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

The montly award winners, 5 films will receive an official selection for a live screening at the Theatre Alexandre III, Cannes, French Riviera, at the end of the year. Our judges evaluate the quality of filmmaking, creativity and the ability to tell stories. Our mission is to discover talented independent filmmakers, and be another step in their career.

The award-winning film screening event "Silk Road Film Awards-Cannes", on the online agenda on the City Hall of Cannes website:

Season 1 is now live.

Monthly Awards:

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Animation
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 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 Script
Best Feature Script

Best Director
Best Producer
Best Cinematography
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 accept:

1. Amateur videos
2. Films with a poor production quality: bad sound, bad montage, lack of subtitles for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD.
3. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations

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) Entry fees are non-refundable;
3) The organization of Silk Road Film Awards accepts no legal responsibility for the films in competition and its contents;
4) The winners of the monthly competition are not guaranteed live screening. The annual program is selected from among the winners of the month.
5) Films require English subtitles to be submitted.
6) Any genre and format is accepted (from 2 minutes films to 120 minutes);
7) No premiere status is required.
8) Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories. Films entered in multiple categories may win multiple awards. We reserve right to re-assign films to the appropriate category.
9) The film submitted to the SRFA for a particular month can be re-submitted at any time for a second chance;
10) All films must have been made after January 1, 2016 for competition 2020.
11) To participate in the Silk Road Film Awards, submitted scripts and 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.
12) The submiters confirm that they have the right to publicly display the film, including images, music, texts, art and all that is in the copyright law.

Overall Rating
  • It was an honor and a pleasure to be a part of silk film festival. I would recommend this festival to all Filmmaker‘s who enjoy making films. Silk makes you feel like your work is worthwhile......

    October 2020
  • A beautifully run festival that we feel so lucky to have been a part of! Thank you so much! <3

    October 2020
  • Almaty Guy

    My first experience in such international film festivals and it turned out successful. Great opportunity for upcoming filmmakers as us. Grateful to organizers for quick on-time feedback and help during submission process. Good luck to them in all good endeavors!

    October 2020
  • Patrice Bonneyrat

    Great experience and great people. Will work with them again for sure.

    October 2020
  • Thank you so much for rewarding my film as Best Inspirational Film and for our first screeing in Cannes! A great festival to be a part of it and congratiulations to every winner. Keep safe, best regards, Alexandra Bekiou, Director As the wave broke

    October 2020