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Unsolicited submissions to The Independent Critic are accepted between the 1st-10th of each month ONLY unless otherwise noted on this page. Submissions must be submitted by e-mail to -; telephone inquiries are not permitted. Submissions are not accepted via social media channels. If you prefer, however, you may send a DVD or Blu-ray to:

The Independent Critic
5115 Devon Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46226

Streaming links and DVD/Blu-ray submissions are accepted. Downloads, however, are not accepted. 


The Independent Critic proudly supports a filmmaking culture of diversity. Equity of opportunity is a core value of The Independent Critic. We believe the filmmaking community offers a powerful platform for social change and quality entertainment and we actively seek to support and empower diverse filmmaking voices. 


The Independent Critic actively works with local, regional, national, and international distributors. Distribution agreements are not subject to date restrictions and film submissions are accepted at any time. These submissions are not considered "unsolicited." 


  • Individual submissions are limited to two (2) on a monthly basis 
  • The Independent Critic does not charge for reviews. However, The Independent Critic is open to fee-for-review arrangements providing promotional reviews. Please do note, however, that promotional reviews are clearly identified on The Independent Critic. 
  • The Independent Critic actively reviews both feature-length and short films (defined as under 45 minutes in length). 
  • The Independent Critic reviews indie or studio features in a wide variety of genres including faith-based cinema, experimental, indie horror, student films (high school or college), documentaries, foreign language, LGBT and many others often rejected by media outlets. 
  • The Independent Critic is happy to work with festivals to provide media coverage and/or reviews for your films. The Independent Critic prefers the availability of streaming links for these reviews, though is open to festival attendance with appropriate financial consideration. 
  • The Independent Critic does not review the following types of films - porn, music videos, web series, television productions, proof of concept films, fan films, time-limited production films (ie, "48-hour Film Fest") or any film that violates my own personal ethic. 
  • The Independent Critic will review films released directly to streaming within 30 days of a film's release only. 
  • In order to submit a film to The Independent Critic, you MUST have an active IMDB page or website with full production credits available. Films submitted without one of these two will not be reviewed. 

Submissions should include the following:

  • Streaming Link w/Password (if applicable)
  • Press Kit (if available) or full production credits/IMDB
  • Link to film website (if applicable, please also include Facebook pages)
  • If you have an urgent deadline, for example a festival premiere, I need to know this up front. Generally speaking, I will not deviate from my "by the end of the month" standard.
  • If you are requesting a DVD/Blu-ray review, I strongly prefer to receive the complete final production package. However, please provide me an e-mail up front before sending to ensure I'm agreeable to the review. I am happy to review streaming links, but will not review it as a "DVD/Blu-ray" release in these cases.
  • If these guidelines are not followed, a review will not occur.


  • The Independent Critic is happy to attend promotional screenings in Central Indiana with at least two weeks' notice. Please ensure that appropriate media credentials and/or ticketing arrangements have been made. 
  • The Independent Critic is happy to jury film festivals in person or via streaming links. The Independent Critic has juried for a variety of film festivals including the Heartland Film Festival, Indy Shorts, Indy Film Fest, Wet Your Pants Film Festival, Indy LGBT Film Festival, Indiana Shorts Film Festival, HollyShorts Film Festival and others. 
  • All film reviews are submitted to IMDB and other applicable media outlets. If The Independent Critic discovers that you have, for any reason, had a review removed from IMDB or via social media outlets your review will be deleted from The Independent Critic and your films permanently banned from The Independent Critic. 
    The Official Rating Guideline
    • A+ to A: 4 Stars                
    • A- to B+: 3.5 Stars            
    • B: 3 Stars                         
    • B- to C+: 2.5 Stars           
    • C: 2 Stars
    • C- to D+: 1.5 Stars
    • D: 1 Star
    • D-: .5 Star
    • F: Zero Stars

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