Cinema WorldFest is IMDb recognized and a global festival from the entertainment capital of the world, California. We're one of the few that do not charge extra fees for each subcategory. Your film is eligible for multiple awards in every category... unlike most other festivals!

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Our mandate is to seek out the best in film, both amateur and professional, believing you don't have to have a Hollywood budget to make a great movie. We’re a quarterly festival that showcases films and screenplays of all genres, short and long.
Unlike other festivals, entries do not battle against each other. Instead, films will compete with themselves and are judged based on a high standard of merit and scored accordingly. Selected films will be recognized and awarded Best in Show, Award of Excellence, Award of Merit or Award of Recognition.
Best in Show is chosen as the submission receiving the highest overall score. Award of Excellence is presented to those entries showing excellence in film making. Those displaying exceptional artistic or technical performance are presented an Award of Merit. Entries that impress the judges and make an impact in one or several specific categories will receive an Award of Recognition.
No fixed number of awards will be granted. Every submission that meets the level of excellence will receive an award.

A little bit about us…
The festival runs in 4 quarterly online competitions. Entries are accepted as follows:
Winter Selection (December – February)
Spring Selection (March – May)
Summer Selection (June – August)
Autumn Selection (September – November)
The entry deadline for our next selection is November 30th and the winners will be announced at the end of December2021.
We will choose our favorite films from the year to be screened at a gala event to be held online in 2022. The overall winner will receive a prestigious CWFA Trophy.

Submissions will be judged in the following areas (and anything else that we think you have done well):
• Story (Creativity, character development, impact)
• Directing
• Acting
• Cinematography
. Color
• Music
• Special Effects
• Sound

Awards include:
• Best in Show
Every submission meeting the required level of merit will win one or more of the following awards:
• Award of Excellence
• Award of Merit
• Award of Recognition in Creativity
• Award of Recognition in Directing
• Award of Recognition in Acting
• Award of Recognition in Cinematography
• Award of Recognition in Music
• Award of Recognition in Special Effects
• Award of Recognition in Sound
. Award of Recognition in Color Treatment

We will consider the following submission types:
• Feature (Over 40 min)
• Short (Up to 40 min)
• Documentary Feature (Over 40 min)
• Documentary Short (Up to 40 min)
• Music Video
• Trailer
• Screenplay
You are entitled to enter as many films as you like during a festival quarter. If an entry does not win it may be re-submitted in another quarter. We prefer online screeners for the judging process. YouTube or Vimeo links are welcome and we will accept DVDs. We also require an electronic press kit (synopsis and poster or screen grab) to post on our site. Following the festival quarter you can request the removal of your promotional material.

Screenplays should be in PDF format
Project completion date no more than 2 years old
Films can be in English, French or Italian (or with English/French/Italian subtitles)
Screenplays must be in English
CWFA will not make your property available online
We DO accept partially completed films

Accepted entries will receive an Official Selection notification and certificate. After judging is completed, winners will receive a second email with their Winner certificates.
Official Selections and Winners will be posted on our Facebook site.

By submitting your film you agree that you own the rights to it and are responsible for the content. By submitting you are granting CWFA the right to post the name, synopsis and artwork on our website. There is no refund given if your film is not selected for the festival.

Filmmakers are allowed to use the CWFA Laurels on their winning or selected film ONLY. They can be used on posters as well as other related media.

Overall Rating
  • My screenplay for "Death Offers Life - last moments of Vincent Van Gogh" got the award for the Best Screenplay-Short, which is a great encouragement for me. We thank the entire festival team with our hearts.

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Van Gogh is a personal favourite but the screenplay won on its own merit. Well done.

  • Vittorio Caratozzolo

    We are overjoyed to have been in that number... when the films went marching in !
    Thank you very much for the warm hospitality !

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Congratulations and a special greeting to the students who participated in the making of Chemical Industries vs COVID-19. Well done and best wishes on your future film making.

  • Wonderful festival with great movies and many opportunities! Highly recommend !!

    April 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you very much for the review, Razvan. And congratulations on the award for Kourtney of Parkdale.

  • Wow! Great Festival! Thanks for seven awards! Nice contact! Nice people! Very supportive! Always my pleasure!

    January 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Always a pleasure. Thorsten. Thank-you

  • jiaqi liu


    January 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Arctic Night is a very cool documentary. Well done!