I see a lot of movies each year, many of which never find an audience beyond the festival circuit. Most, in fact, aren’t even good enough to play the festival circuit and end up in a cloud-based digital dustbin, available to stream, but not in anyone’s queue. Every year, though, there are always a handful of well-made, thoughtful indie films that stand out from the crowd.

Over time, these films rack up an impressive number of festival laurels, maybe a few awards, and enter the distribution marketplace with lots of (often untapped) potential. This list is a selection of the best U.S. indie films I saw at festivals this year (including SIFF, where I program U.S. indies) that will be available for your viewing pleasure on a big (or small) screen near you sometime in the next year (if they aren’t already).

So do yourself a favor and watch these films. You’ll be glad you did. #SupportIndieFilm in 2015, y’all!

FIVE STAR (dir. Keith Miller)

Learn more at http://fivestarthemovie.com/.

OBVIOUS CHILD (dir. Gillian Robespierre) 

Learn more at http://obviouschildmovie.tumblr.com/.

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (dir. Ana Lily Amirpour)

Learn more at http://films.vice.com/a-girl-walks-home/.

RED KNOT (dir. Scott Cohen)

Learn more at http://redknotjourney.com/.

AMIRA & SAM (dir. Sean Mullin)

Learn more at http://www.amiraandsam.com.

TIME LAPSE (dir. Bradley King)

Learn more at http://www.timelapse-themovie.com/.

LAYOVER (dir. Joshua Caldwell)

Learn more at http://layoverfilm.com/.

KINDERWALD (dir. Lise Raven)

Learn more at http://kinderwaldfilm.com/home/.

NIGHT MOVES (dir. Kelly Reichardt)

Learn more at http://nightmovesmovie.com/.

GLENA (dir. Allan Luebke)

Learn more at http://www.fightdreamsmovie.com/.

BFE (dir. Shawn Telford)

Learn more at http://bfemovie.com/.

BLUE RUIN (dir. Jeremy Saulnier)

Learn more at http://blueruinmovie.com/.

MY LAST YEAR WITH THE NUNS (dir. Bret Fetzer)

Learn more at http://www.mylastyearwiththenuns.com/.

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