The Accolade Global Film Competition

A prestigious and unique global film competition.

Accolade honors and promotes the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality films and new media with the expressed intention of helping filmmakers gain the credibility and publicity they justly deserve.

The Accolade, currently in its 13th year, is a top-tier prestigious global film competition that is unique in the industry. The Accolade gives talented directors, producers, actors and creative teams the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality entertainment and new media. Attracting both powerhouse industry veterans as well as talented new filmmakers, the Accolade is a unique hybrid awards competition with seasonal deadlines; not a traditional film festival. Our talented award winners have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys & Tellys.

MovieMaker Magazine named The Accolade as “One of the top 25 festivals worth the entry fee” they stated: "Past participants can't stop raving about the professional opportunities participation in this event has generated for their work."

Serving filmmakers is Accolade’s primary goal!

The Accolade promotes award winners through press releases to over 40,000 filmmakers and industry contacts as well as five additional global media/distribution outlets.

Where our filmmakers are from:

The Accolade Global Film Competition is truly international in scope and has received projects from filmmakers in over 64 countries, they include Australia, Bahrain, Bali, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kosovo, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, the USA and more.

What kind of media

The Accolade Competition is an excellent venue for film, new and experimental media, television programs, animation, educational programs, remixes & mashups, movie trailers, music videos, webisodes, tube length works and more.

Benefits of Participating:
• Promotional Laurels – give your film opening and graphics that wow factor!
• Peer Review – our judges are filmmakers who understand the craft and what audiences want.
• Publicity Enhancement – Winners are announced to a database of 44,000+ email industry professionals as well as additional international media outlets.
• Press Release - We provide a fill-in-the-blanks Press Release to help you promote your win. We've done the heavy lifting - just fill it in and send to media outlets that suit your work!
• Social Media Push – Facebook and Twitter announcements of winners and updates from our filmmaking community can be shared with your own lists.

Awards & Prizes

Judging and Award Levels

Each year the Accolade Competition receives thousands of entries. Quality and creativity are celebrated in four levels of awards: Best of Show, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit and Awards of Recognition.

The judging takes place by in-house staff and a committee of industry professionals including Emmy, Telly and Communicator award nominees and recipients.

As with the Telly and regional Emmy Awards, entries do not compete against each other. Instead, entries are judged against a high standard of merit and are scored accordingly. Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded as Best of Show, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, Awards of Recognition or no award.

Best of Show honors are granted to the top scoring entry for each season. Awards of Excellence are granted to entries with truly exceptional filmmaking. Notable artistic and technical productions are recognized at the Award of Merit award level and Award of Recognition recognizes achievement in a specific category of entry.

No fixed numbers of awards are granted at any level but rather fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline.


Each individual submission will receive two confirmation emails. One from FilmFreeway confirming your entry through their system and one directly from the Accolade Global Film Competition team with additional details.

After judging is completed, winners in all categories will be notified of their award immediately following the submission of the judge’s findings to the Accolade staff. Submissions that were not awarded will be notified after the judging process. All award winners are also provided the opportunity to acquire statuettes and other keepsakes to commemorate their achievement.

Humanitarian Award

Accolade is a competition with a conscience. Each year the Accolade Global Film Competition grants its annual Humanitarian Award for dedicated service to Social Justice, Animal Welfare, Political, Environmental, Wellness, or Conscious Awareness issues. Films meeting these criteria and recognized at the Award of Excellence level can be nominated for the Humanitarian Award by any of the judges. All nominated films are then reviewed at the end of each year and awards granted. Each year the judges will select one Grand Prize winner and award Outstanding Achievement and Award of Distinction to all deserving films.

Rules & Terms

Rules / Eligibility

1. Submissions in other than English must be subtitled.

2. Multiple entries are allowed from a filmmaker and each entry may be entered in multiple categories.

3. Online screeners preferred. If you choose not to upload your project to FilmFreeway’s site, please provide an online link to your submission and be sure to include the password in an email correspondence sent directly to Accolade. If you choose to send a DVD screener please format it in NTSC, label the cover with the FilmFreeway Tracking ID, film title, filmmaker name and telephone number, and forward it to Accolade’s mailing address.

4. Accolade does not download data or accept Dropbox submissions. Please only send links to your media hosted on 3rd party servers such as Vimeo or YouTube.

5. Written comments describing entries are beneficial.

6. DVD Entries will not be returned.

7. All films submitted under a “Student Fee” category will be listed as a (Student) on all materials including social media and press releases. Student I.D. required.


The Accolade Competition statuette is exceptional in the industry and is a work of art. Plated with 24k gold, the beautiful fifteen inch tall statuette is manufactured by the company that makes the worlds’ most prestigious and celebrated awards, the Oscar, Clio, and IndieFEST.

Sister Competitions

The Accolade Global Film Competition’s sister competitions are the Best Shorts Competition ( honoring the best of short films, the Impact DOCS Awards ( serving documentary filmmakers and spreading their messages around the globe, and the IndieFEST Film Awards ( which celebrates outstanding independent films. All four competitions share administrative offices but have independent judging and judging results from one competition will not influence the outcome of the other.

114 Reviews

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    Caroline Cory

    Excellent communication and attention to detail throughout the entire process from festival director Rick Prickett. That is how a festival should be run. Awesome experience, will definitely submit again. Thank you!!

    October 2017
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    Konark Sarangi

    Great festival to be a part of. My Music Video won Award of Merit. From the very beginning, the communication and response from the Festival have been spot on. Special thanks to Festival director Rick Prickett for being extremely prompt in his communications. Thanks to the Jury members for considering and accepting my video. Will love to be a part of the festival again.

    September 2017
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    Xavier Velásquez

    Awesome film festival, im proud that my first film was selected as a winner!! Room 61 🏆

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your review Xavier. We are so happy that the experience was beneficial for you and promoting your film. We wish you continued success!

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    Murtdha Hameed

    Thank you so much for letting all Iraq people happy with winner thanks a lot

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Murtdha! We are so happy to have such talented filmmakers from around the globe! We hope that you have great success with your film!

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    Rosa Nichols

    Seriously... 5 stars! Loved the communication and networking they offered. Extremely honored to have been a part of this season, and greatly appreciate being recognized for the "Award of Merit- Women Filmmakers"! Great experience with Accolade Global Film
    Competition!! YOU.ROCK!

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Congrats Rosa! It is an honor to be of service to filmmakers such as yourself. Looking forward to seeing your next project!