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 (2022, 2023, 2024).
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
  • Thanks for a great festival !!!!!!!

    October 2023
  • While I appreciate being an Award Winner, it was never communicated as to what category my film won. So thanks? I guess.

    October 2023
  • Ralph Halse

    Very smooth process, with no obstacles

    October 2023
  • Very good festival thank you for nomination

    October 2023
  • Christina Suraci

    Super happy to be in Muzzle

    October 2023