The Paris Art & Movie Awards (PAMA) is the leading film festival in Paris for independent filmmakers.

Our line up included through the years: Sharon Stone, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Rockwell, Robin Wright, Vladimir Cosma, Laetitia Casta, Kristanna Loken, Mark Dacascos, Caterina Murino, Andrew J. West, Hugo Becker, Jansen Panettiere, Tetsuo Nagata, Leslie Bibb, Melanie et Alain Doutey, Macarena Gomez, French prime Minister Edith Cresson, French Minister Frederic Lefebvre, Emma Bell...

We will celebrate in 2019 our 9th edition with an international, high-quality slate, during a multi-day run.
The City of Paris serves as host to the Festival since its inception, with screenings and special events all over the city, including red carpets, movie premieres, parties, filmmaker’s networking, numerous Q&A's, international spotlights, industry talks and masterclasses, art performances and exhibitions, live music…

We celebrate those who are passionate about their creations. We focus on the humans making the movies : each director/attendee gets to talk about his movie.
We warmly welcome filmmakers and artists from all over the world to gather in Paris to meet new audience, screen and show their latest work, connect with fellow professionals, share their passion.

The 2019 edition will go over two weeks, starting Sept 19 to Sept 23.
The call for entries opens on January 1st, 2019.

You are a movie maker, you aspire to keep making movies, your goal is to step up to the next level in the movie business with each film you make: come to the PAMA.

We are grounded, we have fun, we create connections, we push the movies within our international network and support the filmmakers with our Alumni Network.

We accept short films and feature, in a wide range of categories including documentaries and animation.

Our goal is to help independent filmmakers screening their films, awarding them, show their films to high level industry talents and public figures. We close each year festival by an award ceremony, giving away trophies and certificates and gifts to films, and to filmmakers, cast and crew.

The 2018 edition took place at the Grand Rex, the biggest movie theater in Europe, as well as in many other venues.
2017 edition took place on the CHAMPS ELYSEES, at the BALZAC movie theater.
2016 edition was at the historic UGC movie theater in Saint-Germain des Pres, heart of Paris.
The Festival runs screenings and events since 2011.

Our partners and sponsors include : Grand Rex, BNP Paribas, Final Draft, Etoile Casting, le Blog du Cinéma, Cine Séries Mag, Mulderville, Closapp, Atlantys, Book.fr, We Film Good, Garel, UGC, Radio Campus, Proarti, les Jardins d'Osmane, Script City, Fontenille...

CHARITIES: La Voix de l'Enfant, the American Legion (Paris and L.A), Time's Up and the Me Too Movement.

The « PAMA » has been ranked, as soon as its second year, the second festival not to miss in Paris, by The Culture Trip Magazine. The festival is today the best festival in Paris, the only one to be held in english for international attendance, and the sole offering a real award ceremony.

We keep supporting and promoting winners and nominees long after their nomination or their win : we follow you on Facebook and Instagram, we share your work… We also have a policy of inviting former winners to become Judges, and former nominees to walk on stage to give away awards to their fellow filmmakers.

We are a human scale festival, often compared to the hottest New-York underground and dynamic events. We have partnerships with medias, established companies, and the screening always take place in grand historic venues in Paris.

We are proud to work with the French national charity CHILDREN’S VOICE. We offer free screening to very young kids, who often never went to a movie theatre before, and to young adults, some with difficult family backgrounds.

You can reach us if you have a question using the email address on the left side. We try to answer each email asap, priority always being given to films and filmmakers in actual competition or already having submitted.
Please note we do not grant free submissions.
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2018:
All Judges are on our website :
http://parisartandmovieawards.com/#2018-judges
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2017:
All Judges are on our website :
http://parisartandmovieawards.com/judges/2017-judges
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2016:
- JURY MEMBERS WERE : Mark Dacascos, Melissa Mars, Alain Doutey, Joseph Pearlman, Geraldine Beigbeder...
- News : Imdb pro eligible ! >> http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0003587/
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2015 JUDGES included:
* Maxime Alexandre (DOP "The Hills Have Eyes", "Mirrors", "Voices", "Earth to Echo")
* David Salles (Malavita-The Family, Babysitting, Bref, Maison Close...)
* Gérard Chaillou (Caméra Café, Adèle Blanc Sec, Nicolas Le Floch...)
* Marc Morineau (Canal +)
* Céline Monsarrat (Julia Robert's french voice)
Pictures and profiles on our website : http://parisartandmovieawards.com/jury/
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AN INDEPENDENT MOVIE FESTIVAL
including :
- Awards
- Photocall
- Artistic Recognition
- Networking
- award ceremony

OUR MOTO
We ourselves are a team of directors, actress, DOP, managers and producers, who experienced the creating path of making a movie, and screen it, and struggling to turn it into a success.
We create a large and serious range of awards to reward the best, more originals and more passionate projects we receive.
With this Festival and Award Ceremony, we want to build a moment for artists to connect, and get back home with rewarding experience and for the better : an award from Paris.

GALLERY
previous years: http://parisartandmovieawards.com/#gallery

Our awards are recognized by the movie industry, Imdb & Imdb pro qualifying.
We are reviewed 5/5 stars.
We are labeled GOLD and best reviewed festival on FilmFreeway.
We have been ranked best event not to miss in Paris by The Culture Trip.
We are called the best New-York style festival in PAris.

We screen excellent films. We work with international distribution and production companies.
We have high-level international Judges every year.
We have a winter festival in Los Angeles and an Alumni Network.

You want to make a difference ? Join our network: submit.

AWARDS
2018 : Cristal Plaque laser engraved with a Serge Gainsbourg portrait + Framed award certificates + numerous gifts
2017 : Cristal Plaques laser engraved with a Brigitte Bardot portrait + Framed Award Certificates signed by the 2017 Judges + Letter by the festival's director.
2016 : Bronze Tour Eiffel trophies + Cristal Plaques laser engraved with a Audrey Hepburn portrait.
2015 : Bronze Tour Eiffel Trophies.

2018 PRIZES (full list on our website):
- Final Draft Softwares
- Editing Softwares
- VFX Software
- Books
- DVDs & Blu-Ray of short film MEDIATION (nominated PAMA 2015), one copy signed by Freddy Rodriguez.
- Digital download of THE LOOT award winning Score at the PAMA 2017

2017 prizes :
Brigitte Bardot cristal plaque, framed award certificate
All nominees won : one year submission to Book.fr
Best Actress won : one year submission to Etoile Casting
Best actor won : one year submission to Etoile Casting
Best scriptwriter (feature) won : a Final Draft software
Best scriptwriter (short) won : a Final Draft software

+++ Previous winners here : http://parisartandmovieawards.com/#awards

>>> IMPORTANT <<<
=> Your presence at the Award Ceremony is the core of the festival and the essence of your submission.

+++ See the Award in pics : http://parisartandmovieawards.com/#awards
+++ Also check our Facebook Gallery : https://www.facebook.com/thepama/photos_stream?ref=page_internal

SELECTION PROCESS
1) submission
2) nomination, with laurel. You get featured on our website, and listed in the program and all the press documents.
3) Judges watch all the nominated films. Their vote is final.
4) screening in Paris
5) you walk on stage to claim your award. You make a speech.
6) you become a PAMA Alumni.

SUBMISSION & SUBMISSION FEE
We accept all genres and nationalities and langage for all international categories.
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 Isntagram 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 to the PAMA 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.

MATERIAL
You FilmFreeway profile must include :
- your country
- a poster of your project (wether 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 You Tube 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: contact us.

Your FilmFreeway profile must NOT include
- the type of work next to the title of your film.
Exemples : “ASTONISHING CLIFF EDGE -Music Video-“ is wrong.
“THE LIFE OF JAMES I a short film by Benny Lugosi” is wrong.
“ASTONISHING CLIFF EDGE” and “THE LIFE OF JAMES” are correct.

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 dissapears from your profile, your submission may be set to incomplete or even disqualified, if the incident happens after the official selection.

SOCIAL
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.
French subtitles are mandatory for ANY screening film not french speaking that has dialogs by May 30. We may contact you in advance of that date if the selection committee of the festival feels you may provide the subtitles sooner. If you do not provide, your film may be selected, but will not screen, nor win.

SCREENINGS
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. If you do not provide, you will be disqualified, regardless you have been nominated or not. Exemple : the movies CONTACT and AVE MARIANNE in 2018 were disqualified for not providing the files and DCPs.

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

DISQUALIFICATION & PLAGIARISM
Over the years, we dealt with some disqualifiaction cases and some rare cases of plagiarism.
If your film rises 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.

ATTENDANCE
If you are selected or win, you are expected to attend the festival and the Award Ceremony. If you cannot attend the ceremony, you must find someone in Paris to represent you and claim your award, on stage.
We do not ship trophies.

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

AWARD CEREMONY
Award winners are responsible for picking up (or a representative) trophies or covering the shipping costs if delivered.

SELECTION & NOTIFICATION
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 e-mail with a link to the laurel center and all informations 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.

SCRIPTS
Accepted scripts are un-produced and produced, if your film is of 201, 2018 or 2019. If your film is produced, you have to send us the script.

SCORE & SOUNDTRACK
When you submit a score or a soundtrack, we judge the music, not the film, this is why we request music only.
You must then submit with a single .mp3 file within FilmFreeway. No other format is accepted.
If your score or soundtrack includes more than one track, please have all the songs / tracks rendered in the same single final bounce as a .mp3 file.
If you submit to score and/or soundtrack with a movie : you will not be considered to this category.
If you want to submit your film as Best Film and the score of your film as Best Score, you must submit two times, with two different profiles.

SPECIFICS
The New Media category includes : Web Series / New Medias / Phone Made / 360° / Extreme GoPro Made / Virtuality / Other special production linked to new media, new technology.
Soundtrack means pre-existing music used in a new film. You must have the rights.
Soundtrack song is a song, with lyrics, composed especially for a film. You may submit the film that includes the song, or the music track itself.
Score is original music composed for a film.

LENGTHS including credits.
- shorts > 30 minutes max, recommended under 15 minutes
- features > 105 minutes max, recommended 8-90 minutes
- music videos > 10 minutes max, recommended is the usual 3-4 minutes
- documentaries > under 15 minutes for short docs, under 85 minutes for feature documentaries.
- experimental and visual arts in motion > under 5 minutes
- animation > under 10 minutes
- scripts : feature > under 120 pages ; shorts > under 10 pages
- score and soundtrack > submit your MUSIC ONLY. No length limit.

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

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Lisa Hurel

    Thank you for everything ! My composer Jeanne-Peri Foucault was nominated in the Best Score category for our short film The Bird and WON !! We were both really happy about this win, what made it even more valuable was the other nominees which were great and included already famous people !! It really was an honor to be nominated alongside such great nominees. Great communication from the staff, we even did an interview, and Jeanne-Peri was glad she could walk the red carpet :D

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Lisa for being part of all this. All the best for your next film... Bise.

  • Aviv Mano

    Amazing festival and staff, so happy to have had the privilege of having my animated short screen at PAMA, such an honor!
    Matt and the team have been super communicative, and went out of their way to deliver my certificate to me all the way in California!
    Thank you for all your hard work, I hope we cross paths again!

    August 2018
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    Response from festival:

    It was a pleasure meeting you in Burbank Aviv. I have no doubt you'll keep being very successful... All the best, talk soon. M.

  • Natalie van der Meulen

    I was delighted to win the feature screenplay category this year. The festival was a great experience, Matt and his team were very helpful and engaging. A very rewarding experience.

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Natalie !-)

  • Steffen Hacker

    We had lots of fun at PAMA´s "speed-dating" networking event and loved the exchange with international filmmakers. As the individual screenings unfortunately did not draw the biggest crowds into the venues we hoped it would be more busy for the award night - and WOW, we were blown away, Matt and Auregan created an unforgettable amazing award show in a great location, lots of press, big crowd, cool after-party, professional and witty hosts: all you can possibly ask for! Thanks for screening our film and thanks so much for awarding us!! (not to forget the gigantic gift bags. Bring an extra piece of luggage if you plan to win something! *g*)
    Overall an amazing experience - I just left one single rating star out (4/5) because some filmmakers might attend festivals rather not for networking but to look out for the maximum big crowd. We enjoyed everything, for sure!

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Steffen. You brought an incredible smile and energy to each event you attended. Keep showing this film everywhere and think distribution as soon as now. Your film has the potential.

  • PAMA are a very communicative and positive crew. I would recommend this Film Festival to all. Henry Scott-Irvine Producer Director of Tales From Tin Pan Alley a documentary feature from London.

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Henry. Your work was noticed and we send again our congratulations. All the best for what's next !