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 August 31st and the winners will be announced at the end of September 2022.
We will choose our favorite films from the year to be screened at a gala event to be held online in 2023. 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
  • Keith Harris

    Review for 'She's An Instagram Model' by Keith Orlando Harris. Thank you so much to the Cinema World Fest Awards for awarding my debut music video with a win. Since then, my music video has won 19 awards total and Cinema World Fest Awards was part of making that happen. Thank you so much for all of your help.

    May 2022
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    Response from festival:

    That's great news, Keith. I'm sure it is all due to your talent.
    Thank-you for sharing.

  • Sara Bahramjahan

    That’s amazing. The ChildFree had a chance to win this festival.

    April 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Well done, Sara. We appreciated your view on this interesting topic.
    Thank-you for taking the time to review.

  • Robert Craig

    Awesome festival! They are great and I'm so happy that they were able to judge our screenplay and also honor us with BEST FEATURE SCREENPLAY award. Cudos to Cinema World Fest Awards!

    April 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for sharing Amy and Angel. It is a wonderful story and we look forward to seeing it come to life.

  • Mohsen Mohammadi

    I'm really honored that my film has won the best experimental short film in your festival. I LIKE to be included in all the process and I hope in the future it changes and the selected and also award winners be more involved in your festival. Thanks again and congrats to you guys.

    January 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you for your feedback, Mohsen. We will consider how filmmakers can participate more.
    And thank-you for submitting viewpoint. Of your many options, we appreciate that Cinema WorldFest Awards was one of your choices.

  • I am very happy to have my music video Vai não Vai awarded in the festival. Thanks for all the festival team. I hope we can celebrate in person. That would be great. Please don´t forget to email my certificate again ´couse I checked my spam and it´s not there too. Thanks again for the award!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank-you, Sabrina, for participating in our festival and for reviewing. I have re-sent your certificate. Who knows where the first email disappeared to?
    Best of luck with this and your next projects.