The Spo​tlight Film Awards is dedicated to promoting experienced and new filmmakers through a unique and important international film competition. We are searching the globe for the best short films on Earth to spotlight and support.

There are three different Spotlight competitions:

Spotlight Short Film Awards

Spotlight Horror Film Awards

Spotlight Documentary Film Awards

The Spotlight Film Awards values each film based upon it's artistic merit alone. We publicize our award-winning films through various websites, social media posts, press releases, and email campaigns to industry leaders, film festival organizers, and more.

Our award-winning filmmakers get the recognition they deserve, and can have a better success rate on the sometimes arduous journey through the festival circuit.

Our organization is composed of industry professionals: filmmakers, independent film consultants, film festival organizers, festival programmers and judges who have been in the business nearly 20 years, and share a passion for independent film. Our team has evaluated and judged more than 25,000 independent films from directors and producers just like you. Many of the films were spectacular, and some needed a little tweaking, but they were all magically created with the unwavering spirit of the true independent filmmaker.

The Spotlight Short Film Awards is a must for filmmakers who are searching for someone who can give their short films the undivided attention they deserve. We can now shine the spotlight on an unlimited amount of talented filmmakers from around the world, and celebrate the art and beauty of filmmaking.

Awards are announced every year in June and December. Filmmakers with short films of all genres are encouraged to enter the Spotlight Short Film Awards.

Other Spotlight Competitions include Spotlight Horror Film Awards and Spotlight Documentary Film Awards.



People like you bring perspective that there are still great human beings out there promoting one of the best and most unifying qualities of humankind - expression of feelings through art.

Your support and encouragement means a lot to me!! Much appreciated.

Now no matter what, I'll always be able to look back on this and say, someone believed I could do it too, so press on!!

It is just brilliant to receive this award and it goes to reward all the hard work put in from the cast and crew. I cant believe it, I am overjoyed with this achievement. This award has only given me the belief that I can go on and make another film

Film is my passion and I hope someday I can live doing this as a fulltime work. That's the
importance of this and other awards. I needed them to believe that a change in my life could be possible. Now, I have to find the way to become a fulltime filmaker in spite of the economic and social barriers I have here in Costa Rica. Thanks again for help me to believe that this is possible.

Simply put: I am knocked out and speechless that you and the Spotlight Short Film Awards jury have bestowed us with a Platinum Award! What an incredible honor.

Thank you so much for the award, an utterly wonderful surprise

Thank you for including our film and awarding it with a gold award. This was a very unexpected surprise and we're very appreciative of the recognition.

Wow, thank you so much! This is super exciting and I'm pumped to be alongside so many great films/makers.

My biggest thanks to you and to your committee for selecting my film as a Silver Award winner! This is truly an unexpected honor.

Thank you so much for the honor! We are very thrilled and will share this good news with the original creators in Japan.

I am completely honored to have been given a silver medal by the Spotlight Short Film Awards. The fact that you are doing this, giving independent short filmmakers a place to have their art shared, is extremely generous. It's encouraging to the artists as well.

Thank you for reaching out, I'm flattered by your kind words and thankful for being considered for the Spotlight Film Awards. I'm excited to share any future work with you and your team.

Thank you so much for this honour! I was really excited to hear that I was chosen to receive this award, It means a lot!

I'm so honored! Thanks so much for watching the film and the kind words

I don't have the words to thank you. But Thank You! This means so much to me.

Your support and encouragement means a lot to me!! Much appreciated.

What you guys are doing is really great. Helping filmmakers around the word make a name for themselves is amazing.

Platinum Awards: ​celebrate truly remarkable films with the highest scores from our panel. Platinum Award Winning Films will screen at one or more of the events during the annual Atlanta Film Series.

Gold Awards: celebrate incredible films with the second highest scores from our panel.

Silver Awards: awarded to unforgettable films with the third highest scores from our panel.

Bronze Awards: awarded to films with high artistic achievement with the fourth highest scores from our panel.

First Time Filmmaker Awards of Excellence: first time filmmakers who have created the top films will receive Awards of Excellence.

No Award: Films not receiving an award will be given important and honest feedback from our organization upon request. We know the amount of hard-work it takes to make independent films. This feedback could be essential in getting your film out there for the world to see.


Award-Winning Film Receive:

Hi-resolution digital downloads of Spotlight Short Film Awards winning laurels.

A personalized Certificate of Excellence in Filmmaking announcing your award.

Emails to our extensive database of industry professionals with announcements of your award.

Links from our website, and our sister websites, to your film website, film trailer, and / or sales of your film online.

Filmmaker Spotlight profile on website with director photo, bio, and links to chosen websites.

All Platinum Award Winners will be invited to screen their film at one or more of the film festivals during the Atlanta Film Series.

Entries must be under 46 minutes in the category of narrative, documentary, animated, music video, or experimental short. All genres of narrative shorts are considered, including comedy, drama, horror, thriller, action, family, musical, etc.

Awards are announced every year in June and December.

Entries in any language other than English or Spanish should be subtitled in either language.

Entries can only be submitted with a secure link (with password if needed) of an online copy through vimeo or other host. Hard copies not accepted.

Overall Rating
  • I like Spotlight Film Awards. I'm very proud my film was selected for an award!

    February 2019
  • Stephanie Carson

    So very thankful and happy to receive the Bronze Award from the Spotlight Short Film Awards. Excellent communication and responsiveness. I highly recommend this festival to all filmmakers!!

    January 2019
  • Jose Luis Anaya

    What a great and receptive festival! But mostly I cannot believe my FIRST FILM, being a horror/thriller, earned one of the three top honors of the festival: the Platinum Award, among with other two films and now it'll be part of the Atlanta Film Series. Thank you so much to the Spotlight Film Awards for selecting and awarding my film, a great festival for any filmmaker!!!

    January 2019
  • The Spotlight Short Film Awards is the real deal! I was honored to receive a bronze award in June 2018. The communication team is especially top-notch and they were always helpful with quickly answering any questions or requests I had. I thank these people much for noticing various small indie films like mine.

    January 2019
  • It was a wonderful experience. They were prompt in their communication and made you feel so wothwhile. It is the best platform to share your work, most unbiased and there is a readiness to accept new film makers. Thank you so much Spotlight ! Just wish one could win a few cash awards to cover the finances...:)

    December 2018