The Urban Action Showcase and Expo featuring the Cinemax Action Short Film Competition is the only All Action Film Showcase, Film Festival, Action Script Competition and Action Expo celebrating and honoring the Multicultural achievements in the genre of Heroes!
The quest of the UASE 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 UASE 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 UASE inevitably inspires interest in the art of Action Film making, Acting, and Artistry through information, education, facilitation and exposure.
The UAS offers both mainstream and No Budget contests which allows everyone the opportunity to be honored!

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

Content must have been directed by and or written by and or star persons of color.
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 for.
Content must be in English or English Subtitles.

The Urban Action Showcase Competitions are open to U.S and Foreign submissions.

There is No production Date restriction for the 2017 Competitions.
There is No premier restrictions for the 2017 Competitions.

The Blood Sweat n Bones (No Budget) Feature Contest budget must be under $5000.00
The Blood Sweat n Bones (No Budget) Short Contest budget must be under $2000.00

The Cinemax Action Short Film Competition: Original Shorts must be a minimum of 15 minutes and maximum 30 minutes in length. Content must not have been licensed on any platform to be eligible. Winner receive $10,000.00 and is eligible to be featured on Cinemax On Demand, Max Action and Max Go. Seeking the following Action categories: Martial Arts, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural, Action Crime, Military Action, Action Comedy. Deadlines: August 1 and Sept. 1 (late deadline) , 2016!
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 45 minutes.

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

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.

26 Reviews

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    Amy Kelly

    I am sorry I couldn't make it, but I loved watching the posts on social media and will work very hard to attend future events.

    November 2017
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    Vincent Veloso

    Demetrius Angelo and everyone at the Urban Action Showcase & Expo are a world class organization. They are organized, communicate well and offer the opportunity, to everyone but especially diverse & under represented voices, to share their films and voices. Also, to meet influential actors, producers, martial artists and filmmakers from all over the world at VIP events at HBO/Cinemax are an honor and game changing. You will learn a lot, meet many and have the chance to have your film screened in the heart of times square AMC Empire 25 theater with excellent sound and screen. Totally worth it. Thank you again so much for having us an official Selection and for awarding Catherine Curtin (Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black) best actor and Changelings best Sci-Fi FX/supernatural series. Hope to have the opportunity to be accepted in another UASE very soon.

    November 2017
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    Choice Skinner

    Really enjoyed myself at this festival we won Best Fan Film 2017! Demetrius Angelo is one of the best organizers I've met. Screening the films have to be worked on a bit and passes are hard to get but overall very professional and very well put together. My crew and I had a great time. Definitely worth the submission!

    November 2017
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    Richard Burgos

    My 2nd year at Urban Action, this year 2017 came in as a director, and I must say that like the first years, always felt welcomed by all, loved and especially the response from other directors, practitioners etc.. The amount of love that's in the place is like non-other. I can't wait for next year. Love it.

    November 2017
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    Robert Jones


    November 2017