Indiana Film Journalists Association

Promoting Film Criticism Across the Hoosier State

IFJA 2016 Film Awards Rules and Categories

The Indiana Film Journalists Association is pleased to announce its rules and categories for its 2016 film achievement awards.

The IFJA Awards will be announced on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. The screening deadline for consideration is Friday, Dec. 16, either by press/promotional screenings or DVD/online screeners.

We will name a winner in each of 17 categories (listed below) as well as a runner-up in 16 categories. Please note that this year we have added two categories, Best Ensemble and Breakout of the Year.

Best Ensemble honors the collective excellence of a film’s entire cast. Breakout of the Year recognizes a fresh performer or filmmaker who made a notable impact.

In the Best Film category only, we will recognize 10 finalists (including the winner and runner-up).

In order to be eligible, a film must have played in Indiana during the calendar year, or screened for our critics in advance of a 2017 release date. Movies that played in a major Hoosier State film festival -- such as Heartland Film Festival or Indy Film Fest -- will also be considered.

Here are the categories:

Best Film of the Year
Best Animated Film
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Best Vocal/Motion Capture Performance
Breakout of the Year
Best Ensemble
Best Musical Score
The Hoosier Award
Original Vision Award

A word of explanation about the last two categories:

The Hoosier Award is meant to recognize a significant cinematic contribution either by a person (or persons) with roots in Indiana, or by a film that depicts Hoosier State locales and stories. As a special award, no runner-up is named.

The Original Vision Award is meant to recognize a film that is especially innovative or original.

Thanks for your attention. We look forward to your help in getting all the worthy films screened so they can be considered for our awards.