IMDb Qualifying
"So You Think You Can Direct/Act" is a competition targeted to recognize the talent of directors, actors, and actresses from around the world.
Directors submit your finished film, documentary, or short.
Actors submit their reels or featured movie clips to the competition to consider their acting skills in many genres, from drama to comedy. Or, for the multi-faceted actor, they may also submit combination genre clips.

What makes So You Think You Can Direct/Act unique to other directors and actor-oriented competitions?
SYTYCA instituted a system to ensure that entries do not compete against each other but recognize their merit.
They compete against themselves: we judge each entry on individual merits and score on an inherent value system.
We want to ensure that the judges' focus is on you, not on all the other directors or actors on cue, ensuring that they will not have comparisons in their minds when they should focus entirely on YOU.

• DIRECTORS SCREENING: We screen only the Best of Festival winners.
Our screening event is to collect audience reactions to be used by our distributors. We don't conduct after-screening networking parties or seminars.
Video interviews of the viewing audience may be conducted and shown on

-Best of Festival Directors receive a frameable Certificate (Free shipping in the USA only)

We will judge directors to receive the following awards:
Best Of Festival - Best of Show - Outstanding Excellence - Excellence - Exceptional Merit - Merit and Kudos.

• DISTRIBUTION: We guarantee top award-winning directors (Best of Festival) will have their film reviewed by our distribution associates: Worldwide Motion Pictures Corporation, Adler & Associates, and Cardinal XD (a combined 70+ years of experience in getting films like yours worldwide distribution).

• ON-LINE EXPOSURE: The Entertainment Network offers a unique OPTIONAL opportunity to publicize your film or Acting Demo Reel to a worldwide community of viewers from 50+ countries plus specially invited casting directors and distributors that filmmakers and actors would not usually have access.

• ACTORS: Winning top awards (Best of Festival) allows you to have your display page at, including Bio’s, Video Demo Reel, and photos. Best of Festival actors also receive a frameable certificate. (Free shipping in the USA only)

The number of awards granted at any level will fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline.

We require English subtitles for foreign language films.
If submitting clips from film performances, they should be from 1 to 10 minutes, and these could be a montage of clips.
Monologues should be no longer than 5 minutes.
Please do not include monologues in a montage clip.
Please let us know the film's name and director's name when submitting a single clip with your performance in a movie.

DIRECTORS: Film submissions through FilmFreeway only.
If you win a TOP Best of Festival award, we will give you instructions about the delivery of screening materials.

The number of awards granted at any level will fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline.

The competition reserves the right to refuse entries.

Our founders are proud Committee Members for the Universal Film & Festival Organization, a non-profit operating out of the U.K., which exists to promote best business practices for film festivals. Please check our FilmFreeway Reviews.

Overall Rating
  • This was an interesting festival! Glad to have participated and win!! Thank you La Santera

    January 2022
  • Sybil Jatta

    We are so humbled and honored to have been selected into your amazing film festival event! Our award-winning documentary feature film "AKWAABA The Awakening", is in God's hands touching the hearts 💕 of the world. Continued peace, prosperity, blessings and good health.

    November 2021
  • Stephen Mills

    I encourage every filmmaker to take up this challenge. Just the title itself throws down the gauntlet and dares you to put your money where your mouth is. You think you can direct and act? Show me your film and we'll see if you're right. It's competitively sassy and if you have the least notion of your skill--put it on the line with this festival. Very well run with good communication. It's a fun contest. Do it! Stephen Keep Mills, writer/director Love is not Love

    October 2021
  • Lucienne Lanaz Schild

    Excellent publication of the winners. I thank the festival very warmly for the award I got for my work as director of the film GIANERICA. Wish you all a great new season and remain with kind regards.

    October 2021
  • Sean O'Connor

    I am delighted with my Outstanding Excellence Award for acting in this Festival. Such a great opportunity to have your work seen by people that matter in an industry where contacts are crucial. Thank you to the organisers, judges and all involved in SYTYCA.

    October 2021