ISA12 Rules and Submission Guide

Download the 12th Annual Indie Series Awards Rules and Submission Guide here.

12th Annual Indie Series Awards Rules and Submission Guide

Any professional, independently (non-studio) produced scripted series (drama, comedy or audio fiction) that publicly broadcast at least three original NEW episodes between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 may be submitted by the series producer for consideration. There is a two year eligibility period due to COVID-19. The producer must first select and complete a MANDATORY MAIN CATEGORY submission (Best Drama Series, Best Comedy Series, Best Audio Fiction Series or ISA12 Spotlight Award) then create additional submissions for ADD-ON categories (see submission instructions).

If the series is NOT submitted by the producer, a cast member may submit themselves for nomination consideration. Only show producers are eligible to submit multiple categories. Duplicate submissions will be disqualified and no refund will be issued.

Acting category submissions MUST be a compilation reel of under 10 minutes highlighting the actor being submitted. NO EXCEPTIONS! Excludes the Ensemble categories.

If submitting for Best Original Song, please include the time code when the song appears in the video and include a link to the full song on a music platform or YouTube (if available).

Should you receive a nomination (or multiple nominations) for the 12th 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 21, 2022. Instructions will be sent, via email, following the nomination announcement and will be strictly enforced. Nominees that fail to supply required materials within the requested timeframe are subject to possible disqualification.

If you are the series producer and are submitting for award consideration, you certify that you have publicly broadcast at least three original NEW episodes between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021. Series producers that do not follow this rule are subject to possible disqualification without a refund.

By submitting for award consideration, rights are hereby granted for the Indie Series Awards to use the name, logo, video and content for awards, presentations, highlight reels and promotional materials.

The Indie Series Awards reserve the right to amend awards, categories, dates, and activities, if necessary.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

1. Read the 12th Annual Indie Series Awards Rules & Submission Guide (https://www.tinyurl.com/ISA12Guide) to determine the MANDATORY MAIN category you would like to submit your series for and any ADD-ON categories.

2. If you haven't used FilmFreeway before, create an account for your series.

3. Upload your best episode and submit in the MANDATORY MAIN category.

4. Review the confirmation email.  If you are submitting for ADD-ON categories, you will use the password provided in the email to submit.

5. Upload another episode (a project file) and choose the categories that you are submitting that episode for.  Repeat step until you have submitted in every ADD-ON category you've chosen.

2022 INDIE SERIES AWARDS TIMELINE

Monday, February 1, 2021 Early Entry Period Opens

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Early Entry Period Closes

Thursday, April 1, 2021 Regular Entry Period Opens

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 Regular Entry Period Closes

Wednesday, September, 1, 2021 Extended Entry Period Opens

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Extended Entry Period Closes

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 LAST CHANCE Entry Period Opens

Friday, December 31, 2021 LAST CHANCE Entry Period Closes

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 Nomination Announcement

Monday, February 7, 2022 Nominee Discount Ticketing Opens

Sunday, February 13, 2022 Nominee Discount Ticketing Closes

Monday, February 14, 2022 Tickets On Sale (general ticketing)

Monday, February 14, 2022 Media Credential Applications Available

Monday, February 21, 2022 Deadline for Nominee Clips

Friday, March 11, 2022 Deadline for Program Book AD

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 Annual Nominee Pre-Party

Thursday, April 7, 2022 ISA12 Awards Ceremony (includes red carpet reception and after party)

ENTRY FEES

Early Entry period runs from February 1 to March 31, 2021. The fee is $60 for the MANDATORY MAIN CATEGORY and $20 for each ADD-ON category.

Regular Entry period runs from April 1 to August 31, 2021. The fee is $75 for the MANDATORY MAIN CATEGORY and $25 for each ADD-ON category.

Extended Entry period from September 1, 2021 - November 30, 2021. The fee is $95 for the MANDATORY MAIN CATEGORY and $35 for each ADD-ON category.

LAST CHANCE Entry period runs from December 1-31, 2021. The fee is $120 for the MANDATORY MAIN CATEGORY and $50 for each ADD-ON category.

Single Category Cast Self-Submissions entry fees are the same as a MANDATORY MAIN CATEGORY.

KEY SUBMISSION DATES (exclusively via FilmFreeway)

Early Entry Period Opens: February 1, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. ET
Early Entry Period Deadline: March 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Regular Entry Period Opens: April 1, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. ET
Regular Entry Period Deadline: August 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Extended Entry Period Opens: September 1, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. ET
Extended Entry Deadline: November 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET

LAST CHANCE Entry Period Opens: December 1, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. ET
LAST CHANCE Entry Deadline: December 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET

VOTING

All eligible submissions are reviewed and discussed by a nominating committee assembled by the Indie Series Network, Serial Scoop editorial staff, plus the Indie Series Awards production team. They will handpick six nominees for 33 categories along with the awardee of the ISA12 Spotlight Award.

The final round of judging will be determined by an industry panel of experts including producers, directors, writers and other leaders from the Entertainment community who will review and judge each the nominees in each category.

ALL DECISIONS ARE FINAL

For any other questions about the Indie Series Awards (ISA12) submission process, please contact info@indieseriesawards.com.

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