*Please Note: We are an IMDb qualifying event. Also, since June 2018 all nominated films will be provided with soundbite reviews during our announcement period.

The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards is an awards body dedicated to independent film. With competitions every two months and a changing judge panel of film critics, actors and filmmakers working within the industry, we dedicate ourselves to awarding films based on their originality and creativity, whilst considering their budget restrictions.

We consider production limitations as part of what allows us to judge your creativity and originality. In our opinion, an independent film shot for a shoestring budget should not need to compete with one produced on a larger independent budget for the best prize.
Likewise, we believe that all films competing should have the opportunity to enter just the main competition, or other categories.

Our main competition is divided into budget groupings split across various media forms: short films, feature films, web-series and our scriptwriting competition. Within these three production categories we separate the projects by their budgets: under $5,000, between $5,000-$10,000, and over $10,000.

When submitting your project you automatically enter the ‘Other Categories’ competition. All films in these areas are judged on an equal level regardless of length or budget constraints. For a complete and up-to-date list of our categories, please visit our site.

The script competition for unproduced material is split into three categories: best genre piece, best technique, and best micro budget material.

The Music Video competition for released videos is split into three categories: best cinematography, best editing, and best music video.

All selected participants within the main competition will be considered for the Jury Prizes. No films will be selected for our competition without a specific nomination.

For an extended review of your film or webseries, please enter Review Project. The reviews average around 300 words each. We are currently unable to provide reviews for unproduced scripts.

A detailed review of around 200 words in total will be written for the Jury winning film(s) on our website. All films entered into the competition will be considered for this award by the jury.

Laurels will be provided to all winning films of the main competition, as well as a 100 word (approx.) review on our site.

All nominated films, and 'Other Categories' winners, will receive at least a 10 word note about their projects and achievements.

All selected projects are nominated projects. Nomination laurels will be provided for nominated films. All laurels can be accessed on our site.

Only four scripts will be awarded in the script competition. There will be a maximum of five runners-up for this competition.

Please submit the film digitally through FilmFreeway exclusively. We do not accept hard copies due to our changing judging panel.
All selections are final and no correspondence can be entered into. The judging panel is mostly independent of the selection committee, making their voting entirely independent of one another.
There are no public screenings for our film awards, so that we do not affect your other submissions or premiere status.
You may have multiple entries and submit to multiple categories, but each entry and submission must have its own submission fee.
Submissions in a language other than English must have subtitles. Works in progress are accepted.
Press kits are not required for our site. In the instance of errors and/or inconsistencies, this page may be updated without notice - please contact us if there are any issues which you have noticed (contact email can be located on our Filmfreeway listing).
Entry fees are non-refundable. Projects can be from any of the last five years (production having been completed by December 2012). Entry Fees are in $USD.
As of June 2018 we no longer provide interviews for winning Jury films.

LAST UPDATED - 9th June 2018 - Revised details of festival. Entries are subject to their festival type dependent upon entry period.

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  • Jakub Charon

    I'm very honoured by the nomination fot the Grand Jury Prize. Thank you guys for giving the credits for the independent movies and understanding the process of filmmaking in a low budget. It's different world out here, but sometimes pays off:) Cheers! Jakub Charon

    June 2018
  • Carmel JOYCE

    Hello from Australia - A BIG THANK YOU FOR THE RECOGNITION!
    A most prestigious award to be selected for my work, "JANE - The Ulster Soldier's Daughter". You honour me with your comment, 'A fairly well-balanced genre piece, loaded with some interesting character arcs". NOW, if only Australian producers take a chance on "JANE" the interesting 'character arcs' would blow their mind as she was an Australian pioneer in the next true character true series, "THE JANE FACTOR".
    I look forward to a British/ Australian co-production developing in the near future.

    June 2018
  • Thoroughly enjoyed my experience with MBTFA. Any questions I had were answered in a friendly and very timely manner. Very happy that my film 'Upstate Story' was given a chance and awarded the Special Mention Prize. I'll definitely be coming back with any projects I make in the future.

    June 2018
  • Natalie Jean

    It was great honor to be nominated in the Music Video Category for my video “The Letting Go”. Great festival. Thanks again!!

    June 2018
  • Daniele De Muro

    The Monkey Bread Tree is great! I hope to submit a new project next year.

    June 2018