About us:

Santa Monica Film Awards is an International online seasonal movie award. This is a new film festival, and it is run by a group of young filmmakers who studied filmmaking. The aim is to promote and encourage short, feature, and documentary films worldwide by allowing them to showcase such films, promote movies, and be another step up in the filmmakers' careers. Each season we will award a few films. The winners will receive a laurel and a customized certificate. A selection of the winner
films will be screened online every season. Don’t wait to submit your beautiful projects. Our audience is waiting for your outstanding projects. We are happy to invite your projects.

Categories & Fees

Best Short
Best Feature
Best Documentary Features
Best Documentary Short
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Directing (Feature long film)
Best Directing (Short)
Best Unproduced Script
Best Script
Best Actress in Long feature film
Best Actress in Short
Best Actor in Long Feature film
Best Actor in Short
Best Comedy Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Horror Film
Best Action
Best Horror Film
Best Crime
Best Fantasy
Best Romance
Best Science Fiction
Best Sport
Best Thriller
Best War
Best Western
Best Women empowerment
Best Student
Best Social Justice
Best Covid


1. Films completed on or after Jan 1, 2020, are eligible for consideration

2. Films previously submitted to the Festival are eligible for consideration, but for a new category

3. Feature-length films available for public online viewing are not eligible.

4. Films shown at private screenings not open to the public (for the crew, investors, etc.) are eligible.

5. All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Dialogue lists are not accepted.

6. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry to the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

7. Films are selected for Festival presentation by the Festival programming committee. If a movie is set, the Festival office will contact the entrant by email. The Festival does not provide feedback or screening notes to entries that are not selected.

8. The appropriate entry fee must accompany each entry. Entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, registration notification, consideration by the programming department, and notification of the results. These fees may be paid by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express).

9. The festival reserves the right to change the date of the event or notification without having the approval of the submitters

Overall Rating
  • Thank you so much for hosting us! We were thrilled and honored to be part of Santa Monica Film Awards!

    January 2023
  • Ken Sagoes

    We are honored and deeply appreciative that your festival selected our short film "The Secret Weapon: Yesterday IS Today" as an Award Winner. The festival has outstanding communication and is well-run. May the festival keep giving filmmakers a stage that encourages imagination and self-expression.

    December 2022
  • Daniel Smith

    It was great to have the opportunity to screen the films Tahriib( Those Who Travel North) about refugees and migrants fleeing to Italy, and 50/10 Saul Turteltaub, a short film about one of the pioneers of television comedy. Sau created That Girl, Sanford and Son, worked on This is the Week That Was.

    December 2022
  • Thank you Santa Monica Film Awards for choosing me as a semi-finalist in your festival!

    December 2022
  • Thank you for my film Sous Tension. My team and I are really thrilled with what the film is experiencing across the globe! Under tension goes around the world and to pass between the eyes of your selectors and jury is an honor that you do us! Thank you very much for everything, you knew how to open your heart and your feelings about violence against families but also knew how to appreciate the artistic side of the film. Thank you very much, you are a great Festival! Mireille Fievet

    December 2022