An IMDb qualifying film festival, Silk Road Film Awards Cannes is a monthly competition with annual screenings, open to independent filmmakers and writers worldwide, and short-form as well as feature-length works are being considered for entry.

The annual screenings from among the winners of the festival take place at the Espace Miramar Cannes, during the Cannes International Independent Film Festival - CIIFF.
This year the festival will be held from 13 to 16 October.

Our judges evaluate the quality of filmmaking and screenplays, creativity and the ability to tell stories. Our mission is to discover talented independent filmmakers and script writers, and be another step in their career.

This year the entry fee is free for Ukrainian filmmakers 🇺🇦 Code: UAlove

Monthly Awards:

Grand Prize Feature Film
Grand Prize Short Film
Grand Prize Animation
Grand Prize Experimental Film
Grand Prize Documentary
Grand Prize Music Video

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Animation
Best Experimental Film
Best Documentary
Best Music Video
Best Mini Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Dance Film
Best Ecological Film
Best TV/Web Series
Best Biographical Film
Best Musical Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Drama Film
Best Horror film
Best Crime Film
Best Thriller
Best Family Film
Best Fantasy Film
Best Narrative Film
Best Nature Film
Best Sci-Fi Film
Best Social Drama Film
Best Social Justice Film
Best Silent Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Indie Film
Best Adventure Film
Best Inspirational Film
Best Mystical Film
Best Travel Film

Best Short Screenplay
Best Feature Screenplay

Best Director
Best Producer
Best Cinematographer
Best Composer
Best Editor
Best First Time Director
Best First Time Producer
Best Sound
Best Story
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Young Actor / Actress

We do not provide a fee waiver.

We do not accept:
1. Amateur videos, promo videos; 
2. Films with a poor production quality: bad sound, bad montage, lack of subtitles for non-English films, video resolution less than 1080p Full HD; 
3. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations, as well as pornographic films

For all Categories:
1. Attending this competition implies acceptance of its rules and its decision, which is final, and the waiver of any claims; 
2. Submissions are accepted through FilmFreeway;
3. Submission fee's are nonrefundable; 
4. The organization of the Silk Road Film Awards Cannes accepts no legal responsibility for the films and screenplays in competition and its contents; 
5. Submitting your film or screenplay does not guarantee festival acceptance or screening.
6. Acceptance into the  competition does not guarantee award or prize.
7. The winning films that receive the monthly Silk Road Awards Cannes are pre-selected for the competition at our main festival, which will take place from 13 to 16 October 2022 at the Espace Miramar Cannes. The list of selected films for competitive participation in our main festival Cannes International Independent Film Festival will be announced a month before the start of the festival.
8. All films must be presented in their original language with English subtitle. However, once a film will accepted for the screening, it must abide to the following rules to accommodate our viewing public: 
Films in English must contain French subtitles. 
Films in French must contain English subtitles. 
Films containing a third language  must contain subtitles in both French and English; 
9. The film selected for the competition must be sent via file hosting for in FullHD format ( MP4, .MOV), 24 or 25 frames, Codec H.264, Stereo 48kHz;
10. We accept all films in any genre;
11. Premiere status is not required. . 
12. Submission of several films is permitted. Each submission requires an entry fee.
13. All films must have been completed after 1 January 2018.
14. Selected films of the winners of the year will be screened in the fall at the Espace Miramar Cannes at the Cannes International Independent Film Festival-СIIFF, our main festival. 
15. All filmmakers accept that  if their film is selected for competition, they grant permission for the Cannes International Independent Film Festival to screen the film, as well as part of the film (a few seconds) for the festival's promotional trailer. 
16. To participate in the Cannes International Independent Film Festival, submitted films must comply with current legislation regarding copyright and the right to privacy of individuals. Therefore, participants guarantee that the films submitted to the festival do not violate current legislation regarding exploitation rights, rights to honour, privacy or image or intellectual property rights and / or industrial and / or any other third party rights. 
17. The submitters confirm that they have the right to publicly display the film, including images, music, texts, art and all that is in the copyright law
18. In case of force majeure circumstances, changes to the dates of the festival are provided.
19. Cannes International Independent Film Festival reserves the right to change our programming and event parties without notice.

Overall Rating
  • Alexandru Ranta

    Awesome festival ! The team is very communicative and friendly . They are amazing ! Fully recommended ! I had a very nice experience with my fantasy short script "Zeda The Hunter".

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Alexandru, thank you very much!

  • k rose

    Received the award for best short screenplay and truly appreciate it; however, I haven’t received a response from them via email regarding questions I had and never even received communication from them notifying me of the award. My notification came from film freeway when I logged in. I’ve had no personal interaction with them and because there is no tangible award aside from the certificate there’s been nothing remarkable aside from paying money to participate and downloading my certificate, which I had to figure out myself because I didn’t receive any instructions on where to receive it.

    Edit: I did not receive an email with any links or instructions from you or film freeway. I logged into film freeway as I stated above and received a notification that I won. I had to go to your site to learn how to download a certificate.

    Your comment attempting to discredit mine needs to be removed. I sent an email to the address you provided below on August 1 and did not receive a reply. I have just forwarded that email to you.

    There overall reply has been disgusting and insulting. I wish all other candidates the best.

    Thanks for responding.

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear k rose, thanks for your feedback. We have not received any email from you. Please send us a screenshot to our email:
    You did not receive an automatic award letter from Filmfreeway, but a letter from the festival, which contains all the links on how to download the certificate, how to add your script to IMDb and other links. Filmfreeway sends mailing .
    And finally, before you submitted your application for the festival, you should have read its Rules & Terms. We do not give out cash prizes.

  • Vyacheslav (Slavik) Bihun

    Thank you for the interest to our film and generally to the Ukrainian cinema. Stand with Ukraine indeed!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Vyacheslav, thank you for your feedback.

  • Stilvi Psilopoulou

    Very well organised, very decent people!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Stilvi, thank you very much for your feedback!

  • Loved the efficiency of the process! Great work!

    July 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Anthony, thank you very much for your feedback!