The AMARCORD ARTHOUSE TELEVISION AWARDS (AATVA) is a web-only competition with the focus on arthouse films made primarily for television and video. The event has no screening. AATVA is a division of the Blow-up Arthouse Film festival. It links the most creative artists together with very intelligent audiences for its annual festival of narrative, musical and documentary films, shorts, animations, experimental films, and student work. The Festival was named after the Fellini's iconic film "Amarcord".

The event pursues goals to introduce more people to the arthouse film. We would like to see films made primarily for aesthetic and philosophical reasons.

We believe that a story driven by a genuine expression can stimulate new thoughts that have the power to promote the fundamental principles of humanism, expand creative frontiers, stimulate new levels of compassion, and even lead to social change. The Festival is an organization dedicated to the discovery and development of new artists and audiences. The Festival seeks to support and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. We also welcome established Arthouse filmmakers, who already attained a major contribution to the art of filmmaking.

All accepted entries will receive digital Official Selection Laurels.
Main Category winners will receive digital Laurel and Trophy or Certificate.
All Technical Category winners will receive digital Laurel and Certificate.

- Main Category -
Best Animation
Best Commercial
Best Documentary
Best Drama
Best Feature Film
Best Music Film/Music Video
Best Thriller/Sci-Fi/Horror
Best Trailer/Teaser
Best TV/Web Series Episode
Best Comedy

- Technical Category -
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography

Please read these Rules & Terms carefully before you submit your film. By submitting your film into competition in the Amarcord Arthouse Television & Film Fest Awards, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of these Rules & Terms.

The Amarcord Arthouse Television & Film Fest Awards (AATVA) is open to any film completed after January 1, 2015 regardless of content, subject, or origin. Submitting your film to the AATVA is not a guarantee of selection. All the Official selection, Nominees and the Winners will be listed on our website permanently. All the winning films will receive a trophy award or certificate. Please read all the rules and regulations before submitting your project. Please note that we do not offer application fee waivers: we treat every filmmaker equally.

1. Films made in languages other than English must have English subtitles.

2. The AATVA is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival within the United States only. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules, and regulations.

3. The AATVA reserves the right to refuse entries or change the Submission Status.

4. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the AATVA, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, and publicity.

5. The BFF will not refund any fees if the filmmaker fails to submit the film in the correct category. Films submitted without the correct fees or proper submission media may be deemed ineligible at the discretion of the AATVA programming director or executive director. The festival does not cover any of the expenses incurred by the filmmaker.

6. After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified, and eventually, the film will be listed on the festival website under Official Selections. The 'Accepted' (Official Selection) status means your film is included in the competition section of the BFF and you are now eligible for a nomination/award and you can use the festival logo on your poster.

7. An official selection and a nominee will be privately screened for the AATVA judging panel, and it would not be screened to the public. There is no live event to be held.

8. “Best” films of each category will receive a trophy award or certificate.

9. We require an official trailer or poster, synopsis and a link to your film. Please select the correct category, while submitting to avoid disqualification. We reserve the right to re-assign film to an appropriate category.

10. AATVA may without advance notice amend these Rules & Terms from time to time. Each and every such amendment shall become effective immediately. It is your responsibility to periodically check for updates of these Rules & Terms.

Overall Rating
  • Dan Smith

    Another quality film festival I found through FilmFreeway, thank you

    July 2020
  • Grateful to be a part of this festival. They communicated well and were extremely friendly

    April 2020
  • When I first set about selecting festivals to which to submit my documentary about Richard Wilbur, I was immediately drawn to this festival which was named in honor of maestro Fellini's masterpiece, Amarcord, one of my very favorite films. Upon reading the mission statement and philosophy, I was determined to enter with merely the hope that our film might be selected for review. I am, thus, over-the-moon delighted to have received the award for best documentary. That it, in turn, is named after Dziga Vertov, whose essential Man With a Movie Camera is another favorite, sent me over the moon and beyond. The handsome trophy will remain a reminder of the first film award I have ever won. More important, the honor gives this independent arthouse director a most welcome boost in confidence. On behalf of all who worked on the film, please know that Amarcord is truly a place that welcomes the different and the thought-provoking.

    It was a thorough pleasure dealing with the Amarcord staff during both the submission process AND the receipt of the lovely news and award.

    December 2019
  • I am proud that our film has been nominated for Federico Fellini Award! Thank you so much!

    November 2019
  • Maurizio Noris

    Let’s leave aside the professionality, as that should always go without saying.
    In my case, the Chicago Amarcord Arthouse Television Awards was a festival that, like very few others, had the courage to select a total underdog as a finalist.
    So, it deserves all my respect because of the good faith and absence of ulterior motives it’s using to pursue its mission, my experience says that the statement of the festival really corresponds to what it does.

    November 2019