South America is a continent that comprises the southern part of America. There are 13 countries in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guiana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
South America is a continent rich in diversity, which reveals to the world great cinematographic artists such as the Brazilians Glauber Rocha and Nelson Pereira dos Santos, the Argentines Fernando Solanas and Leonardo Favio, and the Chileans Raúl Ruíz, Miguel Littin and Lautaro Murúa. This movement was called "New Latin American Cinema". A continent that does not breathe without the presence of art, and from which new talents emerge at all times.
Thinking of this factory that thrives on sensitivity and creativity, we created the South America Awards, the first bimonthly festival in South America, whose intention is to select and award films every two months. And at the end of the year, win the annual grand prize generated by a contest among the winners of the last few months.
The festival is not exclusive to South American films. Our intention is to promote an exchange between filmmakers and viewers from around the world. Therefore, film registration is authorized for all countries in the world.
All award winners of each category will receive an "Award Certificate" and their respective Award Winner Laurel, the films that winners of each bimonthly competition will compete for the BEST OF THE SEASON awards of each category.
The 1st Season of SOUTH AMERICA AWARDS has the following competitive categories:
FEATURE FILM COMPETITION: For Narrative and Animation Films with more than 60 Minutes of Length.
Best Feature Film
Best Director of Feature Film
Best Cinematography of Feature Film
Best Production Design of Feature Film
Best Sound Design of Feature Film
Best Screenplay of Feature Film
Best Editing of Feature Film
Best Actress of Feature Film
Best Actor of Feature Film
Best Supporting Actress of Feature Film
Best Supporting Actor of Feature Film
NARRATIVE SHORT FILM COMPETITION: For Narrative and Animation Films between 3 and 59 minutes of length.
Best Narrative Short Film.
Best Director of Narrative Short Film.
Best Cinematography of Narrative Short Film.
Best Production Design of Narrative Short Film.
Best Sound Design of Narrative Short Film.
Best Screenplay of Narrative Short Film.
Best Editing of Narrative Short Film.
Best Leading Actress of Narrative Short Film.
Best Leading Actor of Narrative Short Film.
Best Supporting Actress of Narrative Short Film.
Best Supporting Actor of Narrative Short film.
DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION: For Documentaries with more than 3 minutes (We accept Features and Shorts).
Best Director of Documentary
Best Cinematography of Documentary
Best Sound Design of Documentary
Best Editing of Documentary
EXPERIMENTAL FILM COMPETITION: For Experimental Films with more than 1 minute (We accept Features and Shorts).
Best Experimental Film
Best Director of Experimental Film
Best Cinematography of Experimental Film
Best Production Design of Experimental Film
Best Sound Design of Experimental Film
Best Screenplay of Experimental Film
Best Editing of Experimental Film
Best Leading Actress of Experimental Film
Best Leading Actor of Experimental Film
STUDENT FILM COMPETITION: For Narrative and Animation Films between 1 and 59 minutes of length produced by Students.
Best Student Film.
Best Director of Student Film.
Best Cinematography of Student Film.
Best Production Design of Student Film.
Best Sound Design of Student Film.
Best Screenplay of Student Films.
Best Editing of Student Film
Best Leading Actress of Student Film
Best Leading Actor of Student Film
Best Supporting Actress of Student Film
Best Supporting Actor of Student Film
I. All films not spoken in English MUST have English language subtitles.
II. All entry fees are non-refundable.
III. Multiple entries from the same submitter are accepted, with separated submission and separated entry fees that will accompany each entry. However, in repeated entries of the same project, only the last entry will be considered.
If one film is submitted on more than 1 category, it will compete on only one category decided by the Selection Comitee (for example: if a film is submitted on Documentary Film and Student Film, the Selection Comitee will decided if it's selected to Documentary or Student competition)
IV. All the decisions of the festival selection committee and jury will be final and indisputable. WE DO NOT SELL NOR NEGOTIATE AWARDS! Our jury's voting is unmerchantable, final and indisputable!
V. Films that are submitted MUST BE the entrant’s original work, and SHALL NOT infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Contestants agree that they have obtained all required copyright permission, regarding music, sound, images and etc. presented in their film. Therefore filmmakers MUST have all rights associated with their films and allow “South America Awards” to use clips for publicity purposes, including uploading a clip, trailer, Poster and/or Image online.
VI. By Submitting your project to South America Awards, you allow our Festival to use press materials from the film (such as still photos, posters, trailers and clips) for promotional purposes in our website and social media. Therefore, all films selected for the Festival grant to South America Awards the rights to use press materials from the films for promotional purposes.
VII. The burden of obtaining copyright and all proprietary interests for the submitted material rests solely on the applicant.
VIII. South America Awards organizers reserve the rights to change, cancel or re-schedule the dates, awards & categories without prior consent or information to contestants.
The arts of the award winners made by the design team include informations about the festival, a frame of the film (we don't use posters in our arts), the title of the film, the name of the director, the flag of the country in which the film was produced (informed in the film's FilmFreeway submission page), the category(ies) that the film was awarded, and the names of the actors and/or actresses winners (main and supporting, as it's informed in the Nominees art). If there are any correction to be made by the design team, regarding mistaken informations (like the mispelling of names or titles, wrong flags, etc), please let us know and it'll be our pleasure to correct what's wrong, and we'll do it ASAP! But WE DO NOT OMIT INFORMATION in the arts (for example names of winning actors or actresses, name of the director(s), title of the film, flag of the country, etc.), and this subject is not debatable nor negotiable. We only make ONE ART PER FILM (in official selection and award winners announcements).
IX. The organizers reserve the right not to award any or all of the prizes.
X. We, as the festival organizers understand that:
a) Feature films are films with 60 minutes of length and above.
b) Short films are films with more than 1 minute and less than 59 minutes of length
c) South American Films are films produced on South American countries, which are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
XI. "South America Awards" will not publish the full-length film without the permission of the submitter. If the filmmaker decides not to show film online, we will screen the short privately to the Festival Jury. Only the winners of "Best Film" in each competition (Feature, Narrative Short, Experimental, Documentary and Student) will be screened on our website, if permited by the filmmaker.
XII. We do not require premiere status. We accept films from 2013 and beyond (2013-)
XIII. Films must be submitted in the correct category or else it will be directly disqualified.
XIV. South America Awards is a bimonthly Film Festival in which 10 competitions will happen throghout the next months.
The Bimonthly Competition Winners will compete in the "Best of the Season" competition by the end of the Festival.
Entries that aren't disqualified or not-selected by the selection committee and jury (i.e. films that has the judging status of Undecided) will have the chance to continue in the dispute and compete in other bi-monthly competitions thorughout the Season.
XV. As a South American Film Festival we ensure promotional entry fees to films produced on South America countries, but this doesn't mean that South American Films are going to have selecting nor judging advantages compared to films from other continents, this special condition is only for the entry fee.
Films of the following countries fits on this condition: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Films submitted on the South American Films categories that weren't produced in any of these countries will be DISQUALIFIED.
By submitting your film to our festival you agree that your piece of work (full film, trailer) can be uploaded/embed on our website. The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing. By submitting, the filmmaker allows South America Awards to create a page for their film without infringing the copyright of any kind of form. Filmmakers can make a request via email to remove the film link at any time.
The applicant agrees to have read and accepted the rules & regulations for participation in the “South America Awards”.
The applicant confirms that he/she has the requisite authority or has obtained the requisite authority from the producer/right holder to enter this film in the “South America Awards” and make available the print for screening. Under NO circumstance, the authorities of “South America Awards” will not entertain or be answerable to anyone else apart from the applicant.
After a film has been selected for the film competition, the filmmaker is notified via email only. The selected films will be published on the festival website. All films which are selected/nominated for the competition will be informed only by emails, social media & listed on the festival website. No inquiries or arguments will be entertained regarding non-selected films. The decision of the selection committee and jury will be final and indisputable.