Now in our 2nd year, 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 just for you. 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.

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 and Official Selections will receive a custom 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
• Best Director
• Best Cinematography
• Best Actor
• Best Actress
• Best Special FX
• Best Score

If your film has been submitted into multiple categories and receives more than one award selection, we will only be able to provide you with a single review and star rating for your film.

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
- If a specific category winner can not be selected due to lack of submissions or quality, we will not feature a winning film for that category.

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

We DO NOT offer fee waivers and will not reply to emails requesting one.

Overall Rating
  • Chris Tsounis

    Thank you APEX Film Awards for choosing our video clip "Try by HEX" as Best Music Video! What an amazing work on the detailed review, i feel trully honoured reading your kind words.

    January 2022
  • Siddhartha Valluri

    Absolutely love the quality of films I've had a chance to explore through APEX Film Awards and super grateful to have won Best Cinematography for my debut short film Existence :)

    January 2022
  • Nicola Schafer

    Thank you for selecting "The Chalgrove Brook" to be part of your festival! Delighted to be included!

    January 2022
  • Thank you very much for including our film "Undermined" as "Best Animation". It was very special to read the review, which really captured what we tried to do with film and the process. Thank you very much! Highly recommended!

    January 2022
  • Kitoko Terra

    Wonderful experience! Thank you for selecting (LA) FUREUR DE VIVRE! Deeply Honoured!

    January 2022