The IMDb qualified’s Palm Springs Movie Awards is a seasonal hybrid film festival celebrating short and feature films. It aims to be one of North America’s leading film festivals for international filmmakers. It is a unique platform for new talent and celebrates cinematic creativity and innovation. The festival attracts a broad selection of filmmakers working in every genre and format and offers the region's people and visitors an extraordinary chance to glimpse the future of cinema. The festival prides itself upon providing opportunities for talented directors, producers, writers, actors and crew members worldwide to learn together and exhibit their work in a stimulating international environment. The festival is open to any film in any genre and prioritizes low-budget films of independent spirit. The festival aims to provide a cultural alternative to the commercial film experience, support independent filmmakers, and promote the art of filmmaking. It was established to utilize the power of film to further the goal of intercultural understanding among nations and to assist in the building of a shared artistic experience. During each season, films submitted to the festival are judged by our International Jury on their overall creative and technical quality on a performance scale. All the winner projects will be screened online; few of the winners will be considered for the physical screening.

Categories & Awards
Palm Spring Movie Awards will recognise the year’s best shorts and features working in their genres:

Best Narrative Short
Best Feature Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Feature Director
Best Actress for a feature film
Best Actor for a feature film
Best Feature Script
Best Feature Unproduced Script
Best Short Documentary
Best Sci-Fi Short
Best Horror Short
Best LGBT Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Student Short
Best Animated Short
Best Short Short
Best Music Video
Best Comedy Short
Best Director for a short
Best Actor for a short
Best Actress for a short
Best Script for a short
Best Unproduced Script for a short

*Term & Rules*
All films in all genres will be considered. We consider a short short to be under 5 minutes. Filmmakers certify they have the rights to music used in their films. Please upload a digital screener to FilmFreeway

For Short Films, the films need to be 50 minutes or less. We prefer most films sit on the shorter end of that spectrum—the average film we feature is 10 minutes. The longer your film (over 15 minutes), the tougher judges we tend to be.

For Feature Films, the films need to be at least 50 minutes.

*Premier Status *
No premiere status is required. So, don’t wait to submit your film.

We require films to have all necessary rights and releases secured for us to feature them. Yes, this includes music.

*Free to View:*
We only select films that are free for audiences.

**What We Look For*
We look for great stories that brave new territory. We value great characters, interesting new worlds, and stories that surprise us over fancy visual effects, famous actors, or silly one-liners that often feed much of online videos. The best way to understand what we look for is to watch the short films in our collection. You can get a good sense of our taste by looking at what we have curated in the past.

*What We Avoid*
We have no hard and fast rules. Every film is different and there are always exceptions. In general, though, the following tend to not be a good fit for us

*Refund Policy*
Unfortunately we cannot refund a submission fee once you’ve submitted your film. Please make absolutely sure you want to submit your film before doing so. As with other festivals, your fee is paid for your film to be considered. By no means does submitting your film guarantee that your film will be accepted for Short of the Week. If your film is not accepted, your submission fee is not refunded. We receive thousands of submissions every year and only about 4% are selected.

Overall Rating
  • Was thrilled to be a semi finalist in the Palm Springs Film Festival! Looking forward to entering this festival in the future. They are tops!!!!!!

    August 2022
  • Maria Brenda

    Thank you so much for recognizing my work.

    July 2022
  • Great experience, and such an honor for "Displaced" to be Semi-Finalist! Will definitely submit films in the future.

    June 2022
  • alfred williams

    Thanks for allowing my two films Alien Invasion Now and Xochipilli into your wonderful festival...
    Alfred M. Williams Writer Director

    June 2022
  • James A. Warda

    We were very pleased to be part of the festival. Thank You!

    June 2022