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.
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 on submission fee. 

Films or pieces submitte to the PAMA must be dated from 2 years maximum before the date of the festival.
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 2016 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.
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.

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 put 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 if available. Your trailer must be on You Tube OR any other platform so we can embed it to our website and to our press releases.

This list is mandatory (except trailer. But if you don't have a trailer, maybe think again). If an element goes missing, your submission may be disqualified or set to incomplete.

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.

The name, country and all elements you fill your FilmFreeway profile with will be used if you get selected to the festival.
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 happesn 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.
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 at movie theaters like the Grand Rex require a DCP.
Screenings at other venues require a 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.

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 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.

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.

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

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

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.

Accepted scripts are un-produced and produced, if your film is of 2017 or 2018. If your film is produced, you have to send us the script.

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.

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
  • 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

    August 2018
    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
    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.

    August 2018
    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
    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
    Response from festival:

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