The Competition aims to present interesting productions in terms of the story as well as the aesthetics and language of the film.

Our mission is to develop a sustainable platform for presentation of contemporary Feature+Short Film/Documentary/Animation/Screenplay and to turn Muzzle into review venue of filmmakers and cinema fans from all over the world.

IMDb qualifying.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Feature Animation
Best Short Animation
Best Feature Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay
Best Director
Best Leading Actress
Best Leading Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best DOP
Best Sound
Best Original Score
Best Editing
Best Costume Designer

While we consider all genres, if you’re unsure if your film fits our programming, please review our archives.
Studios and Sales Agents: Please do not submit to Muzzle if you require a fee for screening at Muzzle. As a non-profit arts organization, it is not in our budget.

1: Each filmmaker can participate in the competition program for only one film made in the previous year and this year (2020, 2021,2022).
2: Submissions not in English must have English subtitles.

1: The filmmakers accept responsibility for all trademark and copyrighted materials, shown or recorded, on the project and have the necessary releases for a theatrical screening.
2: While we will always ask first, Filmmakers agree that their film, or clips from it, and all other material related to their project may be used and/or published in the event program, Muzzle website, social networking sites, blog, or for other Festival promotional purposes.
3: Filmmakers promise to provide Muzzle with a full electronic press kit that must include a trailer, images for web and print, cast & crew information, and film synopsis. We can't promote you without your help.
4: We ask that you participate in Muzzle as much as possible. If you’re unable to attend your screening, please have a representative attend in your place. Please support your peers and celebrate independent cinema.
5: The cost of delivery and pick-up of all materials is the responsibility of the filmmaker.
6: Take a deep breath, relax, and have fun!

1: Muzzle promises to watch each submission, from start to finish. Guaranteed. You took the time to submit your project to Muzzle and we’ll take the time to watch it. (Please note that your Vimeo counter will not take into account views if embedded into
2: At the end of each submission period, and during the final weeks of our selection process, Muzzle will regularly update the main contact on the status of the film. If you change your email address, please be sure to update Muzzle. Additionally, we ask that you add to your address book, follow @MuzzleAwards on Twitter/Instagram and please do not unsubscribe from our email list until films have been selected. This will ensure you receive all communications from Muzzle during the submission period.
3: Muzzle will never share your contact information, or any part of your film, with a third party without your permission.
4: Upon request, Muzzle will extend screening notes to filmmakers, after the festival has ended.
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Overall Rating
  • A great rising festival. It was an honor to be selected and become a nominee. Having our film AN Artist Activist screened to diverse audiences is our goal and Muzzle helped us in that. The communicated regularly and kept us informed as we are in the South Pacific and unable to attend

    February 2023
  • It was an honor and a thrill to participate and I never expected Pandemic : Chaos is Bleeding to win an award :-)

    February 2023
  • Good communication, with custom laurel and certificates. Enjoyed it very much!

    February 2023
  • Great festival... Thanks for letting me be a part of it !

    February 2023
  • Donald Boudreau

    The integrity of MUZZLE as one of the world's leading film festivals makes it such that through its experience, the screenwriter should he place or secure any win whatsoever for one's work, quickly realizes the respect which it accords given the integrity and esteem within the screenwriting and film communities in which MUZZLE is rightly held due to its fairness and uncompromising artistic integrity, making it a wonderful showcase for any contemporary screenwriters work, indeed. Bravo, and "thank you" to the MUZZLE team and jury for a great job well done!

    February 2023