Join the passionate and purpose-driven ETHOS Film Awards team of Hollywood industry professionals, including our partner film-festivals, like The Newsfest, Conquering Disabilities with Film, Filmmakers Alliance, as well as the Artist Emerged and the ETHOS Film Institute 501(c)(3), at the ETHOS Film Awards International Film Festival for its 6th edition. Founded by producers, directors, and actors, our festival celebrates courageous talent and takes place annually in Santa Monica each November.

Our festival showcases purpose-driven films that promote peace, diversity, inclusion, and environmental sustainability, which we believe are crucial to conceptualizing a vision for a better future. We see the art of film and storytelling as a sacred process that transcends all cultures and languages.

We accept all genres and lengths, be it fiction, documentary, action, adventure, comedy, sci-fi, thrillers, horror, documentaries, and experimental projects, as long as they promote a message that furthers a better tomorrow. We celebrate inclusion, diversity, and accept films from underrepresented voices such as the neuro-diverse and disability community, people of color, women, voices for peace, mental health, and the protection of families, children, and animals, as well as environmental activists.

Our 7-day live event in Santa Monica offers highly educational panels about urgent topics that affect humanity and our planet, including the business aspects of the film industry. We provide a platform for filmmakers from different parts of the world to showcase their work, creating a global community of purpose-driven filmmakers.

All finalists will screen during our 7-day live event at our iconic partner venues, including the Broad Stages, Laemmle Monica Film Center, the Center for Design and Media, the Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute, and the Annenberg Community Beach Center, right at the Santa Monica beach front.

Previous lineups include industry powerhouses such as Meg Fauve, Barnet Bain, Ted Baehr, Rodo Sayaquez, Cindy Cowan, James Keach, Kay Sumner, Sandi Bachom, Marie Diamond, Henry Jaglom, Claire Hasood, Lewis Teague, and many more.

The ETHOS Film Awards International Film Festival and the ETHOS Film Institute 501(c)3 are dedicated to educating, empowering, and inspiring purpose-driven filmmakers worldwide who create impactful films with messages for a better future. We value the educational aspect of our work and have partnered with the Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute and their renowned ancillary film program Center for Design and Media to nurture relationships with students and the next generation of filmmakers.

Our objective is to foster conversations and incite action by encouraging filmmakers to create and submit films that inspire change. We recognize outstanding films in various categories and provide workshops, panels, and discussions to provide opportunities for filmmakers and members of the public to engage with each other and discuss important social issues.

The ETHOS Film Awards International Film Festival is an important event for anyone interested in impact-driven film and the power of impactful stories. Our festival is open to all filmmakers, writers, and composers of all genres and lengths - fiction and non-fiction are welcome. We invite filmmakers with a social impact message, be it subtle or straightforward, to submit their films.

Join us for the ETHOS Film Awards International Film Festival and be a part of a community that promotes social change through powerful messages. Our festival offers incredible resources and an exciting variety of Hollywood industry experts, seminar speakers, and celebrity panelists, right in the heart of Los Angeles.

Award Categories for our ETHOS Film Awards:

Category Winners will be announced during the award celebrations but will receive a notice of their Finalist nomination ahead of time.

Winners will receive awards ranging from our ETHOS Film Award Statue, certificates, mentorship awards, cash stipends, gear, and more.

ETHOS Film Awards for Outstanding Achievements in:

Fiction Film (all genres)
Scripts / Written Word

Award title honor the following categories (based on submission quality):

Courage, Sustainability, Tolerance, Diversity and Inclusion, Environmental, Peace, Disability and Neuro-Diversity, Human Connection, Gender Equality, Mental Health, Addiction Recovery, Music in Film, Social Justice, Education Matters, Next Generation (content created by children up to 18 years)

We also reserve the right to ad additional annual, depending on submissions and some of the awards:

ETHOS Special Awards:
Grand Jury Best Director
Grand Jury Best Feature Film
ETHOS Lifetime Achievement Award (Out of Competition)
Klaus Klein Special Award
ETHOS Female Empowerment Award
ETHOS Writer of the Year
ETHOS Producer of the Year

Other Special Award winners will be informed ahead of time to utilize P.R. and Social Media most effectively.


We accept and showcase submissions for fiction, and nonfiction features, shorts, music videos, photography, composition, and of course, the written word - all formats are welcome.

ETHOS Film Awards selects every submission with an impact message and meets our quality standard as a reward for all filmmakers advancing this world with their art. All genres are welcome. Winners and specific finalists of screened content will be contacted three weeks before the Festival.

All entries will be judged on the filmmaker's content, creativity, imagery, story, and skill. Films produced from 2020 to October 2024 may be submitted. Works in progress will be accepted.

We only screen finalists (films that receive a nomination) during our live event.

All other official selections will be presented in our online showcase and do not require a DCP.


We will NOT accept online Films for theater screenings.

ALL ACCEPTED SUBMISSIONS MUST provide an MPEG4 film File and be directly uploaded in our googledrive system.

The ETHOS Film Awards is hereby granted the right to utilize footage, and promotional materials supplied by the submitting agent from any film submitted and accepted film, video, or project for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. ETHOS Film Awards may use footage from their projects to promote the Festival, their film, or the Event via print, web, and broadcast television.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Anabelle Munro's The ETHOS Film Awards International Film Festival, its vendors, sponsors, and supporters from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Written Word Submission Rules:

We accept written word submissions for features, shorts, short shorts, scenes, poetry, and prose.

All genres are welcome.

One copy of an original feature film screenplay uploaded as a PDF file will be accepted. (Do NOT include more than 1 version). We do not accept hardcopy scripts.
The screenplay should be in standard industry format (12-point Courier).

Under no circumstances will substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of an entry screenplay be allowed under the original submission.
Corrected or edited screenplays must be resubmitted as a NEW entry and will require a separate submission fee.

Submissions must be the original work of the entrant(s) and may not be based, in whole or in part, on any other fiction or nonfiction material, published or unpublished, produced or un-produced.

We do not ship Awards.

Each filmmaker whose work has been selected will receive a free Gold Pass upon arrival at the Festival. These passes are non-transferable and will give the filmmaker free access to all screenings and panels.

Overall Rating
  • Vinícius de La Rocha

    Being one of the filmmakers selected for this fantastic festival was an honor—a great atmosphere, perfect for networking. I learned much from my experiences in Santa Monica and can't wait for the next edition. Congratulations on your incredible work, Anabelle!

    January 2024
  • Had a great time. Good people, great workshops!

    December 2023
  • Joanne M. Lisosky

    We were so pleased to be selected. We thought it was inspired to place our film with others created by talented women. Thank you.

    November 2023
  • Paula Randol-Smith

    The Ethos Film Awards was one of the most memorable moments in my life. Recognizing my Journalistic filmmaking and giving my film a voice, was gift of huge proportions. So it was a gem as a new festival that is at the forefront of purpose, the forefront of inclusivity, and the forefront of change by making a impact with it's mission.
    The women that founded it and run It , are committed to making a difference...and they do. I won the 2023 Impact Film of The Year Award for a Documentary that I've worked on for 25 years, this festival I'm grateful to specifically Anabelle D. Munro and Diane Miller. Moving forward has been made so much easier in getting my film recognized! Santa Monica Thank you for giving this treasure of a festival a home. Well Done Ethos!!! Thank you.

    November 2023
  • Elliot Kotek

    Proud to have been a part of this festival!

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much!! We are so proud that YOU were part of the festival - without filmmakers like you, we couldn't exist!