IMDb qualifier’s Sweet Democracy Film Awards is an international monthly event dedicated to those filmmakers that when they want to make their own movie don’t know the word Impossible.
The festival is inspired by a task that seemed impossible to everyone, except for those who then made it, to shoot a film with the only actor and playwright who ever won a Nobel prize, Dario Fo.
A dream turned into reality thanks to the collaboration of Donald Ranvaud, producer of the movie "City of God" directed by Fernando Meirelles and nominated for 4 Academy Awards, but also thanks to the persistence of a team of young cinephiles. The result has been "Sweet Democracy" an independent movie that became mainstream, screened at New York University, selected in several prestigious festivals and positively reviewed by the international press.

Sweet Democracy Film Awards now aims to discover the creativity and the originality of new Indie filmmakers and to give them the visibility they deserve.
And in addition, we are willing to listen to your idea and try to help you to make your movie.

Looking forward to meet you!


Best Picture (feature film or short film, any genre)

Best Feature Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Indie Feature Film (low budget)
Best Short Film
Best Indie Short Film (low budget)
Best Short Documentary
Best Super Short Film
Best Web/Tv Series
Best Music Video
Best Student Film
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Inspirational Film
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Thriller
Best Action
Best Sci-Fi
Best Fantasy
Best Short Script
Best Feature Script
Best Producer
Best First Time Director
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Screenplay
Best Original Score
Best Original Song
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Sound Design
Best VFX

All winners receive a free certificate (pdf/jpg file).

We accept:
Short and feature films, in the form of narrative (fiction), documentary (non fiction), experimental or animated film.
Music Videos
Web/TV Series (also pilot)
Feature Scripts, Short Scripts
By submitting your film, take note that:
You agree to use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster/stills) for promotional purpose.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.
You can submit again your work for the following months.
The films must include English or Italian subtitles (unless the spoken language is English or Italian)
The scripts must be in English or Italian or French.
We do not accept:
Amateur videos
Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations
Films involving politics / films promoting political agenda
Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD.

Overall Rating
  • Claudia Ruiz

    Amazing and fantastic film festival.

    May 2023
  • Very recommendable festival. Professional staff. Quick and friendly communication.

    May 2023
  • Katherine Schimmel

    Awesome festival! Highly recommend. Thank you Sweet Democracy Film was an honor to participate!

    May 2023
  • Alberto Martín-Aragón

    Great festival and amazing showcase for independent fillmakers!

    May 2023
  • Elodie Lorquet

    Great festival. Good communication! Thanks for your support.

    May 2023