The Cinematic Arts Redemptive Entertainment (CARE) Awards provide an opportunity for artists globally to be recognized for their outstanding achievements in film, screenwriting, and Music.

Our 2021 event schedule has been altered due to the ongoing pandemic and increased variant spread. Visit for more information on the festival and our parent organization, the Appalachian Cinematic Arts Council, Inc, a 501c3 not for profit organization.


"GENERAL PRIZE CATEGORIES" Include both Shorts & Features:
No Budget
Music video
Web Series

CoVid-19 Films
Local Films
Rising Star (21 & under)
Pandemic Films
Student Film
Foreign Film
Women in Film
Diversity in Media
First Time Director
Proof of Concept Film
Science Film
Children’s Film
Veterans Film- made by veterans
Smart Phone
New Media
Poetic Cinema
Child Actor or Actress
Original Score

Additional awards will be issued for Best:
Sound Design
Audience Award
Grand Jury Award
Best of Show
Founders Award

Must be an unproduced feature screenplay over 30 pages. $150 prize

The names of All Official Selections will be presented by CARE through our web and social media presence to potentially millions of viewers. Selected Winners will have the option of having their films or trailers screened online for one week. A live screening event will also be held.

CONTESTANTS MUST ENTER ONE OF THE "GENERAL PRIZE CATEGORIES" IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR ANY OF THE "SPECIAL ADDITIONAL AWARDS" CATEGORIES. If a film enters a Special Additional Award category and does not enter in a General category, it will be disqualified from consideration without refund. The only exception, of course, is submissions to the Script competition.

CARE staff and jurors will choose the award winners from Official Selections.

1. Films must have been completed on or after Jan 1, 2017.

2. We accept films from all regions. Non-English films must have English subtitles.

3. Works-in-progress will not be considered.

4. We accept films shot in any format, however, submissions must be provided via online screener of HD quality 720p or higher.

5. Only online submissions are accepted.

6. Entry Fees are nonrefundable. Entries that are considered by the judges or CARE Officials to be pornographic or contain gratuitous nudity will be disqualified without refund.

7. Entries will not be considered without a paid Entry Fee. We do not grant waivers.

8. If your film is selected we will ask you to email us still images and press kit, if available.

9. All films chosen as Award Winners will have the option to grant CARE the non-exclusive right to screen the film or a trailer online for one week without any form compensation beyond the publicity and recognition that that Selection provides.

10. All films chosen as Official Selections will grant CARE the rights to use clips/trailer for promotional purposes.

11. CARE reserves the right not to award any or all of these awards if we do not receive sufficient submissions or submissions with sufficient storytelling or production merit. CARE also reserves the right to change categories of entries if it is felt that the submission was placed in the wrong category or the submission is worthy of additional recognition.

12. International winners will receive an electronic copy of their certificate unless the winner chooses to cover the cost of international mailing fees.

13. Selected winners may be screened at a live event, with preference given to films which will have representation present at the event.  The leadership of the CARE Awards reserves the right to alter, amend, or abolish the schedule due to forces beyond their control such as pandemic, natural disaster or extreme weather, economic or social crisis, or other outside forces which could impact the CARE Awards event. 

Terms & Conditions:

-I understand and accept the Submission Requirements as mentioned above, and warrant that I am authorized to commit the film for screening.

-I have signed releases from any people appearing in my film, and have the authority to use any copyrighted materials that appear in my film, including but not limited to music, images or footage. I will indemnify and hold harmless the Appalachian Cinematic Arts Council, the CARE Awards, and its associated festivals, creators, production companies, funders and assigns, 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, defamation or publicity related to the presentation, distribution or promotion of my film.

-I understand that the Appalachian Cinematic Arts Council, its creators, production companies and associates, are constantly creating and producing films, and may have films in existence or in development for future production that may include ideas, images, themes, stories, treatments, interviewees or characters that appear in my film, or otherwise bear a strong resemblance to my film in some other way. I hereby agree that I am not entitled to any compensation in any form based on any similarities of such film content to my film, whether real or perceived.

-I am at least 18 years of age, have read and understood the foregoing Terms and Conditions, and am competent to execute this agreement.

Overall Rating
  • Bradley Hawkins

    The Cinematic Arts Redemptive Entertainment (CARE) Awards is a class act in every capacity. Despite having to pivot and navigate through new territory due to COVID-19 for the festival in 2020, the festival director and his team were able to pull together a stellar live online awards presentation that I was able to participate in which was an absolute thrill. Our film CALF ROPE won Best Redemptive Short Film and I was honored as Best Director for the year from the festival. Since the 2020 CARE Awards was not able to be held live, I have been invited to attend the 2021 CARE Awards in November where Calf Rope will be screened as a winner of two awards from the previous year. This was an especially kind and generous offer which my team and I in Pennsylvania will be thrilled to attend in Parkersburg, WV this coming November. Thanks again for living up to your festival's name by showing such care and appreciation for your official selections and winners of your festival.

    February 2021
  • I've really enjoyed being a part of CARE Awards and deeply appreciated being included. A great opportunity for writers and I'm thoroughly grateful for my project being selected and for the time and consideration awarded to my screenplay. Recommended for any writers.

    December 2020
  • Hi ! We are blessed to have the opportunity to share our work in this beautiful festival. In these special times for the world and for the movie industry, it's always a challenge to be able to give life to our creations... so thank you very much for this ! B Take care and bless you ! Mathieu Baillargeon #LastCall

    December 2020
  • Excellent communication and a wide variety of categories to match your film's aim. I would recommend the Care Awards to everyone!

    December 2020
  • Tyler A Chase

    Like many festivals during the COVID issue, CARE Awards did not screen our film however there will be special in person screenings for the winners during a 20 - 21 event. They hosted a great Zoom Award night where we were able to meet the other Nominated filmmakers. The festival is a product of the Appalachian Cinematic Arts Council. The organizers are very professional and charming.

    November 2020