We are an official event on IMDB and all the finalists and winners can insert their title in our list:


*** There are no monthly public screenings for our film awards, so that we do not affect your other submissions or premiere status.

Aphrodita becomes Biennial (2024)
Welcome to Independent Aphrodite Film Awards, a quarterly film festival with Biennial Live Screening and award ceremony.

The Aphrodite Film Awards (NYCAFA) is a quarterly and biennial competition which celebrates films from all around the world with awards in different categories and genres.

Films, photography and music are welcome.

It is our mission to recognize and celebrate the finest independent cinema the world has to offer while helping to advance the careers of promising filmmakers by providing a platform through which their talents can be recognized.

Each month, our Jury will award the best films through private screenings. There are no bimonthly public screenings for our film awards, so that we do not affect your other submissions or premiere status.

There will be awards in several Main Categories, and every submitter can add Additional Categories to increase their probability to win, but each entry and submission must have its own submission fee.

The winners of all monthly editions will enter the "Biennial" competition.

All selected of each monthly edition will receive:

Official Laurels.
Coupon 50% discount on distribution services with our partner.

All finalists and winners of each monthly edition will receive:

Official Laurels.
List your award on IMDB
Coupon 100% discount in distribution services with our partner.
Automatically enter the "The Best Biennial" competition as the Official Biannual Selection (2 Years) 2020, 2022, 2024, 2026

All winners of the The Best Biennial competition received:

Official Laurels.
Official certificate (digital format).
You will receive the Aphrodite Trophy during the Awards Ceremony. In case you can not attend the awards ceremony, you can receive your trophy by paying the shipping costs.

Rules & Terms

Submissions in a language other than English must have subtitles. Works in progress are accepted.

Projects can be from any of the last five years.

Every month, our jury will award the best independent filmmakers through private screenings. Every submission can submit to as many categories as fits the film to increase the chances of winning.

The Jury may offer honorable mentions for filmmakers who do not necessarily win.

Our jury will select potential projects for possible distribution with our partner.

- By submitting your film, take note that:

Aphrodite Film Awards (NYCAFA) is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival.

You agree to use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster/stills) for promotional purpose.

Every submitter can add Additional Categories to increase their probability to win, but each entry and submission must have its own submission fee.

The films will not be available online.

We promote some of the films by uploading the trailers/teasers/posters/production stills.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

Main Categories Available in Monthly editons (All Genre):

Best Feature Film
Best Animation Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Experimental Feature

Best Short Film
Best Under 5 Minute Short Film
Best Animation Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Experimental Short

Best Music Video
Best Commercial
Best Trailer

Best Photography
Best Piece of Music

Additional Categories:

Best Drama (Additional Category)
Best Comedy (Additional Category)
Best Horror (Additional Category)
Best LGBT (Additional Category)
Best Action (Additional Category)
Best Thriller (Additional Category)
Best SCI-FI (Additional Category)
Best Romantic Comedy (Additional Category)
Best Crime Film (Additional Category)
Best Fantasy Film (Additional Category)
Best Film Noir (Additional Category)
Best Western (Additional Category)
Best Silent Film (Additional Category)

Best Editing (Additional Category)
Best Original Music Score (Additional Category)
Best Cinematography (Additional Category)

Best Producer (Additional Category)
Best Screenplay(Additional Category)

Best Director - Ficction (Additional Category)
Best Director - Animation (Additional Category)
Best Director - Documentary (Additional Category)
Best Director - Experimental (Additional Category)
Best Director Student (Additional Category)

Best First Time Filmmaker (Additional Category)

Best Actress (Additional Category)
Best Actor (Additional Category)

Overall Rating
  • Tom Lop

    Extraordinary film festival. I highly recommend you submit your film to this amazing film festival. They are an amazing judge of character, creativity and integrity. Thanks for selecting WordLotto for Best TV Series.

    February 2024
  • Amore Psiche

    Not great communication, not great clarity on their official website

    January 2024
  • Joseph Villapaz

    My film was selected back for Jan-Jun 2023, but haven't gotten any updates or seen any on the website since then. I emailed them before the New Year but still haven't gotten a response. The Official Selection 2023 link doesn't work, but if you select 2022 and in the web address change 2022 to 2023 the Official Selection for 2023 appears and my film is listed. Seems like they're having some issues so I recommend taking this into consideration before submitting.

    January 2024
  • Thank you for choosing Only Eden as a Semi Finalist in your Festival!

    October 2023
  • Wonderful competition so grateful to have been a part :)

    August 2023