CINDY History

CINDY, an acronym for “Cinema in Industry,” began in 1959 as an industrial film awards event.  It was created by the Industry Film Producers Association (IFPA), an American non-profit industrial film organization based in Los Angeles.  Later, this group became the Informational Film Producers of America and, in 1984, the Association of Visual Communicators (AVC).

Since 1998, we have been the International Association of Audio Visual Communicators (IAA-VC).  We currently present 14 different CINDY Award events each year honoring the theatrical, broadcast, non broadcast and interactive media professionals around the globe.




Just as the market for the industrial film evolved into video and on-line media over the years, the makeup of the CINDYs continued to change as well.  Interactive media was added in 1985, making CINDY the first interactive media awards event in the world.

Since 2000, many new interactive media formats and applications have been added.  Today, CINDY continues to honor the informational media producer but has expanded to embrace all production professionals working in both linear and interactive media.