The Best Actor & Director Awards – New York is an International Bi-Monthly IMDb Qualifying Competition with Annual Screening Event, celebrating Actors and Film Directors from all over the world. Our Mission is to recognize talent and passion and to award the Best Performances in Acting and in Film Directing of independent cinema. Only the Best Films of a whole year will be selected by the Jury for the Annual Screening Event in New York City.

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During the Bi-Monthly Competition, our Jury will only award the Best Actors and Film Directors through private screenings. We may award Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze, depending on the judgment of the performance. There may be Honorable Mentions to those Actors and Directors who haven’t won their category, but whose skills deserve to be celebrated. Moreover, we award the very Special “Outstanding Performance Award” in acting and in film directing. All the Winners of the Bi-Monthly Competition will receive a Winner Laurel, our Official Certificate (digital format) ready for printing, will be listed on our web site and may upload their credits on IMDb. Only the Best Films of a whole year will be selected by the Jury for the Annual Screening Event, that will take place in New York City in March 2023.

What we’re looking for: Feature Films, Short Films, TV/Web-Series, Indie Films, Student Films, Music Videos, Commercials, Animations, Experimental Films, Documentaries. We accept films in any length, genre and language. Non-English films must have English subtitles.

We do not accept: 1. Amateur videos. 2. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations. 3. Pornography. 4. Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution lower than 720p HD). 5. We don’t accept scripts. 6. We don't accept excerpts/scenes from films: you must submit the entire film.

By submitting your film, take note that:
The Best Actor & Director Awards – New York is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt (trailer/teaser/poster/stills) from any film submitted for promotional purposes. The films will not be available online. Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be submitted to multiple categories. Winning categories vary every month depending on the submissions we receive and on the performances. If we think the categories submitted are not to a standard of the Best Actor & Director Awards – New York win, they will be removed. If you submit your film to the category ‘Best Acting Debut’, it must be your first or second time acting in a film (any kind of film); If you submit your film to the category ‘Best 1st time Director of a Short’, it must be your first or second time directing a short film; If you submit your film to the category ‘Best 1st time Director of a Feature’, it must be your first or second time directing a feature film: otherwise, your film will be disqualified from that specific category. Trophies are optional, are not included in the submission fee and all Winners may order the trophy by paying production costs and shipping costs. The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries and the Jury can remove the movie from the competition at any time. Entry fees are non-refundable. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for possible screening (private and/or public) and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations. Only the Best Films of a whole year will be selected by the Jury for the Annual Screening Event. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Best Actor & Director Awards – New York, 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, publicity, screening, and loss or damage of the screening videos entered.
By submitting your film, you acknowledge you have read, understood and accepted all rules and regulations.

Overall Rating
  • Nice festival, with great treatment and very good expectations! We greatly appreciate your feedback!

    July 2022
  • Charlie Lyon Budden

    Thank you so much to the whole team for spending the time to watch and review my film 'Oh, Little Spark!' and for giving me a platform to show my film to the world. I am privileged to have received 2 awards at your festival (best director of a drama film and best actress in a drama film) and I will be submitting again with my future projects!

    July 2022
  • Thank you so much for the nice prizes, what more can you ask for when you are passionate and receive the recognition of the profession! Thanks very much ! Mireille Fiévet

    May 2022
  • Pamela Renall

    Best Actor & Director Awards - New York are truly outstanding! Great communication, updates and I LOVED LOVED LOVED the Award Certificates- They are sparkly and fabulous and I was so proud to share!
    Highly recommend submitting!

    May 2022
  • Very quick and friendly communication! Very happy about the Best 1st Time Director and Best Actor awards! Plus it's nice to win some awards from the city I once called home. Cheers NYC!

    May 2022