The 2018 edition will go from June 20th to June 25th.
The call for entries started on December 18th, 2018. On that day in 1963 was released the movie CHARADE, starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant.

The Paris Art and Movie Awards is the leading independent film festival in Paris.
The 2017 edition took place on the CHAMPS ELYSEES, at the BALZAC movie theater. President of the 2017 Jury was French actress MELANIE DOUTEY.
The Festival runs screenings and events since 2011.

Our partners and sponsors include : Final Draft, BNP Paribas, Etoile Casting, le Blog du Cinéma, Cine Séries Mag, Atlantys,, We Film Good, Garel, UGC, Radio Campus, and the charity La Voix de l'Enfant.

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 leading independent festival in Paris, the only one to be held in english for international attendance, and the sole offering a real award ceremony.

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

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.

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, since first year, 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.
2017 :
All Judges are on our website :
- Festival took place on July 25th, in leading UCG movie theatre venue. Check all the stills on our facebook page, and album on FilmFreeway.
- JURY MEMBERS WERE : Mark Dacascos, Melissa Mars, Alain Doutey, Joseph Pearlman, Quentin Lecocq, Charles Tentindo, Graldine Beigbeder, Marc Morineau.
- The PARIS ART AND MOVIE AWARDS has been ranked 2nd of the 7 festivals not to miss in Paris by Culture Trip :
- New 2016 Partner : FINAL DRAFT !
- News : Imdb pro eligible ! >>
The PAMA is an international festival that screens independent films in their original langage. Our festival celebrates those who are passionate about their creations. We are a festival focused 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.
Our 2015 JUDGES were :
* 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 +)
* Géraldine Beigbeder (artist and screenwriter)
* Joseph Pearlman (Coach and founder of Pearlman Acting Academy, Los Angeles)
* Céline Monsarrat (Julia Robert's french voice)
Pictures and profiles on our website :
open to competition :
* International short
* French Short
* Script short
* Script long
* Feature
* Music Video
* Documentary
* Experimental and Visual Arts in Motion
* Animation

including :
- Awards
- Photocall
- Artistic Recognition
- Networking
- award ceremony

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 of artists who attended previous year :

Our awards are recognized by the movie industry.
We have been label numerous times best reviewed festival on FilmFreeway.
We have been raned best event not to miss in Paris by The Culture Trip.
We have been called the best New-York style festival in PAris.

We screen excellent films. We work with international distribution 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 us.

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 :
- 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 :
winners will be given either a Brigitte Bardot cristal plaque, or a framed award certificate
All nominees will win : one year submission to
Best Actress will win : one year submission to Etoile Casting
Best actor will win : one year submission to Etoile Casting
Best scriptwriter (feature) 2017 will win : a Final Draft softawre
Best scriptwriter (short) 2017 will win : a Final Draft softawre

2017 AWARDS -selection-
* Best Short of the year
* Best director (in a short)
* Best Feature
* Best actor
* Best actress
* Best Director of Photography
* Best Short Script
* Best Feature Script
* NEW : Best Soundtrack
* Best Music Video of the year
* Best animation
* Best documentary
* Best Experimental and Visual Arts in Motion

+++ Previous winners here :

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

+++ See the Award in pics :
+++ Also check our Facebook Gallery :

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

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.

A poster and a trailer (or excerpt) are mandatory to enter official selection. If you do not provide, it is up to the festival's management to keep, or disqualify your film.
Your trailer must be on You Tube OR any other platform so we can embed it to our website and to our press releases.

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.

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.
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.
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 may send trophies at your expenses with an payment in advance by Paypal.
Works in progress are accepted if you submit the final work by May 30.

We only accept online digital submissions.
After too many cases of fraud, we do not offer special fee for students films anymore. You may submit to the Student category. Each student film submitted has to provide proof of studies. If you do not provide, your entry will not make it to selection.

Documentaries films and animated films must to submit to animated or documentary category, even is made as a student.

Each entry and submission category must have its on submission fee. 

If you submitted to the wrong category, the festival may ask you to pay the fee difference if there is one, using Paypal.
Films, videos and scripts can be from any year 
starting 2010 included.
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.

The festival does NOT take care of travel nor accommodation expenses. We can give you good adresses of hotels in a walking distance to the festival.

Our official notification date is the day after the final day of entries, BUT : we may announce the first nominees starting in April, depending on the selection committee, the films received.
When you receive the first platform update, that means you are selected, and you get an Official Nomination in Competition Laurel. The selection does not grant a screening.
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 FF will send an automatic notification to due date.
Accepted scripts are un-produced and produced, if your film is of 2017 or 2016. If your film is produced, you have to send us the script. We may request a movie screener.
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.

- shorts > under 25 minutes, best if under 15 minutes
- features > under 105 minutes, best if 80-90 minutes
- music videos > under 7 minutes, best if the usual 3-4 minutes
- documentaries > under 15 minutes for short docs, under 85 minutes for feature documentaires.
- 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
  • Taylor Ann

    It was an honor to have my photograph selected. I, unfortunately, couldn't make it to the festival, but all the people I spoke with (via email) and the people I have met through the Fest's facebook group are very lovely. I am planning to enter again with another photograph.

    January 2018
    Response from festival:

    Well Taylor your photograph was great and really appreciated. Adèle Godefroy, multi-awarded Parisian photographer published a review on your work saying "Looking at the picture makes us knocking at the small door". Looking forward discovering your next work.

  • donshades mcnulty

    Brilliant festival run by a great team who really care about the film makers, and award great storytelling. Brilliant communication throughout the process. Many thanks to PAMA!

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Wow, thanks a lot... We wish you the best for your next projects !

  • jonas dinal

    Great selection, great professional jury and it's great to have some time to speak about our film in front of the public. So... Great festival!!!
    Thank you again to invite my movie.

    July 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hey Jonas, thanks for your review. You got very successful with your Best Director award and the Best Actor for Moussa, and that's well deserved. Hope you keep going with such a great quality of filmmaking.

  • Markus Thorington

    The festival organizers were very communicative - though we did not get to attend the festival, I would definitely recommend submitting. Great experience!

    July 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Markus. I hope all the pictures we have on Facebook and so will help to give you a taste of the festival !

  • chidi nobi

    I had a great time at the festival. It was well run in a great theater just off the Champs Elysees. I would definitely go again.

    July 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Chidi. Your documentary is of very high quality, and sincere. We wish your all the best for the "hu.mans" series and your other projects. Hope to catch up again.