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 careawards.org for more information on the festival.

CONTESTANTS MUST ENTER ONE OF THE "GENERAL PRIZE CATEGORIES" IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR CONSIDERATION FOR ANY OF THE "SPECIAL ADDITIONAL AWARDS" CATEGORIES.

"GENERAL PRIZE CATEGORIES" Include both Shorts & Features:
Drama
Comedy
Documentary
No Budget
Redemptive
Animation
Experimental
Music video
Trailer
Horror/Thriller
Sci-Fi
Action
Mockumentary
Web Series

"SPECIAL ADDITIONAL AWARDS" CATEGORIES:
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:
Editing
Sound Design
Audience Award
Grand Jury Award
Best of Show
Founders Award

We also have a BEST FEATURE SCRIPT CATEGORY !
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 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 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.

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  • Robert Craig

    This a great festival. We were happy to be a part of this with our screenplay submission. We were especially happy to win an award for our screenplay. Go Go Film Festival! Thanks for a great experience.

    November 2022
  • Tom Procida

    I so wish i was able to attend but the communication was excellent!

    November 2022
  • Tyrone Cooper

    The communication was great. My team and I are so appreciative that our film, Amanda was selected and ultimately awarded as Best Dramatic Short. I had another film of mine screening at another film festival on the same weekend, so I was unable to attend due to the distance. My rep was going to attend and could not at the 11th hour. It was a disappointment for me but the fact that AMANDA was recognized by our peers, I’m humbled. I will be there next year. Watch out for another submission.

    November 2022
  • S. Francis Livisay

    Thankyou CARE Awards for having us and screening my debut short - Axé. You were most gracious and accommodating for a first time filmmaker. I felt welcomed as well among a community of creatives appreciating one another's artistic takes. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    November 2022
  • Doc and Jaime are fantastic. We had multiple projects and posters and a bunch of things going on to coordinate and the communication before, during and after has been outstanding. Also a very professionally run festival. Great workshops and cool hotel.

    November 2022