8th Annual Indie Series Awards Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the key dates to remember?

Early Entry Period Opens: September 16, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Early Entry Period Deadline: September 30, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Regular Entry Period Opens: October 1, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. EST
Regular Entry Period Deadline: November 30, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST
EXTENDED Entry Period Opens: December 1, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. EST
EXTENDED Entry Deadline: December 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Nomination Announcement: February 3, 2017 at 3 p.m. EST
Annual Nominee Pre-Party: April 4, 2017 (time and location TBD)
ISA8 Awards Ceremony: April 5, 2017 at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.

Q. What are the eligibility requirements?
Any professional, independently produced scripted web series (drama or comedy) that publicly broadcast at least three original NEW episodes between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 may be submitted by the series producer for consideration.

Q. What are the categories for nomination?
Submissions will be accepted in the following 29 categories:

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)

Q.  How do I submit my series?
Fill out all the required fields on the submission form (available September 16, 2016) 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
2. Producer Contact Information - Name of Submitter, Title/Role, Email Address, Phone Number

3-32. You must select a minimum of 5 categories out of the 29 categories available for submission (3-31 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.

33. Enter the URL of a high-resolution version of your show's logo.
34. 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, 2016.  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, 2016.

Q.  How much is the entry fee?
The Early Entry period was open from September 16 to September 30, 2016.  

The Regular Entry period runs from October 1 to November 30, 2016.  The fee is $110 (up to 5 categories, $15 for each additional category).   

We will have Extended Entry period from December 1-31, 2016, with a fee of $130 per entry (up to 5 categories, $20 for each additional category).  No submissions will be accepted after December 31, 2016.

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 the Indie Series Network, and the Serial Scoop and We Love Soaps internal editorial and production team. They will handpick six nominees for each of the 29 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.

Q. When will the nominations be announced?
The nominees for ISA8 will be revealed on February 1, 2017.   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 5, 2017 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 ISA8 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 ISA8?
There is a strict NO REFUND policy in place for ISA8.  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 2017. 

Q. What if I have a question not answered here?
For any other questions about ISA8, please contact info@indieseriesawards.com.

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