The Urban Action Showcase and Expo presents the Urban Action Showcase International Action Film Festival featuring the Cinemax Action Short Film Competition. The UAS IAFF is the only All Action Film Showcase, Film Festival, Action Script Competition and Action Expo celebrating and honoring the Multicultural achievements in the blockbuster Action genre!
The purpose of the UAS IAFF is to Recognize, Promote, Facilitate, and Encourage the participation of Actors ,Filmmakers and Content Creators in the Action Film Genre. Understanding the importance of Diversity, the UAS IAFF endeavors to recognize Diversity among Content Creators by honoring excellence in various aspects of Action film making, Acting and Artistry.
We promote these Artists through various media outlets, facilitate distribution opportunities, and encourage new interest through the building of strong networking communities, panels, workshops, and key sponsorship participation. The UAS IAFF inevitably inspires interest in the art of Action Film making, Acting, and Artistry through information, education, facilitation and exposure.
The UAS IAFF offers both mainstream and No Budget contests which allows everyone the opportunity to be honored!

The Urban Action Showcase International Action Film Festival offers Awards and Prizes valued at over $100,000, including Distribution with platforms such as: Cinemax, Vimeo On Demand, Amazon DVD and Amazon Instant Video, *Netflix, *Hulu, *Apple TV, VOD and more!

Contest Eligibility Rules:
Content must have been directed by and or written by and or star persons of color (Asian, Black, Latino, Women, Others)
Filmmaker/Content Creator must be 18 years of age or older.
Content must meet the specific contest requirements for the contest that it is submitted to.
​All content submissions must be Full HD 1080 x 1920 or Higher
Content must be in English or English Subtitles.
The Urban Action Showcase Competitions are open internationally world wide!
Film must have been completed no earlier than January 2014.
There are No premier restrictions for the 2019 Competitions accept for the Cinemax Short Film Competition.
The Blood Sweat n Bones Feature Film Contest budget must be under $5000.00
The Blood Sweat n Bones Short Film Contest budget must be under $2000.00
All Late Submissions must be received by August 15 2019

Official Selections:
Official Selections must submit a 30 sec Trailer and 10 sec Action Clip immediately upon notification.
Official Selection early submission Screener Deliverables are due August 6th, 2019 and August 20th 2019 for late submissions. (*You will loose your screening spot if they are not received)
Select Official Selections and Winning content are eligible for Distribution on Amazon and other platforms.
Closed Caption Files are mandatory for distribution platforms.
See Official Rules Here:

Feature Film: Includes Feature Narrative & Blood Sweat n Bones No Budget Contests.
Features must be a minimum of 60 minutes and maximum of 120 minutes.

Short Film: Includes Short Film Showdown & Blood Sweat n Bones No Budget Contests. Short's must be a minimum of 4 minutes and maximum 55 minutes.

TV Pilot: Television Pilot Awards
TV Pilots must be a minimum of 30 minutes and maximum 45 minutes.

New Media: New Media content must be 30 to 60 min long.

Webisode/Web Series: Web Series Awards
Webisodes must be a minimum of 4 minutes and maximum 30 minutes.

Fight & Action Scenes: 2 Minute Warning Awards
Fight and Action Scenes has a 3 minute maximum time limited but no minimum.

Overall Rating
  • Chris Rakotomamonjy

    It's such a huge event in the heart of Times Square. Awards ceremony is awesome and like those we see on TV. There's an impressive line up and lots of categories. Staff is very kind. It's an ambitious though lovely event.

    November 2019
  • This is a GREAT festival if you're a fan of action films! And how cool is it to screen your film in Times Square, NYC!!??! Excellent communication with the organizers and super friendly staff. I look forward to being apart of this festival again.

    November 2019
  • Jason Lor

    I was happy to find out that my action/adventure screenplay was an official selection this year. My only disappointment was not being able to make it this year to the festival. Congrats to everyone who made it this year and also a big thanks to the wonderful staff for making this festival happen and bringing all these legendary heroes of the big screen together. Looking forward to next year.

    November 2019
  • Kujo Ashanti

    Had a great time at the festival and was honored to have my film nominated and win in it's category. If you're into action this is the place to be!

    November 2019
  • Anthony Miller

    I had a great time being around so many people with a great interest in the action genre of film. The festival was the first I've ever been with my short film 'The Art of Fighting Without Fighting' being nominated. Thanks again and hope to have something ready for next year.

    November 2019