The 2020 film Competition: YEAR Two!

We want to help filmmakers, musicians, and authors become recognized for their talent, rather than their fans, followers, or funding. Even if you only have 17 Facebook fans and 22 YouTube followers with 14 views, your movie might be awesome! You could bring home first place in the Indie Originals Live Film Competition. Let us help you develop an audience.  


We are looking for films made with passion. We're inviting both feature and short length narrative and documentary films. We welcome newcomers and students! Judges will recognize and award prizes for directing, editing, acting, cinematography, script, and soundtrack. Our festival offers competitive entry fees and broad categories. Want a bigger chance of winning? Yes, you can enter in multiple categories! Our awards can help your film get the recognition it deserves.​

This year’s competition will be overseen by actor and director Jake Estrada, who recently completed his own feature-length film, Bocas. No old-school frustrated burnouts judge our competition like many of the other older film festivals - we won’t allow it. We only select open-minded, optimistic, positive people to review films. These are the people who would actually watch your movies. 


It’s fair. It’s as objective as humanly possible. Entrance fees are reasonable, and since we’re a non-profit, funds go right back into helping artists develop their craft. You can enter your movie, animation, documentary or short right here on FilmFreewayThis year's Grand Prize is worth well over $2,500! Category winners will be announced at our awards ceremony near Orlando, Florida in October 2020.


Check out our myriad of genres and categories! Endless opportunities for you to become an “award-winning filmmaker.” Early entrance fees end soon, so enter quickly. Yes, you can enter in multiple genres and multiple categories. The more categories you enter, the greater your chances of winning. Break a leg!


  • Action

  • Adventure

  • Animated

  • Comedy

  • Dance

  • Documentary

  • Drama

  • Experimental

  • Inspirational

  • Inspired by Comic Book

  • Musical

  • Paranormal

  • Religious

  • Sci-Fi

  • Screenplays

  • Slashers

  • Spoofs

  • Steampunk

  • Student Flicks

  • Superheroes

  • Web Series

  • Westerns

  • And more!



  1. Best full-length film (41+ minutes, per category)

  2. Best short film (<41 minutes, per category)

  3. Best director (per category)

  4. Best special effects (per category)

  5. Best soundtrack (per category)

  6. Best male actor (per category)

  7. Best female actress (per category)

  8. Best movie poster

  9. Film of the Year (we pick this, not an enterable category -- over all genres)

  10. Director of the Year (we pick this, not an enterable category -- over all genres)

  11. Actor/Actress of the Year (we pick this, not an enterable category -- over all genres)

Check out the 2019 competition winners!

Thomas Frick

2019 Indie Originals Award Winner

Best Action Film for "Cold Dawn" 

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