Detroit Filmmakers Awards is a cinematic organization that was founded to celebrate the achievement of independent filmmakers and recognize the talent that independent filmmakers contribute to the industry nationwide. The organization also offers resources, support, and recognition to film and filmmakers. Our goal is to recognize up and coming Filmmakers that create diverse stories and employs diverse working hands.

The Prestigious DFA Award.

To be considered: 

Feature  Film must be 60+ mins in length

Short film must be under 30 mins

Web series must be 4+ episodes to be considered. 

Music Video submission must be shot by a director from Detroit and artist from Detroit.

Submission must be made by production company (producer) and or director of project.

2 films per production company.

Film must be completed during Feb. 2022 - Feb 1, 2023.

Submissions must be made via FilmFreeway.

The peer review group has the right to approve or deny deadline extension for any submission. 

Detroit Filmmakers Award Board will select the nominees and Peer Review Groups will select winners in each category. 

Peer Review Groups are comprised of professionals in their respective art forms from around the country that will privately review and score films.

Nomination announcements will take place TBA .  

DFA will list 2 official representatives of the nominated program. 

Only 1 award will be presented to the winning film/program. Additional awards can be requested at the cost to the winning film/program. Maximum of 3 statues will be duplicated with no additional or information or changes to existing information. These statues will only be duplicated for production categories.

Overall Rating
  • Richard Bass

    Everyone was friendly, open and it was a wonderful experience.

    February 2024
  • The Detroit Filmmaking awards was a tremendous experience. It superseded all my expectations. I had a great time networking with the best talent in Michigan.

    June 2022