We’ve seen a lot of great movies come out of Philadelphia. The Sixth Sense. Rocky. Silver Linings Playbook. 12 Monkeys. The list goes on.

Feature Length Indie Film of the Year acknowledges the underdogs, awarding an extraordinary indie film shot here in Philadelphia.

The Nominees

Previous Winners

The Backyard Philly Project is a documentary focusing on 4 teens growing up in Penn Town, a rough Philadelphia inner-city community. All the teens were given a camera to film their lives from their own perspectives, giving folks a rarely seen peek into the inner city life.

The film is both inspirational and gut-wrenching as you see the teens struggle to overcome adversity and not fall into the cycle of drugs and violence that surrounds them when they graduate from high school.

Local filmmaker Jon Foy created a documentary unfurling the mystery of the cryptic Toynbee Tiles scatter through so many city streets across the U.S. and South America. This brilliant and thorough documentary really showcases the dedication of this Philly filmmaker. If you missed it, you can now find it available on Netflix.