9th Annual Indie Series Awards Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. What are the key dates to remember?

Early Entry Period Opens: September 1, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Early Entry Period Deadline: September 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Regular Entry Period Opens: October 1, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Regular Entry Period Deadline: November 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST

EXTENDED Entry Period Opens: December 1, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. EST
EXTENDED Entry Deadline: December 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Nomination Announcement: January 31, 2018 at 3 p.m. EST

Annual Nominee Pre-Party: April 3, 2018 (time and location in the Los Angeles area will be announced at a later date)

ISA9 Awards Ceremony: April 4, 2018 at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, California (including Red Carpet Reception and Official After Party).

Q. What are the eligibility requirements?
Any professional, independently produced scripted web series (drama or comedy), non-fiction series, or foreign language series that publicly broadcast at least three original NEW episodes between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017, may be submitted by the series producer for consideration.

Q. What are the categories for nomination?
Submissions will be accepted in the 31 categories below, which include 2 new additions (Best Non-Fiction Series, Best Foreign Language Series).

Best Series (Drama)
Best Series (Comedy)
Best Lead Actor (Drama)
Best Lead Actor (Comedy)
Best Lead Actress (Drama)
Best Lead Actress (Comedy)
Best Supporting Actor (Drama)
Best Supporting Actor (Comedy)
Best Supporting Actress (Drama)
Best Supporting Actress (Comedy)
Best Guest Actor (Drama)
Best Guest Actor (Comedy)
Best Guest Actress (Drama)
Best Guest Actress (Comedy)
Best Ensemble (Drama)
Best Ensemble (Comedy)
Best Directing (Drama)
Best Directing (Comedy)
Best Writing (Drama)
Best Writing (Comedy)
Best Cinematography (All Shows)
Best Soundtrack (All Shows)
Best Original Score (All Shows)
Best Editing (All Shows)
Best Production Design (All Shows)
Best Costume Design (All Shows)
Best Makeup (All Shows)
Best Special/Visual Effects (All Shows)
Best Original Song (All Shows)
Best Non-Fiction Series
Best Foreign Language Series*

* Foreign-language entries must provide accurate, legible English-language subtitles. Series from all countries are eligible for the general comedy and drama categories, as long as they satisfy the requirements of the other applicable rules.

Q.  How do I submit my series?
Fill out all the required fields on the submission form (available September 1, 2017) and click "Submit Your Web Series" when finished. Once we receive the submission form and certify that payment has been received via PayPal, you will receive a confirmation email. 

Q. What fields are required on the submission form?
All fields marked with an asterisk (*) must be filled out in their entirety.
1. Series Information - Web Series Title, Series URL, Series Facebook, Series Twitter, Series Instagram
2. Producer Contact Information - Name of Submitter, Title/Role, Email Address, Phone Number

3-33. You must select a minimum of 5 categories out of the 31 categories available for submission (3-33 on the submission form).  For each category you are submitting your series for, fill in the name of the suggested nominee, the email address of that nominee, and a URL for the episode to be judged. For the acting categories, a single episode OR a 5-10 minute compilation of scenes that aired in 2017 may be submitted for judging.

34. Enter the URL of a high-resolution version of your show's logo.
35. Review your entry, add up the total categories being submitted and tally the submission fee.

Pay the submission fee via PayPal as instructed on the submission form.

Q. What is the deadline for submission?
Early entry ends on September 30, 2017.  The discount price for submitting a series ends on this date (no exceptions).  All entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on December 31, 2017.

Q.  How much is the entry fee?
The Early Entry period runs from September 30, 2017.  The fee is $90 (up to 5 categories, $10 for each additional category).   

The Regular Entry period runs from October 1 to November 30, 2017.  The fee is $110 (up to 5 categories, $15 for each additional category).   

We will have Extended Entry period from December 1-31, 2017, with a fee of $130 per entry (up to 5 categories, $20 for each additional category).  No submissions will be accepted after December 31, 2017.

Note: If you are airing episodes in December, or are not premiering your series until December, you may still submit during the Regular Entry period.  Just add a note that the URL for the episodes to be judged will be provided before December 31.

Q.  How do I pay the submission fee?
Follow the PayPal link on the submission form.  Full payment via PayPal is due when a series is submitted.  Email info@indieseriesawards.com if you have any issues.

Q.  What is the nomination process?
It's a rigorous process. All eligible submitted web series are reviewed and discussed by a nominating committee assembled by the Indie Series Network, the Serial Scoop and We Love Soaps editorial staff, and ISAs production team. They will handpick six nominees for each of the 31 categories.

Q.  Who votes on the winners of the Indie Series Awards after the nominating committee makes their selections?
The final round of judging will be determined by an industry panel of experts including producers, directors and other leaders from the Entertainment community who will review and rank each of the nominees in each category.  Click here for view the final round panel of judges for ISA8.

Q. When will the nominations be announced?
The nominees for the 9th Annual Indie Series Awards will be revealed on January 31, 2018.   Nominations are final and will not be changed once announced.

Q. When and where will the awards show be held? The full-scale, red carpet and awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on April 4, 2018 at The Colony Theatre in Burbank, CA. The annual nominee Pre-Party will be held the night before the ceremony, also in the Los Angeles area.


Q. When do ISA9 tickets go on sale and how much do they cost?
Tickets go on sale to the public in early February. Nominees will have the opportunity to buy tickets at a discounted price a few days earlier.

Q. What is the refund policy for ISA9?
There is a strict NO REFUND policy in place for ISA9.  Please double check your show's eligibility and the number of categories selected to make sure the submission form and payment are accurate.

Q. Whom can I contact regarding press credentials for the ceremony?
Applications for media credentials will be available online beginning in February 2018. 

Q. What if I have a question not answered here?
For any other questions about ISA9, please contact info@indieseriesawards.com.

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