The Maverick Movie Awards exists to honor the art and craftsmanship of groundbreaking cinema. We offer an increasingly unique and truly competitive opportunity to test your mettle where the budget is immaterial, the star power is inconsequential, and any and all true independent, underground, student project and even studio backed films submitted to us are eligible to receive a Maverick Movie Award.

Mavericks earn their stripes!

We are an actual contest for true artists and not an "endorsement-by-entry" awards platform for rubber neckers. In other words, merely submitting a movie or series for consideration to the Maverick Movie Awards will not in and of itself guarantee a nomination, let alone an award. So if you're ready to get your distinction on, please submit your movie with confidence knowing it will be treated with the utmost respect and attention you and your collaborators have earned by getting it done and out into the world.

We not only watch every single submission, we critically examine it!

What we want to see is work made with clear vision and a clever approach to storytelling. We want to dance on the ground you break and gutsy moviemakers are encouraged to submit to our intensive review process.

We can dig it!

The Maverick Movie Awards recognize and celebrate everything from big-budget pictures to low-budget indies, global issue documentaries, screwball comedies, computer-animated movies, action-horror flicks, video art, found footage, music videos, webisodes and everything in-between. And as a cooperative of moviemakers honoring moviemakers with no screening events to organize and therefore distract us from our mission - nor jeopardize premiere status for any other competition or festival submission - we're ready to recognize and laud your work as a true maverick!

Once we've reviewed all the movie submissions received in a given year they are separated by feature, short and web series in length and classified an a qualified entry. After each qualified entry has been examined and reviewed, a moviemaker is eligible to receive one or more MAVERICK MOVIE AWARD nomination in each award category with the award winner selected from a list of no less than TWO and no more than TEN nominees. We issue only one award in each category.

We reserve the right to not issue an award by de facto. If we receive only one entry for consideration of any particular category we will examine said movie within the context of its genre and decide whether or not that movie merits the award for its category. In other words, a movie doesn't automatically win an award for being the sole entry in any given category. Also, we may choose to increase or decrease nominations in any category, add and remove categories, and re-categorize entries as long as the change of criteria extends to all qualified entries equitably.

We NEVER nominate to nominate because we merely received a movie for consideration. MMA is not a "pay-to-play" platform and rest assured we EXAMINE every detail.

​So without further ado, the Maverick Movie Award categories are:

BEST WEB SERIES (by season)

In recognition of production in feature, short, and web series:

In recognition of the acting craft in feature, short and web series:

At our discretion we may offer an award for any remarkable detail we recognize as a significant accomplishment in its execution or completion of a movie or series. In the past, we've honored particular lines of dialogue, an artist's unique expression of a character or plot point and other maverick badassery in general.

Excluding commercial and industrial work, all motion pictures produced within the last three years are eligible. Unless there are no qualifiers for a specific award, one Maverick Award honor is bestowed upon one of any number of qualified nominees in each length of feature, short and web series with the potential for any number of Special Achievement awards for any entry for any reason.

Award and nominee selections are made by the cooperative’s judges and/or directors and are final. Screeners submitted for review via physical media will not be returned and your entry may not be withdrawn from awards consideration once it has been screened and vetted by the awards submission team. Nominations may be declined by any honoree for any reason but please keep in mind that you are then taking an opportunity away from a fellow creative who may have benefitted from the recognition instead should you decide to decline a nomination once it has been posted on our website. (Don't be that asshole.)

Nominees and winners are posted on our website,, at the close of each season with each preceding season archived for posterity. Excluding sponsored prizes where applicable, the Maverick Movie Awards does not provide trophies, plaques, paper certificates, or any type of material Maverick Award; however, the MMA does provide winners and nominees with access to free downloadable Maverick Movie Award certificates or a limited license to use of our artwork in order to craft your own trophies, certificates and/or laurels as for your movie's or series' marketing purposes only. If selected, the moviemaker, controlling company, and/or submitter grants unrestricted rights/permission to the Maverick Movie Awards to list and promote the winning and/or nominated movie (not the movie itself, trailers, or any online content), its advertising/promotional material(s), as well as any individual, group, company, and/or organization listed in the movie credits for the life of the Maverick Movie Awards.

The Maverick Movie Awards does not pay any fees to list and/or promote submitted and/or selected movies or associated promotional/advertising material(s). The moviemaker, controlling company, and/or submitter attests that any and all image, music, and/or other applicable rights have been legally cleared and granted.

If not selected (and also as this may apply to those selected as Maverick Award winners or nominees), the moviemaker, controlling company, and/or submitter agrees to act like a grownup person (even if you are a minor) and not to sue or threaten to sue the Maverick Movie Awards, its parent company, its directors, staff, volunteers, sponsors, affiliates, and/or partners, or to take legal action or inflict litigation of any kind, and furthermore promises not to crank call us, write us flaming e-mails, or write, publish, and/or disseminate any derogatory whining or disgruntled rants anywhere, including Internet postings, blogs, tweets, or social media outlets of any kind, etc., etc.

By submitting to the Maverick Movie Awards the moviemaker, controlling company, and/or submitter agrees that they have the right and authority to submit and have read, fully understand, and unconditionally agree to all of the Maverick Movie Awards’ submission guidelines and the complete terms and conditions of the Maverick Movie Awards.

Overall Rating
  • Keith Barnfather

    A really well organised festival. With judges that really understand film and television. Honoured to be nominated and awarded. We will certainly be submitting again. Highly recommended.

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Keith. :-) We're THRILLED to have you as part of our alumni. Keep making great films.

  • Amber Rose McNeill

    EDITED: I love the idea of this festival (peer reviewing) and am very happy to have been nominated but there was zero communication after the nomination and no way to look at the list of winners from each category. Their website, Facebook page, Twitter and IMDb has not been updated since 2020. This could be a really great festival with better communication and updating of at least their social media and IMDb pages. The transparency is lacking when nominees can’t see who won in each category.

    ADDED AFTER RESPONSE TO ORIGINAL POST: wow... this is the rudest response to an honest review of my experience with this festival. Since I didn’t see my film on the website under 2020 I assumed it was a typo in the email since the judging took place in 2021. And I in no way expect promotion, I’m quite cabale of doing that myself, I simply used this to illustrate that there wasn’t a way to check winners. And instead of being professional in your response, you wrote the the below response. Critique and bad reviews are a part of running a festival. Your response furthers my issue with poor communication surrounding this festival. Had your response not been so rude and hostile, I might have considered changing my review re the miscommunication. I have no issue with working out a miscommunication amicably. There was no ill will in my initial review, I was being honest about my experience as I saw it. Really sad to see such patronising language coming from a festival that on paper looks great and supportive to filmmakers.

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    I wish you had felt you could email us your concerns before posting this review. Communication goes both ways. We had no idea you were feeling frustrated. Also, we are not a Twitter, Facebook, IMDB promotion machine. We're a peer reviewed awards event which you are aware of since you state it in your review.

    You were nominated for our 2020 awards season --thus the 2020 reference is not really anything I will comment on. It's self explanatory. Nominees were notified by email and told of the date winners would be announced. We send a second email only to the winners. Because why would we send a "not selected" letter to nominees to tell them they were not selected as a winner? We'd rather celebrate the nomination. We think a peer-reviewed nomination is valuable. Apparently you don't feel the same.

    The first line on our webstie has a link to the winners list. If you have trouble finding that, please go to directly for all of the details.

    Wishing you continued success in filmmaking.

  • Dr. Bob Abell

    The 2019 nomination of Corporate Prey for Best Picture and Best Cinematographer in the features category emphasizes Maverick's commitment to judge craft over star power, budget, and previous fame. As a first time director/producer with an extremely talented set of young actors, it is uniquely valuable to our entire team to have the recognition of their craft that Maverick Movie Awards delivers. Thank you to the Maverick team for their commitment to levelling the playing field.

    March 2020
  • Buddy & the Professor Productions

    Maverick Movie Awards is the place to submit your film if you want a fair shake - especially if your film is experimental like our short-film, "The Purse: A Dream in Two Acts" which just won Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (my second year in a row receiving this honor!), and Best Supporting Actress with a Nomination for Best Picture.

    Our film, which is a surrealist comedy - we've been pitching it as David Lynch meets Monty Python - has been getting rejected by festivals left and right. This is something we anticipated since we knew that the aesthetic of our weird film, written in prose poetry, would probably not gel well with other films in a block but, at the same time, we were hoping someone would give us a chance. Thankfully, with Maverick Movie Awards, the need for a film to gel aesthetically with other films is not an issue. They literally judge based on excellence and excellence alone. MMA is an annual event (unlike so many other lame, meaningless awards competitions that happen multiple times per year just to take your money) that used to be a film festival. The judges remain anonymous and the requirements to be a judge are rigorous. In other words: earning a nomination or award from Maverick Movie Awards means something. We couldn't possibly be more thrilled to have won these awards and are incredibly grateful to Maverick Movie Awards for giving our weirdness a chance.

    March 2020
  • Sirio Sechi

    It looks like a fake festival. They nominee my film and then, nothing, no update, poor website.

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hey Sirio. Sounds like you feel that you didn't get enough communication. Thanks for submitting your film and Congrats on the cinematography nomination. Nominations were announced on Feb 14. Then award winners were announced Feb 16 through Film Freeway, our Facebook page, and Twitter.

    We're very transparent that we're not a screening event. We're peers honoring peers in Indie filmmaking. And, our website gets the job done. Could probably use an update soon. Thanks for the suggestion.