Fostered in the spirit of the historic, and breathtakingly beautiful Yosemite, the world's most magnificent national park and one of America's premiere natural wonders, the Yosemite International Film Festival awards and bestows recognition for some of the world's finest and most visionary independent films and screenplays made by many of the leading contemporary artists and creative minds working in cinema and screenwriting today.

Founded by environmentally-aware, eco-friendly filmmakers, our mission is to recognize and award progressive, eye-opening, independent cinema and writing of all genres and to foster an appreciation and understanding toward the preservation and majesty of our natural world.

Each year, the Yosemite International Film Festival recognizes excellence in filmmaking in several competition categories with the prestigious Yosemite Film Awards. The Official Jury will award deserving films, filmmakers, and writers in the following categories: Best Picture, Screenplay, Directing, Actor, Actress, Art Design, Cinematography, Editing, Animation, Short Films, Feature Narratives, Documentaries, Foreign Films, Music Videos, Experimental Films, First-Time Directors, Environmental Films, and Student Films. In addition, Special Jury Prizes will be awarded to several standout films and screenplays at the discretion of the Jury.

The Yosemite International Film Festival is a non-traditional film festival and awards competition created as a platform to provide worthy films and filmmakers with recognition for their filmmaking and screenwriting achievements. As of our 2011 event, we have transitioned from a traditional live film festival held each year in Yosemite Valley, to an annual online awards competition. Films are not screened for the public. Once the Judges have concluded the judging process, winners are announced publicly on our official website and through various promotional channels targeting the film and entertainment industry.

The Yosemite Film Festival, as it has in years past, and at its sole discretion, may also opt to hold a formal awards ceremony in Yosemite where winners receive awards in person at a formal dinner and award ceremony. The Festival kindly asks that any awards won be mentioned in the projects' promotional materials, although it is not a requirement.

Awards & Prizes

The Yosemite Film Festival will select one exclusive Grand Prize Winner for each official competition category, the competition's highest and most coveted honor. In addition to the Grand Prize Winners, the Jury will recognize and award only the most finely produced films and screenplays with honors in three distinguished tiers.

To preserve the prestige and exclusivity of the awards, only a limited number of projects per competition category are honored with awards in the main awards tiers.

Award Tiers:
John Muir Award
Silver Sierra Award
El Capitan Award

For productions that display exceptional quality and merit, Special Jury Awards are also presented to worthy productions at the discretion of the Judges.

Grand Prize Awards List and Competition Categories:
Grand Jury Award
Special Jury Prize
Best Environmental Film
Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Foreign Feature
Best Foreign Short
Best California Feature
Best California Short
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video
Best Television Pilot
Best Student Feature
Best Student Short
Best Animated Feature
Best Animated Short
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Additional Grand Prizes awarded at discretion of Jury, when appropriate.

Screenplay Competition:
Feature Script Contest
Grand Prize Winners
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
10 Official Finalists

Short Script Contest:
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
10 Official Finalists

Television Writing Contest:
1st Place Spec Script
1st Place Television Pilot
5 Official Finalists

Rules & Terms

More than one entry may be submitted. Each must be submitted with its own entry and fee.

The Yosemite Film Festival is a non-traditional film festival and Internet based awards competition created as a platform to provide worthy films and filmmakers with recognition for their filmmaking and screenwriting achievements. Films are not physically screened for the public.

Once the Judges have concluded the judging process, winners are announced publicly on our official website and through various promotional channels targeting the film and entertainment industry.

The Festival kindly asks that any awards won be mentioned in the projects' promotional materials, although it is not a requirement.

Entry fee is nonrefundable.

Titles produced in languages other than English must have legible English subtitles.

You agree to indemnify us and hold us and our employees, owners, affiliates, and partners harmless from all claims and liability associated with your participation or entry to the Yosemite International Film Festival.

The selection committees' and juries' decisions are final.

Yosemite International Film Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling.

By submitting your film to the Yosemite International Film Festival you agree that you have read, accept, will abide by all rules and regulations.

Screenplays:
Entrants (you) retain all rights to any sceenplays you submit to our competition.

We will not share your screenplay or personal contact information with any third party aside form our judges.

Screenplays should be in standard screenplay format and should be no longer than 180 pages.

Short screenplays (under 50 pages) are accepted.

More than one entry may be submitted. Each must be submitted with its own entry and fee.

Submissions must be the original work of the applicant. Entries, however, may be adapted from the applicant’s own work which should be noted on the entry form.

Script materials will not be returned.

Entry fee is nonrefundable.

The selection committees' and juries' decisions are final.

Once the Judges have concluded the judging process, winners are announced publicly on our official website and through various promotional channels targeting the film and entertainment industry.

The Festival kindly asks that any awards won be mentioned in the projects' promotional materials, although it is not a requirement.

You agree to indemnify us and hold us and our employees, owners, affiliates, and partners harmless from all claims and liability associated with your participation or entry to the Yosemite International Film Festival.

The selection committees' and juries' decisions are final.

Yosemite International Film Festival reserves the right to make any necessary changes in regulations or scheduling.

By submitting your film or screenplay to the Yosemite International Film Festival you agree that you have read, accept, will abide by all rules and regulations.

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    Akin Tekin

    Yosemite International Film Festival is the one of best festivals of world through which I could express my environmental thoughts. So I am one of Grand Prize Winner of best screenplays. I am proud of you and thank you dear Festival Team and Jury.
    Akin Tekin, Sociologist Author

    November 2017
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    Harold Brown

    I have been involved with this festival for several years as a screenwriter. They are always so professional. I plan to enter in 2018. Harold L Brown

    November 2017
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    Jim Norman

    A terrific festival for screenwriters, which can't be said about many other festivals. I'll definitely be submitted again in the future.

    November 2017
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    Barrett Gregory

    Great festival opportunity! Great communication, several award categories and winners get a chance to take home a beautiful trophy and certificate!

    November 2016
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    James Carroll

    Excellent Film Festival. Great communication. It was a true honor to win and best screenplay.

    November 2016