These film awards are run by high-end industry professionals who have decided to show recognition to all good-quality productions and crew people. We seek to encourage young people and established artists alike in the film and television industry. We are based in Malibu West.

We cannot reveal who is behind these awards for fear of "friends & colleagues" expecting special favors. These awards are our way of saying thanks to all the great crew people world-wide who scarifice so much for the art.

The Bigfoot awards were created by one of the judges who had a sighting of a Sasquatch-type creature in the 1970s around the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Shark Bite Awards were created by another of our judges who is a keen surfer and mourns the loss of the Great Whites who used to populate the edges of the surfing beaches. We mourn the disappearance of these great beasts.

Our new range of awards reflect the great traditions of Hollywood, Film-making and Great literature.

There are many sub-categories:

West Coast Jury Awards for Features and Shorts

Bigfoot Awards covering Documentaries and Art Films

Shark Bite Awards covering music Videos and speciality projects

H.G. WELLS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE FICTION

FRITZ LANG AWARD OF DISTINCTION

ELBERT LEWIS AWARD for musical compositions

GEORGES MÉLIÈS FESTIVAL AWARD

LUIS BUÑUEL AWARD for art and documentary

THEATRE OPTIQUE AWARD FOR INNOVATION

NOSFERATU FILM AWARD

GRACE KELLEY ACTRESS AWARD

BOGART ACTOR AWARD

CHARLIE CHAPLIN SHORT FILM AWARDS

INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

Awards are given in the form of a digital jpeg via email. We do this to keep the entry costs down. You will also have a listing on our website and Facebook.

If you want a physical trophy, we do provide these at an extra cost. PLEASE do not complain about this. We keep our entry costs down. Look at our website if you wish to purchase a trophy. Please be aware that there is very little profit in the physical trophy awards.

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
-Feature Films are defined as over 62 minutes. Preferred feature film consideration shall be awarded to films over 72 mins.

-The winners shall be notified by email within 3 weeks of entires closing and will receive a digital certificate.

- In order to keep entry fees down, no award trophies are handed out to winners You have the option to pay an extra fee to recive a custom awards trophy if you choose. The option shall be given upon receiving the winning email

-The awards competition is open to people all over the world, but be aware that an extra shipping fee for your physical award can be incurred.

DETAILS OF THE TROPHIES ARE ON THE WEBSITE.

-You are encouraged to enter as many categories as you wish. Be assured that although you have better odds at winning the more "obscure" categories, no guarantee is given that you will win anything.

Overall Rating
Quality
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Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • This is an absolute top tier and efficiently ran festival. 5 star ratings on everything and they have the best communications I have ever experienced on this film festival circuit. West Coast Film Awards are genuine people who are all about supporting the Arts, Films, and Film makers. This festival absolutely is one all film makers must submit to they are truly about the craft. Their dedication to the film world is the reason they will continue to be an Industry Staple. Such an amazing Festival. 10 stars 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank You Sammie. You have a rare talent!!!!

  • Lamont Wilkins

    The West Coast Film Festival was absolutely wonderful! The festival director Ute and her team were very professional, warm and engaging throughout the whole entire process making this a great festival experience. Definitely highly recommended to submit your film!!

    October 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank You Lamont, we are very proud of you and your Team, keep up the good work

  • Jesus Narvaez

    West Coast Film Awards is a very awesome film festival to submit your films in. The people are very cool. Also, I won an award from them as well. Thanks, West Coast Film Awards. :)

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jesus, we are very proud of you . Keep up the good work

  • Tom Young

    Ute and her team do an amazingly job with the number of people, films, categories, and genres they judge. The festival team is an absolute pleasure, It’s an online festival, so networking with other filmmakers is minimal by definition. But, I will gladly submit to this festival again when I'm finished with my next project. Ute has this headed in the right direction!

    October 2018
  • Dominic Paolo Testa

    They did a great job and have a lot of categories to enter in.

    October 2018