process?
A. All films considered for nominations will be viewable on one page. Please visit back in August.

30. I’m among the Group I voting members. Must I see all the films in the final nominations process?
A. In a perfect world you see as many films as possible.

31. I’m a Group I voting member, I haven’t seen all the nominations in one category. Can I still vote?
A. Yes. There should not be that much more homework left to do.

32. I’ve been selected as a Group II voting member. How do I see the nominated films?
A. You’ll be contacted by our voting committee department.

33. How are the winners selected?
A. Once the nominations have been selected, voting committee members fill out a private ballot and then we tabulate the results.

34. How many voting members are there?
A. Approximately 200 voting members make up Group I. Group II consists of teams of three professional peers per category.

35. Our film has won an award, we’d love to include the AIFA logo and laurels in our marketing materials. Do you have gif files for us to use?
A. Congratulations! Visit our our logos page link.