Zepstone International Film Awards is an IMDb qualifying seasonal festival with in-person events (Zepstone Festival - film, music, arts) that take place annually in the summer. Our goal is to showcase independent films from Utah and beyond, and to connect communities with artists.

At Zepstone International Film Awards, we believe that independent voices deserve to be heard. We are in love with storytelling and unique artistic visions. We also believe in showcasing underrepresented positions within film crews, as well as musical song categories. Check out our award categories for more information!

Big news! Zepstone Festival is now a part of the Zepstone Arts Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. In addition to showcasing the arts, we have some big things coming in 2024, including an arts scholarship competition. Stay tuned for details!


Our festival is broken up into 4 seasons: Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. Each season, we announce Official Selections and Winners. From those best-of-the-best winners, they will go on to compete for annual awards, such as Best Short Film of the Year, Best Music Score of the Year, Best Music Video of the Year, etc. Every June, we host the Zepstone Festival, which showcases filmmakers, musicians, and the arts. The Zepstone Festival culminates with the prestigious Red Carpet Awards Show, where nominees and annual winners will be announced.

Each season, at juror and reviewer discretion, filmmakers may be eligible for project reviews and artist interviews.


*Best Narrative Film
*Best Short Film
*Best Ensemble Cast
*Best Cinematography
*Best Assistant Camera
*Best Editing
*Best Director
*Best First-Time Director
*Best Music Score
*Best Sound Design
*Best Original Screenplay - Feature
*Best Original Screenplay - Short
*Best Makeup/ FX Makeup
*Best VFX/ CGI
*Best Wardrobe Design
*Best Production Design
*Best Lighting
*Best Assistant Director
*Best Grip
*Best Story
*Best Web/TV Series Episode
*Best International Film - Feature
* Best International Film - Short
*Best Documentary
*Best Horror Film
*Best Comedy Film
*Best Drama Film
*Best Family Film
*Best Fan Film
*Best Action/Adventure Film
*Best Fantasy Film
*Best Experimental Film
*Best LGBTQ+ Film
*Best Animated Film
*Best Science Fiction/AI Film
*Best Film Noir
*Best Actor
*Best Supporting Actor
*Best Actress
*Best Supporting Actress
*Best Stunt Work
*Best Music Video
*Best Producer
*Best Proof of Concept
*Best Drone Cinematography
*Best Actor Under 18
*Best Actress Under 18
*Best Western Film
*Best Dystopian / Apocalyptic Film
* Best Micro-Short (Under 5 Minutes-Long)
*Best Student Film
*Best Thriller Film
*Best Period Piece
*Best Fictional Podcast Recording
*Best Fictional Podcast Script


*Best Acoustic Song
*Best Bluegrass Song
*Best Blues Song
*Best Country Song
*Best EDM/Techno Song
*Best Folk Song
*Best Funk Song
*Best Jazz Song
*Best Metal/Progressive Song
*Best Pop Song
*Best Psychedelic Song
*Best Punk Song
*Best Rap/Hip-Hop/R&B Song
*Best Reggae/Ska Song
*Best Rock Song
*Best World Song
*Best Alternative/Indie Song
*Best Contemporary Song
*Best Music Video Producer
*Best Music Video Sound Engineer
*Best Animated Music Video


*Short Film of the Year

*Micro Short of the Year

*Feature Film of the Year

*Music Video of the Year

*Web Series or Web Episode of the Year

*International Film of the Year

*Screenplay of the Year - Feature-Length

*Screenplay of the Year - Short

* Director of the Year

*Actress of the Year

*Actor of the Year

*Supporting Actor of the Year

*Supporting Actress of the Year

*Music Score of the Year

*Cinematographer of the Year

*Editor of the Year

*Documentary of the Year

*Costume Design of the Year

*Production Design of the Year

*VFX/Animation of the Year

*Inspirational Film of the Year

*Social Impact Award

*The Willowstone Award

*The Grimstone Award

WILDCARDS: At the jury discretion, annual nominees for highly scored categories may be included as nominees in the annual events, even if they were not formally winners of a season. Many factors go into inclusion for wild card nominees. These nominees may have proven to have achieved high scores by the jury, but perhaps they didn’t formally win during a season because of volume, or perhaps these particular filmmakers have achieved more than one accomplishment during a festival year, etc. Love surprises? So do we!

Short and feature films, in the form of narrative (fiction), documentary (non fiction), experimental or animated film.
Music Videos
Web/TV Series (also pilot)
Feature Scripts, Short Scripts

By submitting your film, take note that:

You agree to use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster/stills) for promotional purpose.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.
You agree to receive promotional email from us and our festival partners
You can submit again your work for the following months.
The films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English)
The scripts must be in English.

We do not accept:

Amateur videos
Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations
Films involving politics / films promoting political agenda
Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD.

Winner announcements: All seasonal winners will be announced on our website and social media pages. Winners will also receive certificates. Official Selection status means that you are being considered for a seasonal award. The Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, and Best Music Video seasonal categories will be eligible for live screening at the annual festival event.

Best of the Fest - Annual winner announcements and trophies: Will take place at the live annual screening and awards event (see annual categories above).

FAQ: What does Official Selection mean? Official Selection means your project has been selected for the season in which you have entered. It also means that your project may be eligible for seasonal awards. DISCLAIMER: Seasonal Official Selection does not guarantee screening selection for the annual live Zepstone Festival events in June. There are many factors that go into live programming, including production quality, run time, festival block themes, and any awards/nominations received.

Overall Rating
  • I loved this festival! Super fun and professional.

    January 2024
  • Jamie Sage Cotton

    It was an honor to have my short film Black Sheep selected to be a part of this professional event. AS a first time film maker this was a thrill.

    December 2023
  • Howard Hong

    It's been a great experience. I am honored to have my short screenplay recognized. I look forward to the annual film festival in the summer.

    December 2023
  • robin walton

    Great Festival. Great organization. Here's to the future!

    November 2023
  • Kevin Croxton

    We were absolutely thrilled when our fan film, "Indiana Jones and the Treasure of the Aztecs" won 7 awards, including Best Fan Film. One of the things that really sets the Zepstone Film Awards apart from other Film Awards, is that they recognize many film crafts that others don't, such as lighting, grip, etc...If you are looking for a film awards festival that creates the opportunity for many different facets of your film production to be recognized, Zepstone is for you.

    November 2023