"The Paris Art & Movie Awards Film Festival is Back in Person as a Summer Event"

took place in Paris, August 23+24+25
SPONSOR: Distillerie Montebello
PARTNERS: Ama Pure Cashmere, Christian de Montaguere, l'art de vivre aux Caraïbes.

The PAMA is a step towards the OSCARS.
for FOX, NBC, CBS and Authority Magazine.
"My favorite festival" Alex Proyas (I Robot, The Crow, Dark City)
"This Festival is a must watch" Xerb founders

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DAY 1 - August 23
"verre de l'amitié" - Welcoming drink, badges distribution...
DAY 2 - August 24
Introduction words, questions from the audience
Mingling and discussion
Party and networking at rooftop
DAY 3 - August 25
Closing event at Paris Town Hall or Paris theater: red carpet, mingling, games, networking, award distribution, interviews, photo booth...

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"AWESOME festival! Highly recommend!" - Nadina Murray.

“I truly cannot say enough good things about the Paris Art and Movie Awards. My experience with this event was easily the best and rewarding” - Ev Duran.

"One of the most organized and professionally run festivals I've been to! The official selections were of a high standard and the networking was incredible" - Jami Ramberan.

"One of the best festival experiences I've had. Magnifique!" Warren Paul Glover.

"Other nominees included already famous people! It really was an honor to be nominated alongside such great nominees" Lisa Hurel.

> PAMA (back in person): starting Oct 22, 2021 for 2022 edition
> PAMA Sessions (every 3 months):
> 5th HAMA (back in person):
> YVFF (back in person):

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"The Fisherman's Diary" won twice at the PAMA in 2020, and is now selected to the 2021 𝗢𝗦𝗖𝗔𝗥𝗦, to represent its country.
"Game Changer" won an 𝗢𝗦𝗖𝗔𝗥, his director Aviv Mano then worked on Disney’s COCO and TOY STORY 4 (2018).
"The Wishgranter" won an 𝗢𝗦𝗖𝗔𝗥, an EMMY AWARD, and a 𝗕𝗔𝗙𝗧𝗔 (2016).
"Legacy of Lies" is distributed by Lionsgate (2020).
"Sgt Stubby", an unlikely hero, got a distribution deal at 𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗔𝗠𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗧 (2018).
"Curpigeon" got selected to 𝗧𝗥𝗜𝗕𝗘𝗖𝗔, won the AMAZON VIDEO DIRECT Film Festival Stars (2016).
"Whisper" screened at FILMQUEST (2015).
"None of That" was STAFF PICK by 𝗩𝗜𝗠𝗘𝗢 (2015).

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30,000+ VIEWERS in 2020 and same in 2021
The Paris Art and Movie Awards celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2020, with an edition that reached more than 34,000 viewers.

We produce interviews, QnAs, even talk shows, a digital award ceremony, and of course, top notch virtual, in person and hybrid events.
We also have an Alumni network and several ongoing promotion program for filmmakers.

Jury 2021 included:
🤩 John Lunn, 2 times Prime Time Emmy Award Winner, composer of DOWNTON ABBEY
🤩 Hayley Pace, actress, Schitt’s Creek, The Expanse
🤩 Cindy Mollo, Eddie Award Winner, 4 time Emmy nominee, editor for OZARK
🤩 Jamie Campbell, producer, Ceo of production company Eleven, UK
🤩 Rena Owen, actress, Star Wars Ep II, ep. III
🤩 Olivia Sandusky, journalist, NBC
🤩 Fola Evans-Akingbola, actress, Siren, Game of Thrones
🤩 Eline Powell, actress, Siren
🤩 Michelle Tesoro, SXSW winner, Eddie Award Winner, editor, The Queen’s Gambit, On the basis of Sex
🤩 Shiva Safari, actress, The Umbrella Academy

2020 jury was:
- Paz de la Huerta
- Monica Cruz
- Steven E. De Souza -Die Hard I & II, K-2000 Knight Rider, Beverly Hills Cop III...
- Brent Huff -The Rookie, NCIS, The West Wing...
- Melora Walters -Magnolia, The Butterfly Effect, Venom...
- Max Markson -rep. A. Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, JCVD, Bill Clinton...
- Genevieve Buechner -X-Files, Supernatural, Jennifer's Body...
- Cole Sibus -Stumptown, Spare Room, Olympic Gold Medal Athlete
- Julie Nolke
- Gian Marco Tavani
- Danielle Geathers
- Natascha Lewin

Our line up included through the years: 𝗦𝗛𝗔𝗥𝗢𝗡 𝗦𝗧𝗢𝗡𝗘, Kirsten Dunst, 𝗦𝗛𝗜𝗔 𝗟𝗔𝗕𝗘𝗢𝗨𝗙, 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...

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.

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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.

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2022 is back in person!
2021 was a hybrid edition with a mix of in-person events and digital screenings.
2020 took place all over the Internet. For real, check our videos and coverage.
2019 took place on the Champs Elysees (Gaumont movie theater) and Bastille (Majestic).
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,, We Film Good, Garel, UGC, Radio Campus, Proarti, les Jardins d'Osmane, Script City, Fontenille, CineCapsule, Shadows...

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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 media, established companies, and the screening always takes 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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- Awards
- Photocall
- Artistic Recognition
- Networking
- award ceremony

Our event is scheduled BACK IN PERSON for Summer 2022, August 25 and 26. Dates remain FLEXIBLE until selected filmmakers receive our official emails.
In case of a new wave or new Covid regulations, we will adjust again for hybrid or full-blown digital, interactive festival celebration.
🎁 If such, our gifts the filmmakers are being adjusted to make them redeemable in a realistic way. We already secured new sponsors to give away valuable digital gifts and prizes that can ship internationally.

🏆 More than 20 awards distributed every year. See categories on column of the right.

- Laser Engraved Cristal plaques
- Framed certificates
- DVDs
- CDs
- Goodies
- Networking
- and more!

Our awards are recognized by the movie industry, Imdb & Imdb pro qualifying.
We are:
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - reviewed 5/5 stars
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - 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
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - labeled best reviewed festival on FilmFreeway every season
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - ranked Festival of the Month (May 2020) on WFCN.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ - favorite on the platform XERB.

We created 5 years ago a winter festival in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Art & Movie Awards. Next one January 2022.

Being a winner or just even selected to the PAMA opens you the door to enter our Alumni Network that lists Sharon Stone, Robin Wright, Sam Rockwell, Vladimir Cosma as members to name a few.

2021: Laser Engraved Cristal plaques + Framed award certificates + numerous goodies
2019: Steel and metal, custom-made, artist made, unique Eiffel Tower trophy + Framed award certificates + numerous gifts
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
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 :

=> Your presence at the Award Ceremony is the core of the festival and the essence of your submission.
Covid Notice:
🎁 We are welcoming and recruiting many new sponsors in 2020 to give away digital gifts and prizes that can ship internationally.

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

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.

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 2022 edition is anticipated to be back in-person, with the options for hybrid, mixed event, or fully digital depending on local regulations, anticipated venues availability, international travel possibilities, logistics and insurance concerns.

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 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.

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 streaming show destined to promote new submitters and Alumni members.
Being selected to “Spotlight” does not guarantee a selection at the festival.
If you submit only to the “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. It is recorded as 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.
The 50% discount code NIKONPAMA is exclusive to any filmmaker who made a film that was submitted or selected by the Nikon Film Festival in Paris, France.
Any other use of this code will be considered fraud and result in an immediate disqualification with no refund.
The 50% discount code 50ACTORS is exclusive to the Best Actress and Best Actor categories. Any other use of this code will be considered fraud and result in an immediate disqualification with no refund.

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.

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: contact us.

If your submission does not provide a direct access to your screening file or if your video is incomplete or your material corrupted or with audio or video missing, your submission shall be changed to INCOMPLETE. If you do not react or respond to this change and/or to our emails, your submission shall be changed to "not selected" or "disqualified", before or after the selection announcement.
Decisions are final, entries are not refundable.

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

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.

Most screenings at movie theaters 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.
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 you do not provide your file or DCP for screening your submission shall be changed to "not selected" or "disqualified" EVEN AFTER THE SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT.
Decisions are final, entries are not refundable.

Some categories do NOT open to a screening. They are made to highlight a technical skill or a specific achievement or item or talent. If you are selected for one of these categories, it is not the movie we will promote and show, but the item/talent you submitted.
List of categories that does not open to movie screening:
Feature Script, Short Script, Director, Editor, Production, DOP-Cinematographer, Actor, Actress, Poster, Score-Composer, Soundtrack Song, Spotlight, Art Photography-Still, Visual Effects.
Example: you submit a poster. If selected, your poster will show on our website and outlets. You will be invited to participate in all festival events. But the movie that you made the poster for will not screen, as the movie itself has not been submitted.

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 the Award Ceremony, if such. 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.
If no one is in attendance or in person for your film, your movie will not screen in a room. Even if selected, even if the Judges place it as winner.
We do offer pretty cool and powerful alternatives through our Festival TV, Watch Anytime catalogue and Virtual Events on Xerbtv.
Since we are back in person, the in-person event is now our #1 priority.
If you cannot attend, let's talk about it.
BUT we have a zero tolerance policy for failure to attend or misleading claims with regards to potential attendance. We publicly disqualify films almost every year for this reason.
We are a real festival, we do real work all year long. If you want to be a part of it, just show up and you'll have fun. If you just want a laurel, we are not the ones for you.

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 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.

Accepted scripts are un-produced and produced, if your film is of 2017, 2018 or 2019. 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 80-90 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, web-series, documentary, animation, student, music video, experimental...

We do not pay screening fees. Film Freeway is a third party platform you chose to use to submit for consideration to festivals.
We might set up screenings for free, or with a box 0ffice, at the discretion of the festival, and there will be no share of gross with participating filmmakers.
By submitting to the festival, you expressly authorize the festival and its affiliates to use every piece of content and information presented in your Film Freeway project page, in connection to the festival, the event, and for promotion of the festival, now and in the future. That includes all videos, pictures, texts (biography, logline and other) hosted on your Film Freeway project page submitted to us.

Overall Rating
  • Omaro Productions

    We were very warmly welcomed during PAMA 2022. Great team, and amazing opportunities for networking. Very open and supportive atmosphere. And many thanks for the recognition of our experimental short!

    September 2022
  • Kerry Corran

    This is an amazing festival & very well organised.
    Matt, Jessica and the team make it a wonderful experience. As international filmmakers from the UK we felt very looked after.

    September 2022
  • arturo brena

    Thank you for awarding my shortfilm as winner in the animated caterogy. Even though I couldn't attend in person, I had a fantastic experience with this festival overall, great organization and great people. It was a fantastic experience to participate in this festival.

    September 2022
  • Andrew Kish-Vallentine

    It is extremely apparent how dedicated and thoughtful the members of the PAMA team are. The screenings were well organized, and intricately curated, making for an event that stands out among the rest. It’s no wonder attendance for the festival is on the rise, and creators are clamoring to get in on the action. PAMA recognizes the importance of film as a medium, and in return, the organization should receive the same recognition.

    September 2022
  • Colin Van der Straeten

    Ça fait du bien de retrouver des projections en salle, après tous ces festivals en ligne!

    September 2022