IMDb's qualifier Vegas Movie Awards (VMA) is a prestigious monthly competition and annual Film Festival for filmmakers worldwide, based in one of the most dynamic cities in the world.

We are filmmakers like you. We faced all the struggles to get our projects noticed, after facing the even bigger struggles to get our projects DONE…we, exactly like you, believed in something impossible, or just crazy, for people around us. We worked hard, sacrificing almost everything, and we made it happen.

We took part in lots of Film Festivals around the globe: enjoyed some of them, felt unvalued in several of them. We eventually learned from all these experiences, and worked for months to build our own Film Festival, with the only three ingredients for us that matter most: HIGH-QUALITY, PASSION, and CARE for our participants.

We at Vegas Movie Awards want to give filmmakers that media attention and gratification they honestly deserve.


We celebrate and support Independent, new, and alternative filmmakers: we believe in fresh voices, capable of doing original, edgy, risky films that defy the mainstream.

We want to help you get that exposure you demand, by amplifying your voice. We want to put you and your project in the spotlight, right in the city of a thousand lights.

It’s time for you to take what’s rightfully yours.


More info on www.VEGASMOVIEAWARDS.com


16 REASONS to submit on VMA:

✔ Free HQ digital certificates for all our winners, ready to print

✔ 22 Main categories with Award considerations

✔ 22 further additional categories, to increase your chances to win an award

✔ Immediate media coverage on our social media platforms and websites

✔ Stunning promotional golden laurels, to give your advertising materials that “WOW!” factor

✔ Real prestigious trophy designed and crafted in Italy

✔ Peer review - Our judges are filmmakers who understand your hard work

✔ International jury composed of Producers, Award-winning Directors, and writers

✔ Astonishing annual event in one of the most prestigious cities in the world

✔ Red carpet and press interviews with International media during the event

✔ Special Award prizes offered by our Sponsors based in Las Vegas

✔ Opportunities for best movies to find Distribution deals

✔ Tips and news sent to our submitters during the year, to help them push their projects

✔ Great networking opportunities all year through our private Facebook group (available soon)

✔ Major networking opportunities “live” during the annual event in Las Vegas

✔ NO RESTRICTIONS for your film's premiere and/or online status!



*Further details about our annual event and screenings will be released soon.

All projects officially selected each month receive the Vegas Movie Awards official laurel, and are promoted through our social media and website.

Films submitted to Vegas Movie Awards are judged by our International Jury on their overall artistic and technical quality, on a performance scale.

Winning entries are recognized and awarded monthly at four levels, in the following order:

- Honorable Mentions

All the monthly winners (Best of the Month / Excellence / Prestige / Honorable Mentions) receive the Vegas Movie Awards digital laurel, a customized HQ digital certificate, have the option to purchase one of our stunning trophies, and/or a special interview to get more prestige from their wins.

Best of the Month, Excellence, and Prestige winners are automatically qualified to compete at the VMA annual event. All the Honorable Mentions will be invited to take part in the event as well, given the networking possibilities and the extra prizes by the sponsors.

Our monthly Excellence winners will have the chance to win free golden trophies for “Best of The Fest” in the main categories they won, during the annual event in the heart of Las Vegas.

Our monthly Prestige winners will also have the chance to win special mentions awards for the main categories they won, during the annual event.

Further special prizes offered by our big Sponsors will be awarded during the event.

The BEST OF THE YEAR will get the VMA digital laurel, a customized wax-sealed certificate, a free golden trophy, a free interview, and a special final prize to get the most of this experience with us in Las Vegas, and be REALLY the King/Queen on top of the city, for one night.


Best of the month (Special Award given by our Jury)
Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Indie Feature (low budget)
Best Indie Short (low budget)
Best Animation
Best Student Film
Best Comedy
Best Drama
Best Horror
Best Thriller
Best Action
Best Sci-Fi
Best Experimental Film
Best Inspirational Film
Best Virtual Reality
Best Web/TV Series
Best Web/TV Pilot
Best Advertising Film
Best Feature Script/Screenplay
Best Short Script/Screenplay
Best Music Video
+ Audience Award (Special Award)


Best Trailer
Best Commercial
Best Director
Best First Time Director
Best Producer
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Child/Young Actor
Best Child/Young Actress
Best Duo
Best Ensemble
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Best Song
Best Sound Design
Best Visual Effects
Best Costume Design
Best Original Story
Best Screenplay from a movie
Best First Time Screenwriter


BEST OF THE YEAR (Special Award given by our Jury)
BEST OF FEST for each main category (Special Awards given by our Jury)

* NOTE: if any category does not meet the standard deemed award-worthy by the judging committee, it’s possible that there will be no award announced in that category.

Films must be submitted via online screener ONLY. We do not accept films sent over by DVD.

Your film will get privately screened and evaluated by a team of international filmmakers.

Please help us promote you and your work, in the best way possible.
Make sure to fully enter your project on FilmFreeway, including downloadable poster and names of the candidates for additional categories.

* By submitting your film, please note that:

- All non-English films must have English subtitles in order to be judged.
- All submissions must have been completed after January 1st, 2015.
- Vegas Movie Awards can use parts of your film (including trailers / film posters / press kits / teaser) for promotional purposes.
- Entry fees are not refundable.
- Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.
- All additional categories require a MAIN category. Additional categories only will be not accepted.
- Waiver codes are currently not available.
- Judging decisions are final.
- We do not accept films with poor quality standards (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution below 720p).
- Entrants confirm and warrant that they have the required legal authority to use all music, images, and content in the entry submitted.
- Work-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
- No restrictions on premiere or online statuses.
- We will never share your films or scripts online without your consent.

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Overall Rating
  • Thanks to Vegas Movie Awards for appreciating my work. My 20min short was produced on a micro budget with a limited crew. However my team put in a lot of work, time and passion to complete Traces of Eliza. It goes to show you that if you are passionate about your work no matter the budget we can all come out a winner. Once again thank you for your support. The VMA’s was extremely professional in their communication, certificates and support for low budget films. I hope to be a part of your festival next year. Thanks to all the crew at Vegas Movie Awards.

    February 2020
  • Honored to have participated in this prestigious festival. Great communication, beautiful website and social. Festival recommended for all filmmakers. An applause to the whole organization of the Vegas Movie Awards from the whole cast of Two destinies overwhelmed by the revolution, the fan film on Lady Oscar and Maria Antonietta. Thanks (and thanks for rewarding us)

    February 2020
  • I am honored that my first screenplay The Real Thing won both the “Award of Excellence - Best 1st Time Screenwriter” and the “Honorable Mention - Best Feature Script” accolades.

    Youth hasn’t stopped the Vegas Movie Awards from showing other film festivals how everything should be done: every aspect has been superb – from the acuity of the judges to the timely and unsurpassed communication.

    Will the Vegas Movie Awards become bigger than Elvis? Don’t bet against it…

    February 2020
  • Kelly LaCombe

    Strictly online for me, but the communication was timely and positive!!!

    February 2020
  • Johanna Zaïre

    Great festival! Thanks for awarding my music video. We're so greatful.

    February 2020