The 'Best Actor Award™ – New York' is an International Bi-Monthly IMDb Qualifying Competition with Annual Screening Event, celebrating Actors from all over the world. Our Mission is to recognize talent and passion and to award the Best Performances in Acting 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 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 who haven’t won their category, but whose skills deserve to be celebrated. Moreover, we award the very Special “Outstanding Performance Award” that will receive an Exclusive Interview on our website. 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, may order our Trophy 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 February 2022.

The Award Categories:

Special Jury Award: Outstanding Performance
Best Actor/Actress in a Comedy
Best Actor/Actress in a Dark Comedy
Best Actor/Actress in an Adventure Film
Best Actor/Actress in an Action Film
Best Actor/Actress in a Thriller
Best Actor/Actress in a Mystery Film
Best Actor/Actress in a Fantasy
Best Actor/Actress in a Sci-Fi
Best Actor/Actress in a Horror
Best Actor/Actress in a Drama
Best Actor/Actress in a Historical Film
Best Actor/Actress in a War Film
Best Actor/Actress in a Noir Film
Best Actor/Actress in a Detective Film
Best Actor/Actress in a Western
Best Actor/Actress in a Romance
Best Actor/Actress in a Musical
Best Actor/Actress in a Fan Film
Best Actor/Actress in a Parody
Best Actor/Actress in an LGBTQ Film
Best Actor/Actress in a Biographical Film
Best Actor/Actress in an Inspirational Film
Best Actor/Actress in a Social Justice Film
Best Actor/Actress in a Sport Film
Best Actor/Actress in a Silent Film
Best Actor/Actress in an Experimental Film
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Child Actor (from 5 to 12 y.o.)
Best Child Actress (from 5 to 12 y.o.)
Best Young Actor (from 12 to 18 y.o.)
Best Young Actress (from 12 to 18 y.o.)
Best Acting Debut
Best Voice Over Performance
Best Ensemble
Best Duo
Best Monologue

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 1080p 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 Award 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 Award 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): otherwise, your film will be disqualified from that specific category. 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 Award, 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
  • Great experience ,was an honor to me and my co star to win awards in this festival.

    May 2021
  • Alessandro C. Masella

    I'm honored and excited to have won a prize in this awesome festival, Thank You So much to everybody.

    May 2021
  • Had a lovely experience with Best Actor Award & very thankful to be awarded Best Actress in a Drama Gold Award! This festival cares about watching all submitted performances & giving honest awards, a highly valued festival for Indie actors working hard out there.

    May 2021
  • Christian Greenway

    Fantastic festival! Looking forward to working with them again in the future! Thank you so much 😊

    May 2021
  • This is a fantastic festival ! Very high quality and differentiated selection of films! I just regret I couldn't see them all. It was a joy to participate and an honour to receive Best Actress in Monologue Award, for my short film "SINGLE". Thank you!!!!!

    May 2021