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.

We as a festival focus not only on screening quality independent film, but also on helping to develop the next generation of filmmakers. You will enjoy our fun and informative workshops, speakers, and networking events.

We are excited to see a live, full schedule return for 2022. As we move closer to November, visit for more information on both 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

Best Local Film
Rising Star (21 & under)
Best Pandemic Film
Best Student Film
Best use of a Drone
Best Foreign language Film
Women in Film Award
TV Production Award
Diversity in Media Award
First Time Director Award
Indigenous Film Award
Best Proof of Concept Film
Best Science Film
Best Children’s Film
Veterans Film / made by veterans
Best Smart Phone project
Best New Media
Poetic Cinema Award
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Child Actor or Actress
Best Original Score
Best Cinematography

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 45 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, 2018.

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 may 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
  • THYWILL Productions None

    It was a complete honor to be selected as a finalist, I wish I could have been able to attend in person, but it's understandable why it couldn't happen.
    This was wonderful virtual experience. It was nice to see all the other filmmakers. I would have liked to see the films that were a part of the festival or at least a listing.
    Congratulations to all the filmmakers. Keep on creating, hopefully we'll get to meet face-to-face in the future.

    November 2021
  • James A. Warda

    Unfortunately could not physically attend but everything seemed very well coordinated and the communication was good. Thank you.

    November 2021
  • A great festival to invest in and well worth the consideration. Best wishes! GS.

    November 2021
  • We were thrilled to be part of this festival. As a former West Virginia resident who grew up on the Ohio side just down the river and now lives in NYC, it was special to have my first ever short film included as a finalist back home! The personal notes they sent us were nice touches and made our experiences even better. We hope to continue to be part of what they are doing!

    November 2021
  • Jonathan Fisher

    We were thrilled to be part of the CARE Awards with our short doc. Caring is what they're all about here. We've almost gotten used to our film being recognized in New York and California, but it's a special kick to be part of a West Virginia festival.

    November 2021