About Us

The “I See You Awards®” is an annual celebration of low-budget independent filmmakers.  It is a one-of-a-kind awards program created by Terri Lee Chandler.

After spending years trying to  bring her first  feature to the big screen, combined with  years of reviewing films for all of the major Hollywood studios, Terri noticed that there was a void for low-budget independent filmmakers, and she realized that they needed and deserved to see their hard work, sacrifices and dedication recognized and rewarded, so the idea for the “I See You Awards®” was born.

Our Mission

The mission of the “I See You Awards®” is to recognize and reward low-budget independent filmmakers.

The “I See You Awards®” fill a niche and create a platform for recognizing independent filmmakers that is currently missing in mainstream Hollywood.

Whether your talent is in front of the camera or behind it, we have a category for you. 

we see you!

Our Founder

Our Founder is Terri Lee Chandler, the film critic for WWJ Newsradio 950, Detroit’s only all-news radio station. She is a member of several professional associations, including the prestigious Critics Choice Association, the largest film critics group in the United States and Canada, which produces the annual Critics Choice Awards.  She is also a member of the African-American Film Critics Association, SAG-AFTRA and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Terri is also an independent filmmaker herself, so she knows firsthand the challenges that independent filmmakers face as they work to bring their projects to the big screen. She is also the host of the podcast, Terri Talks Movies.

For more details and to book a speaking or hosting engagement, check out her website.



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