The APEX Film Awards is a quarterly short film award to showcase independent filmmakers and their films. APEX was made by filmmakers for filmmakers and our experience within the film industry and on the festival circuit gave us the idea to create our own film award that's aimed at showcasing independent filmmakers and giving them unique tools to promote their films.

In our experience we found that many online film awards didn't deliver a positive service and experience from the filmmakers perspective. Lack of communication and effort from a festival can have a detrimental effect on a films festival run. Our goal is to discover truly great talent and powerful films that we can showcase.

Our vision for APEX is not just to provide a positive experience but also to create a platform that understands filmmakers and ways to help promote their films.

What's different about our festival is that all winners will receive a star rating and a tailored film review written by award winning filmmaker Jonathan Brooks. Having a detailed film review and star rating is an incredibly useful and effective marketing tool for films to use across social media and within their promotional content. Film reviews are typically a separate service which are not offered by film festivals, which is why we're proud to offer it. Feature your star rating and reviews on your posters or even within your trailers, they can be used in many effective ways.

The APEX Film Awards is run every quarter, giving filmmakers the chance to submit throughout the year. We found that having monthly awards diluted the quality of submissions and chose to run every 3 months to have a wider choice of films in each category.

APEX Film Awards is supported by UK based award winning production company United Magic Studios. Made by filmmakers for filmmakers.

Winners of each category will receive a short film review and star rating of their submitted film as well as custom laurels. Check out our winners reviews here - https://www.apexfilmawards.com/winners

Finalists will receive a custom laurel to help promote their film and showcase their achievement.

Official selections will receive a standard laurel to help promote their film and showcase their achievement.


• Best Drama
• Best Comedy
• Best Animation
• Best Sci-Fi
• Best Thriller
• Best Horror
• Best Fantasy
• Best Experimental
• Best Music Video
• Best Documentary

We accept:
- Short films under 40 minutes
- Music Videos of any length
- Films made from any year

By submitting your film, take note that:
- You agree to use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster/stills) for promotional purpose by us
- Entry fees are non-refundable
- Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker
- The films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English)
- Your film will NOT be uploaded online to any platform
- All reviews are written in English ONLY

We do not accept:
- Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations
- Films including excessively violent or sexually inappropriate content
- Films with a poor production quality or lack of ENGLISH subtitles

Overall Rating
  • Thanks to the official selection for my Short film
    " Smoking Kills " in the best Drama category
    good experience , i hope to submit another project soon !

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Steven, it was a pleasure you have your film in our festival!

  • Oliver Hollingdale

    Very humbled and honoured by APEX Film Awards! My only hope is we get to all experience our films at a screening event soon!

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Oliver, it was a pleasure judging your films!

  • Mino Rimada

    It was a great experience to have been part of APEX first edition.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Mino, great to include you in our festival and select your fantastic film.

  • Very excited to have won during APEX's first year running. I can't wait to see them grow as the years go on.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your positive review Killian, we hope to review your next film in the not too distant future! APEX