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 CHAPLAIN SHORT FILM 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
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • As an online event, you can't really give stars for Networking, but they do a pretty nice job of maintaining their FB account and communicating through social media, which allows for networking on an internet level. But, the communication from the festival is fantastic. And easily one of the best online events I have participated in.

    June 2017
  • Brooke Lewis

    What a fabulous gem of a festival and awards event! A respected friend in the industry suggested I submit to this festival and there was surely no disappointment! We were fortunate to gain accolades for 2 films and will be back! The communication was excellent! Thank you!

    June 2017
  • Linnea Sage

    This was a cool festival! Their awards are varied and fun. It was online only so there wasn't an opportunity for networking, but I am hoping that some cool and influential people did see my film. They were really nice and excited for me, which was awesome!

    June 2017
  • Alec Gutherz

    Thank you to the West Coast Film Awards for recognizing our film GOD'S COUNTRY. It was a privilege to receive the awards that we did and we appreciate your great communication and help along the way.

    June 2017
  • Chris Esper

    Great folks and a great festival. I'm honored to have been selected for a few of my projects and be awarded.

    February 2017