11th Annual Indie Series Awards Official Rules & Regulations

The 11th Annual Indie Series Awards ceremony will be held on April 1, 2020. Submissions open on September 1, 2019.


Rules & Regulations


These are the official rules and regulations for the 2020 Indie Series Awards.  The 2020 (11th Annual) Indie Series Awards will be held on April 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.  
Please read the rules and regulations in their entirety prior to filling out the submission form.
If you need clarity on any of the rules and regulations, please email info@indieseriesawards.com prior to submitting. We have a strict “No Refund” policy in place.  Final interpretation of all rules and regulations and eligibility of submissions shall be made by the Producers of the Indie Series Awards.


Early Entry Period Opens: September 1, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. EDT
Early Entry Period Deadline: September 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EDT

Regular Entry Period Opens: October 1, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. EDT
Regular Entry Period Deadline: November 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST

EXTENDED Entry Period Opens: December 1, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. EST
EXTENDED Entry Deadline: December 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Sunday, September 1, 2019 Early Entry Period Opens

Monday, September 30, 2019 Early Entry Period Closes

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 Regular Entry Period Opens

Saturday, November 30, 2019 Regular Entry Period Closes

Sunday, December 1, 2019 Extended Entry Period Opens

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 Extended Entry Period Closes

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Nomination Announcement

Monday, February 3, 2020 Nominee Discount Ticketing Opens

Sunday, February 16, 2020 Nominee Discount Ticketing Closes

Monday, February 17, 2020 Tickets On Sale to the Public

Monday, February 17, 2020 Media Credential Applications Available

Monday, February 24, 2020 Deadline for Nominee Clips

Friday, March 6, 2020 Deadline for Program Book Ad

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Annual Nominee Pre-Party

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 ISA11 Awards Ceremony including Red  Carpet Reception & Official After Party


1. Any professional, independently produced scripted digital series (drama or comedy) that publicly broadcast at least three original NEW episodes between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 may be submitted by the series producer for consideration. If the series is NOT submitted by the producer, a cast or crew member may submit themselves for nomination consideration.  The submission cost is the same as listed below and may not be combined with other single entries. Only show producers are eligible to submit multiple categories.  Duplicate submissions will be disqualified and no refund will be issued.

2.  Submissions will be accepted in the 28 categories below.

Best Drama Series 
Best Comedy Series 
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 Original Song (All Shows)

Early Entry period runs from September 1 to September 30, 2019.  The fee is $125 (up to 5 categories, $10 for each additional category).   

Regular Entry period runs from October 1 to November 30, 2019.  The fee is $150 (up to 5 categories, $15 for each additional category).   

Extended Entry period from December 1-31, 2019, with a fee of $195 per entry (up to 5 categories, $20 for each additional category).  No submissions will be accepted after December 31, 2019.

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.


Fill out all the required fields on the submission form (available September 1, 2019) and click "Submit Your Series" when finished. Once we receive the submission form and certify that payment has been received via PayPal, you will receive a confirmation email. 

1. Series Information - Web Series Title, Series URL, Broadcast Platform, Series Facebook, Series Twitter

2. Producer Contact Information - Name of Submitter, Title/Role, Email Address, Phone Number

3. Individual Submission (only allowed if producer is not submitting series for consideration)

4-31. You must select a minimum of 5 categories out of the 28 categories available for submission.  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. 

NOTE: Acting categories can either be one eligible 2019 episode, or an actor compilation reel of up to 10 minutes from eligible episodes released in 2019.

NOTE: If submitting a single category as a cast/crew member, please put the contact name of the submitter (yourself), broadcast platform and select the one eligible category, nominee name and the URL for the episode to be judged then pay the submission fee. As noted above, acting categories can either be one eligible 2019 episode, or an actor compilation reel of up to 10 minutes from eligible episodes released in 2019.  

32. Enter the URL of a high-resolution version of your show's logo.

33. Review your entry, add up the total categories being submitted and tally the submission fee.

34. How did you hear about the Indie Series Awards?

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

Should you receive a nomination (or multiple nominations) for the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards, the primary contact for the series (or the submitter if it was a single category submission) is responsible for supplying all required materials to the Indie Series Awards NO LATER than Monday, February 25, 2019.  Instructions will be sent, via email, following the nomination announcement.  


All eligible submissions 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 30 categories.

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 to find out more about the Indie Series Awards voting process.

Click here to view the final round panel of judges for ISA10.

All decisions are final.

For any other questions about ISA11, please contact info@indieseriesawards.com.

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