Originally founded in 1980 and televised nationally, the American Movie Awards arose to honor excellence in filmmaking, with winners such as Meryl Streep, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, and Steven Spielberg. The awards influenced a generation of ambitious filmmakers with dreams to one day stand on stage and be recognized for their filmmaking achievements before their industry colleagues and the entertainment media alike.

Under new direction and with a renewed spirit, the American Movie Awards has reemerged to celebrate the very best in independent filmmaking. Our annual film and screenwriting competition is an important event aimed at recognizing independent filmmakers who are truly at the forefront of their craft as well as launching the careers of aspiring storytellers whose talent is of a caliber that demands accolade.

In addition to the awards, winners will receive prizes generously provided by our sponsors and partners.


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You can watch on the free IndieFlix app available in the Apple and Google app stores, on any internet connected device, and on home entertainment systems with Roku, Apple TV and more.

All Grand Prize Winners will receive a free 1-year membership, and 5 Official Finalists and 5 Nominees will receive a 6-month complimentary streaming subscription. In addition, IndieFlix is offering 1 month free to all entrants.

The American Movie Awards film and screenplay competitions are open to all individuals and organizations involved in both professional and amateur filmmaking including current working professionals and aspiring newcomers to the industry. Entry materials may be consist of published or unpublished work.

Entries that have won awards in past American Movie Awards competitions are not eligible for the current competition. There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted by any entrant, nor is there a limit to the number of categories you may enter. A completed online entry form and fee must accompany each entry.

Unacceptable Material

Entries that contain obscene material, pornography, propagate hate messages, or which are otherwise deemed offensive are not eligible and will be immediately disqualified. Ineligible entries may be disqualified at any phase of the competition without notification.

Acknowledgement of Entries
Entrants will receive an email acknowledgment when an entry has been received.

Conditions of Entry / Terms of Service

The American Movie Awards assumes all entries are original and the entrant either owns the work or has permission from an appropriate party to enter the work. In the event that an entrant without such permission submits an entry, the entrant will not be eligible for the competition. The American Movie Awards are not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant. By submitting your work to the contest you agree to hold us, our partners, employees, and affiliates harmless from any any all claims and liability.

Timely submission of an entry meeting the eligibility requirements and payment of the entry fee as stated herein ensures that an entrant's work will be reviewed and considered for recognition. No other representation or warranty is made by the American Movie Awards concerning entries and all implied warranties are hereby expressly disclaimed.

If an entry receives an award, the manner and details of announcing such nomination and award is strictly within the discretion of the American Movie Awards.

By submitting your work to the American Movie Awards you represent that you have read and agree to all rules, terms and conditions.

The American Movie Awards reserves the right to make any necessary changes to event scheduling or event programming.
Entry fees are non-refundable.

The awarding decisions of the Official Jury and Judges are final and cannot be reversed.

Entrants retain all of their rights, title and ownership in their works and intellectual property.

Foreign Entries

All foreign entries that depend on language must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

Entry fees are not refundable.

Film Entries
All entries should use FilmFreeway.

All notifications and responses by the American Movie Awards will be issued via email.

Works in progress are accepted.

Films should have been completed no earlier than four years prior to the submission date.

Entrants of all ages are elegible for the film competition.

Screenplay Entries

Screenplays written by up to four people may be entered in the competition. Only one entry fee and one entry form is required for such entries. All authors' names should be listed on the online entry form.

The American Movie Awards will not share your script with anyone except the judges of the competition.

Hardcopy script materials will not be returned.

Scripts should be no longer than 185 pages.

Scripts may be uploaded via electronic file through our website or sent by mail.

Entrants may submit multiple script entries.

Screenplay entrants retain all of their rights, title and interest in their works, screenplays, and intellectual property.

Once you have submitted your screenplay, we cannot accept a new or updated version. If you wish to submit a new version you will have to re-submit the project using the same entry process.

Entrants of all ages are elegible to participate in our screenplay contest.

Overall Rating
  • Justin Ward

    I was honored to win best first-time director for our film “The Meanest Man In Texas.” It was a great tool for distribution and now our film will be released theatrically! Thank you for the recognition!

    April 2019
  • Clint Pearson

    I am thrilled that I made third place! Great contest.

    May 2018
  • Sriramkumar Vegaraju

    Awesome festival. Great hospitality, communication and promptness. Looking forward to next season.

    May 2018
  • Great job of judging and communication from a prestigious award program. I couldn't have asked for more. I am honored to have won a top award for my screenplay, "1933." Marc Anderson

    May 2018
  • Gordon James

    Great comminication and good for marketing

    May 2018