*Please Note: The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards is an IMDb approved awards event*

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.

For an extended Q&A interview, lasting around 7 questions, please enter FilmHuman Interview category. This Q&A will be presented in The Monkey Bread Tree's website area labelled 'Articles'.

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.

'Other Categories' winners will receive at least 10 word note about their achievement, whether that be editing, cinematography, acting etc.

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.
The Q&A will be completed via email exchange with the festival. It is the filmmakers responsibility to complete the survey when it is presented to them. Editorial engagement will be completed by the festival if content is too long, or not appropriate. We will, to our best ability, help in promoting your work through the questions presented to you. Please note: the request for the Q&A will occur after the awards have been announced.

LAST UPDATED - 5th Jan 2018 - Revised details of festival. Entries are subject to their festival type dependent upon entry period.

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  • INES SORLAT CANTERO

    Being nominated and Short Film Jury Prize winner at The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards is an honour, a different way to get recognition for your film and a good way to get a review from a notable member of the industry as Ben Rider. I definitely recommend it, especially if you have a low budget film.
    ¡Thanks to the MBTFA for this opportunity!

    April 2018
  • Thank u Ben and team for the clear up.
    Though My web series wasn't chosen, you guys will inspire me to keep going, this is my first writing nomination.
    I am a newbie, but Ben n team explained the situation clearly to me.

    All de best to everyone, and hope to join again!
    have a great day!

    April 2018
  • Thanks Monkey Bread from The Caterer's Reckoning crew.

    April 2018
  • Thank you very much for the special mention our movie MANIERA GRECA was rewarded. If somebody wants to figure out the special characteristic of a festival, all he has to do is to take a look to the background of the festival director. All you have to do is to check Ben Rider's past and present in the cinema scene and you will immediately understand the motivation and value of this festival. Best wishes from Athens.

    April 2018
  • Communication could be better but overall a good festival.

    April 2018