NOV 2020 Update. Dear Filmmakers. Thank you for your understanding during these challenging times. We are comitted to acknowledging the absolute biest in action indie films and will be announcing all nominations for each catergory on NOV 26.

Dear filmmakers. Despite our best efforts and continued hard work to bring a live awards show and showcase, it is with regret that we have to announce that the awards show and showcase will be cancelled this year due to the Stage 4 lock down laws enforced on the state of Victoria during the pandemic. These lock downs include the closure of businesses, including our intended venue at Lido Cinemas which have informed us that they cannot accommodate us at this time. We understand this is a challenging time for everyone but we are working on announcing our monthly winners and annual nominees for each award in the hopes of having an online showcase later this year. Further details will be sent out to each filmmaker who has entered our awards season.
Stay safe - IAFA Team

​International Action Film Awards is a monthly film festival which aims to celebrate and recognise the best Martial Arts and Action Films from around the globe. The Action and Martial Arts Genre is often overlooked in the film award world despite it being one of the most popular, one of the important reasons why we decided to start these awards.

Our mission is to promote and celebrate independent filmmakers of Action films from across the globe. We are filmmakers and TV and Film industry professionals and along with our panel of expert judges we take film-making seriously and we love Action films! We produce Action films so we understand the challenges and the process it takes to make an Action film come to life. We want to promote and celebrate the directors, the incredible performers, martial artists, stunt coordinators and fight choreographers that work so hard to bring these films to life.

Each month, our jury of industry experts will award the best films through private screenings. A best of Fest event will take place in the following year where we will award the best films of the year!

International Action Film Awards have an exclusive partnership with online blog and review platform Film Combat Syndicate. Each month, the official selections, and winners will receive coverage and/or filmmaker interviews. This is of great benefit to filmmakers as it falls in line with our mission to get these films noticed and the filmmakers into the spotlight. The site gains over 130,000 unique views and is sure to boost projects and filmmakers amongst the action lovers around the world!


Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actress
Best Stunt Coordinator
Best Fight Choreography
Best Gun Choreography
Best Car Chase
Best Action Team
Best Original Score
Best Sound Design
Best Stunt Performer
Best Action Sequence
Best Action Scene (Stand alone)
Best Editing
Best VFX
Best Cinematography

IMPORTANT: You must select a main category (Either short film or feature film) to be eligible for additional entries in sub categories. This will also give every filmmaker an even chance to win Best film of the month.

What we’re looking for?
Story-based Martial Arts or Action films in the form of narrative (fiction)
​Stand Alone Martial Arts or Action Scenes ​

A Short Film is considered 30 minutes or less (including credits)
A Feature film is considered 60 minutes or more

By submitting your film, take note that:
- You agree to use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster/stills) for promotional purpose.
- Entry fees are non-refundable.
- Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be considered in multiple categories.
- The films will not be available online.

We do not accept:
1. Amateur videos
2. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations
3. Films involving politics / films promoting political agenda
4. Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD)

1. Upload an official poster
2. Synopsis
3. Vimeo/ Youtube link or upload your film to FilmFreeway submission page.

We do not accept DVD, Blue Ray or DCP files. We accept all genre in any language, from around the world. Please select the right category while submitting to avoid disqualification.

International Action Film Awards is hereby granted the rights to utilise an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorised to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.
The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless International Action Film Awards, 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, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

By submitting your film to the International Action Film Awards the individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorised to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations.