The Paris Art and Movie Awards network exists since 2011.
It includes the PAMA, the HAMA, the YVFF, and now the PAMA SESSIONS.
All our events are 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ reviewed here on FilmFreeway.

👉 The Sessions (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) focuse on networking, of course screenings, and creating a regular rendez-vous for filmmakers to promote their films and enter the network.

Winter Session 2021 exclusive:

We are constantly working on building and expanding our international network and platform, for the filmmakers to use all year long.
Our team is made of filmmakers and active professionals in the movie, music and advertising industries, based in France, UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Asia, South America.

The PAMA is listed "#1 film festival in Paris, France" by for FOX, NBC, CBS and Authority Magazine.

The Winter Session is our 2021 launch, for all active and motivated filmmakers.
See Mission Statement, history and program below.

This year, more than ever, we listened to the filmmakers attending our events, and it became extremely clear that in today’s world, screenings themselves are not the main item independent creators are expecting from a film festival. We, creators, need is a solid platform to talk about the movies we’ve made, and scripts we’ve written.

This is what the Winter Session is a safe space to show, share and promote your work, with a heavy focus on networking, to connect with fellow filmmakers and go straight to the point.
Matt Beurois
In 2021 at the PAMA, every panel came with a networking session. Documentary filmmakers had the chance to chat with their peers. Animators could ask question to their fellow animators. Directors had a panel for each category, and on top of that, an international roundtable with Alex Proyas (Sitges winner & Cannes, Academy of Science Fiction, Filmquest nominee), and a French roundtable to discuss the state of cinema in 2021.

These dozens of networking opportunities met with a tremendous success, and they are the place where things can change. You sure learn, you easily connect, you must network.

The Winter Sessions are about that. Show the film > Discuss it > Meet your peers on a direct level.

The first Winter Session will take place December 18 + 19, 2021.

🗓 Dec 10
Submission deadline.

🗓 Dec 13
Notification date on FilmFreeway.

🗓 Dec 14-17
Movies made available for all participating filmmakers to watch ahead of the networking sessions.

🗓 Dec 18
Best Short Film > public screening + networking

Best Documentary > public screening + networking

Best Student Short Film > public screening + networking

Best Feature Script & Best Short Script > discussion with the winners + networking

Networking session with all Winter Sessions winners

🗓 Dec 19
Best Feature Film > public screening + networking

Best Animated Short Film > public screening + networking

Best Music Video > public screening + networking

Alumni networking event

🎞️ PRESS 🎞️
FOX: "The number 1 film festival in Paris, France"
AUTHORITY MAGAZINE: "screenings on the Champs-Elysees, and in all the most historic movie theaters of the City of Love"

You can enter the network through any of our events, then benefit from the perks or the PAMA-HAMA-YVFF events and connections.
The Winter Session focuses on networking first of all.

🏆 Winning award for every category
🤝 Networking offered to every participant
📽️ Screening for every winning film
💵 Free submission to the Yucca Valley Film Festival for all winners
🧜‍♀️ Free access to watch the Siren Reunion -PAMA network exclusive.
🎬 Free access to watch the directors roundtable with Alex Proyas, Nick Powell and Eric Swinderman -PAMA network exclusive.

Our awards are recognized by the movie industry, Imdb & Imdb pro qualifying.
We are:
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - all our events are reviewed 5/5 stars on FilmFreeway
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - ranked "#1 film festival in Paris" by CBS, NBC, FOX, Authority Magazine.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - ranked by The Culture Trip best event not to miss in Paris
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - ranked by Time Out best local event
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - labeled GOLD by FilmFreeway
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - "a must watch" on the platform XERB.

All event dates will be set by the festival. It is the artist/submitter responsibility to make one self available to the set time and date.
Festival is not responsible of any change in guests and participants availability.

We accept all genres and nationalities and language for all international categories.
Work may be entered into more than one category and will be reviewed separately for each category entered. All entries entered into multiple categories will be eligible for recognition in each and will be judged accordingly.
You are allowed to have multiple entries and submit to multiple categories, with the same or different films. Each category requires its own fee.
Entries are non refundable.
Please check the recommended lengths.
We do not provide free submissions.
We do not provide free submissions to movies from Iran.
We sometimes offer discounts : follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
We do not review movie submissions sent directly to us by email, unless we requested it. We only accept online digital submissions via selected platforms.
Each entry and submission category must have its own submission fee. 

Films or pieces submitted must be dated from 2 years maximum before the date of the festival.
If you submitted to the wrong category, contact us (there may be a fee).
If selected, you grant the PAMA the right to utilize any image, excerpt, titles, words you submitted to us, for promotion purposes.
The festival organizers may refuse any illegal, non-artistic, fake, false, incomplete entries.
Each student film submitted has to provide proof of studies. If you do not provide, your entry may not make it to selection and be set to incomplete or end up disqualified.
Animated short films (even student made) must submit to animated category.
Animated features (even student made) must submit to feature category.
A documentary (even student made) must submit to the documentary category,
Works in progress are not accepted.

This is an additionnal category. For consideration, you must submit to the category-ies of your choice and then ad the “Spotlight” category.
Submit to “Spotlight” and you will be considered for our regular live streams (monthly, then weekly all along 2021) destined to promote new submitters and Alumni members.
Being selected to “Spotlight” does not guarantee a selection at the festival, but guarantees your appearance during a live stream before the Festival starts.
If you submit only to the “Weekly Spotlight” category you will not be considered. You must submit to the category of your choice, and ad the “Spotlight” category.

When selected to SPOTLIGHT you'll receive a confirmation email with link and technical details. This is a live show: all instructions must be followed.
Late arrival on the day will have your appearance cancelled, publicly announced, not rescheduled, and your film submission will be disqualified. No refunds.

Submitting to SPOTLIGHT you agree to all the rules listed on this page, including waiving your rights, authorizing the festival and its affiliates and partners to use and broadcast the content created.

Special offers, discounts, invitations do not guarantee a selection.

In the case of networking events accessible to submitters placing in the official selection: all event dates will be set by the festival. It is the artist/submitter responsibility to make one self available to the set time and date.
We do not ship trophies or certificates.

You FilmFreeway profile must include :
- your country
- a poster of your project (whether it is a film, a script, or any piece of work. You don’t have one -> We can recommend a couple of designers).
- minimum 5 lines about your project (synopsis)
- a biography of the director or the artist.
- at least 2 pictures from the film with no watermarking.
- a trailer will be used. Your trailer must be on YouTube OR any other platform so we can embed it to our website and to our press releases. If you have no trailer: we can recommend several editors.

If an element goes missing or is not ready yet: tell us.

The names, title, country and all elements you fill your FilmFreeway profile with will be used if you get selected to the festival. Fill your profile fully and careful.
ALL communications are sent to the email address you provide. The festival is not responsible for any lost communication whatsoever.

Your FilmFreeway profile must provide a direct access to your work (video, film, photo) at all times. If your film or video disappears from your profile, your submission may be set to incomplete or even disqualified, if the incident happens after the official selection.

We strongly recommend you have a Facebook and/or Twitter and/or Instagram page for your project or film so we can fully promote you.
We strongly recommend to supply us with a 59 seconds maximum version of your trailer, for Instagram purposes. We may decide not to use your file if it does not meet ou quality standards.

Screenings at movie theaters like the Grand Rex require a DCP. We offer very accessible DCP services via our Paris studio, ask us.
Screenings at other venues require a HD digital file, sent by WeTransfer, following these specifications : .mp4, H264. Films below 5 minutes : less than 500MO. Films 5 to 10 minutes : less than 1G. Films 10 to 30 minutes : less than 2G. Feature films : less than 5G.
NO .mov will be used.
It is your responsibility to provide with the proper screening file, whether this demands a DCP or a special format.

The festival management alone validates the past and present Alumni Members. For more on this, please check our website.

Over the years, we dealt with some disqualification cases and some rare cases of plagiarism.
If your film raises some concerns about illegal copy or plagiarism, the case will be discussed. You may face public announcement. If the management team feels so, the submission platform will be alerted.
Once the decision of the festival is made on a case, it is definitive. Our decisions are made and remain public.
If you are selected or win, you are expected to attend the festival and participate.
If we face a situation with no response or no confirmation of participation, this obviously is the opposite of the will to network.
We then reserve the right to un-select the project and/or replace it.
If you confirm participation but do not show up, you will be unselected and disqualified.

The festival does NOT take care of travel nor accommodation expenses. We provide with a list of serious addresses.

We may announce the first nominees before the notification date. This does not mean the selection is complete, this means we may make a first wave of selection to facilitate attendance.
When you receive the first platform update as a selected submission, that means you are selected, and you get an Official Selection Laurel. The selection does not grant a screening in every case, please check our website.
We cannot give each submitter a personal answer regarding their selection.
The selected talents receive an email with a link to the laurel center and all information about the festival.
If you're not selected, your movie status will be updated on FilmFreeway, and the platform will send an automatic notification at due date.

Any insult or ill intended comment or email or message will results in immediate disqualification and blacklisting.
If your film has dozens or hundreds of awards, it does not mean it is good. Very few festivals and competition actually have some value. We will not respond to trolls.

Accepted scripts are only un-produced, 2018 or later.

We accept short movies, feature, short script/screenplay, feature script/screenplay, drama, horror, fantasy, comedy, documentary, animation, student, music video...

Our listed dates are anticipated dates.
Dates may change depending on local health regulations in Paris, as well as venues availability and best dates for press promotion.
Our 2021 edition may be in-person, mixed event, or fully digital depending on local regulations, anticipated venues availability and international travel possibilities.

Our event will respect all local Covid regulations.

Overall Rating
  • The PAMA Sessions are the best thing that happened to me.

    The film has gone through many obstacles, like the four-month lockdown from hell in Vietnam where nobody could leave their homes, or the one year it took me to finish it because of COVID interfering and affecting post-production immensely.
    There were people who told me not to do a Vietnamese sci-fi, not to write, direct and most importantly be the lead all at once or shoot it entirely in Vietnamese because I wouldn't stand a chance against English language films. Luckily I didn't listen to those voices and pulled through but to those who believed and supported me.
    We won, no one can take that away from me.
    I can not mention enough what that means to me. I am motivated to shoot more in my home country and my home language knowing there are people out there like the ones from PAMA who would appreciate it. Thanks for this opportunity and encouraging me to do my thing nomatterwhat the obstacles are.

    August 2022
  • Pelayo de Lario

    An honour and a fantastic experience. I hope to meet you again next year!!

    December 2021