President of the 2017 Jury is French actress Mélanie Doutey.
2017 selection is online on our website :

The Paris Art and Movie Awards is the leading independent film festival in Paris.

The « PAMA » has been ranked, as soon as its second year, the second festival not to miss in Paris, by The Culture Trip Magazine. The festival is today the leading independent festival in Paris, the only one to be held in english for international attendance, and the sole offering a real award ceremony.

We accept short films and feature, in a wide range of categories. You can reach us if you have a question using the email address on the left side. We try to answer each email asap, priority always being given to films and filmmakers in actual competition or already having submitted.
Please note we do not grant free submissions.

Our goal is to help independent filmmakers screening their films, awarding them, show their films to high level industry talents and public figures. We close each year festival by an award ceremony, giving away trophies and certificates and gifts to films, and to filmmakers, cast and crew.

We keep supporting and promoting winners and nominees long after their nomination or their win : we follow you on Facebook and Instagram, we share your work… We also have a policy of inviting former winners to become Judges, and former nominees to walk on stage to give away awards to their fellow filmmakers.

We are a human scale festival, often compared to the hottest New-York underground and dynamic events. We have partnerships with medias, established companies, and the screening always take place in grand historic venues in Paris.

We are proud to work, since first year, with the French national charity CHILDREN’S VOICE. We offer free screening to very young kids, who often never went to a movie theatre before, and to young adults, some with difficult family backgrounds.
2017 :
All Judges are on our website :
- Festival took place on July 25th, in leading UCG movie theatre venue. Check all the stills on our facebook page, and album on FilmFreeway.
- JURY MEMBERS WERE : Mark Dacascos, Melissa Mars, Alain Doutey, Joseph Pearlman, Quentin Lecocq, Charles Tentindo, Graldine Beigbeder, Marc Morineau.
- The PARIS ART AND MOVIE AWARDS has been ranked 2nd of the 7 festivals not to miss in Paris by Culture Trip :
- New 2016 Partner : FINAL DRAFT !
- News : Imdb pro eligible ! >>
The PAMA is an international festival that screens independent films in their original langage. Our festival celebrates those who are passionate about their creations. We are a festival focused on the humans making the movies : each director/attendee gets to talk about his movie.
We warmly welcome filmmakers and artists from all over the world to gather in Paris to meet new audience, screen and show their latest work, connect with fellow professionals, share their passion.
Our 2015 JUDGES were :
* Maxime Alexandre (DOP "The Hills Have Eyes", "Mirrors", "Voices", "Earth to Echo")
* David Salles (Malavita-The Family, Babysitting, Bref, Maison Close...)
* Gérard Chaillou (Caméra Café, Adèle Blanc Sec, Nicolas Le Floch...)
* Marc Morineau (Canal +)
* Géraldine Beigbeder (artist and screenwriter)
* Joseph Pearlman (Coach and founder of Pearlman Acting Academy, Los Angeles)
* Céline Monsarrat (Julia Robert's french voice)
Pictures and profiles on our website :
open to competition :
* International short
* French Short
* Script short
* Script long
* Feature
* Music Video
* Documentary
* Experimental and Visual Arts in Motion
* Animation

including :
- Awards
- Photocall
- Artistic Recognition
- Networking
- award ceremony

We ourselves are a team of directors, actress, DOP, managers and producers, who experienced the creating path of making a movie, and screen it, and struggling to turn it into a success.
We create a large and serious range of awards to reward the best, more originals and more passionate projects we receive.
With this Festival and Award Ceremony, we want to build a moment for artists to connect, and get back home with rewarding experience and for the better : an award from Paris.

* Gallery of artists who attended previous year :

Awards & Prizes

We want to make a difference. Winning one of our PAM Award will give you a special taste of recognition.

All 2017 winners will be given either a Brigitte Bardot cristal plaque, or a framed award certificate
All nominees will win : one year submission to
Best Actress will win : one year submission to Etoile Casting
Best actor will win : one year submission to Etoile Casting
Best scriptwriter (feature) 2017 will win : a Final Draft softawre
Best scriptwriter (short) 2017 will win : a Final Draft softawre

2017 AWARDS -selection-
* Best Short of the year
* Best director (in a short)
* Best Feature
* Best actor
* Best actress
* Best Director of Photography
* Best Short Script
* Best Feature Script
* NEW : Best Soundtrack
* Best Music Video of the year
* Best animation
* Best documentary
* Best Experimental and Visual Arts in Motion

+++ Previous winners here :

=> Your presence at the Award Ceremony is the core of the festival and the essence of your submission.

+++ See the Award in pics :
+++ Also check our Facebook Gallery :

1) you submit
2) you get nominated, with laurel. You get featured on our website, and listed in the program and all the press documents.
3) our Judges watch all the nominated films. Their vote is final.
4) you screen in Paris
5) you walk on stage to claim your award. You make a speech.
6) you become a PAMA Alumni.

Rules & Terms

We accept all genres and nationalities and langage for all international categories.
You are allowed to have multiple entries and submit to multiple categories, with the same or different films. Each category requires its own fee.
Entries are non refundable.
Please check the recommended lengths.

A poster and a trailer (or excerpt) are mandatory to enter official selection. If you do not provide, it is up to the festival's management to keep, or disqualify your film.
Your trailer must be on You Tube OR any other platform so we can embed it to our website and to our press releases.

We strongly recommend you have a facebook and/or twitter and/or instagram page for your project or film so we can fully promote you.
French subtitles are mandatory for ANY screening film not french speaking that has dialogs by May 30. We may contact you in advance of that date if the selection committee of the festival feels you may provide the subtitles sooner. If you do not provide, your film may be selected, but will not screen, nor win.

If your film rises some concerns about illegal copy or plagiarism, the case will be discussed. You may face public announcement. If the management team feels so, the submission platform will be alerted.
It is your responsibility to provide with the proper screening file, whether this demands a DCP or a special format. If you do not provide, you will be disqualified, regardless you have been nominated or not.
If you are selected or win, you are expected to attend the festival and the Award Ceremony. If you cannot attend the ceremony, you must find someone in Paris to represent you and claim your award, on stage. We may send trophies at your expenses with an payment in advance by Paypal.
Works in progress are accepted if you submit the final work by May 30.

We only accept online digital submissions.
After too many cases of fraud, we do not offer special fee for students films anymore. You may submit to the Student category. Each student film submitted has to provide proof of studies. If you do not provide, your entry will not make it to selection.

Documentaries films and animated films must to submit to animated or documentary category, even is made as a student.

Each entry and submission category must have its on submission fee. 

If you submitted to the wrong category, the festival may ask you to pay the fee difference if there is one, using Paypal.
Films, videos and scripts can be from any year 
starting 2010 included.
If selected, you grant the PAMA the right to utilize any image, excerpt, titles, words you submitted to us, for promotion purposes.
The festival organizers may refuse any illegal, non-artistic, fake, false, incomplete entries.

The festival does NOT take care of travel nor accommodation expenses. We can give you good adresses of hotels in a walking distance to the festival.

Our official notification date is the day after the final day of entries, BUT : we may announce the first nominees starting in April, depending on the selection committee, the films received.
When you receive the first platform update, that means you are selected, and you get an Official Nomination in Competition Laurel. The selection does not grant a screening.
We cannot give each submitter a personal answer regarding their selection.
The selected talents receive an e-mail with a link to the laurel center and all informations about the festival.
If you're not selected, your movie status will be updated on FilmFreeway, and FF will send an automatic notification to due date.
Accepted scripts are un-produced and produced, if your film is of 2017 or 2016. If your film is produced, you have to send us the script. We may request a movie screener.
The New Media category includes : Web Series / New Medias / Phone Made / 360° / Extreme GoPro Made / Virtuality / Other special production linked to new media, new technology.
Soundtrack means pre-existing music used in a new film. You must have the rights.
Soundtrack song is a song, with lyrics, composed especially for a film. You may submit the film that includes the song, or the music track itself.
Score is original music composed for a film.

- shorts > under 15 minutes
- features > under 105 minutes
- music videos > under 5 minutes
- documentaries > under 15 minutes
- experimental and visual arts in motion > under 5 minutes
- animation > under 10 minutes
- scripts : feature > under 120 pages ; shorts > under 10 pages
- score and soundtrack > submit your film, OR music only. In case of music, no length limit.

We accept short movies, feature, short script/screenplay, feature script/screenplay, drama, horror, fantasy, comedy, we series, documentary, animation, student, music video, experimental...

9 Reviews

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    I had the honor of winning the Best Director in 2016 with my first Short movie ''KITCHEN''. PAMA was a wonderful experience. So, i just finished the shooting of my second short ''INSEPARABLE'', actually the movie is in post production. I'm glad to worked with the Director of Photography winning 2 Césars for ''La môme" & ''La chambre des officiers'' : Tetsuo Nagata and the actor Nicky Naudé, He coordinated the stunt with Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity. So i will be happy to submitting for the second time my new short ''INSEPARABLE'' Stay Tuned. Many thanks to the PAMA Festival team. Best :) Steve Duchesne

    January 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Hey Steve, you raised the bar pretty high with KITCHEN last year... We've seen some sets of your next establishment on Facebook... Looking forward... Best of luck, and many thanks for the review !

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    Jami Ramberan

    One of the most organized and professionally run festivals I've been to! The official selections were of a high standard and the networking was incredible. I still keep in contact with some of the filmmakers and audience members I met. I look forward to submitting in the future.

    January 2017
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    Response from festival:

    That's a huge compliment Jami... I really hope we'll meet again, in Paris, for the festival or not, in L.A. or somewhere else... All the best for your next film(s), which we want to see anyway. M.

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    Michael Graf

    I had the honor of winning the Best Feature Screenplay in 2015 with my first screenplay, so the festival thing was new to me. I was not prepared for the overwhelming hospitality of the festival. I have made a number of new friends and was even hired to write another screenplay from a producer I met at this festival. Great networking, great people, great films all in the heart of the City of Light. It was a great experience.

    January 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Michael, I didn't know you got a job from the networking, that's great ! Very happy to hear that... I wish you the best for your projects to come... M.

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    Tal Amiran

    PAMA is a fantastic festival. We had the honour of winning Best Documentary at the festival in 2015. The films selection is of high quality and the hospitality and atmosphere is just great! We hope to be there again soon!

    December 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Hey Tal, thanks a lot. We've noticed your film kept winning and to screen all around... Including distribution very recently, huge congrats.

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    Christophe Monier

    A quality festival. The organizers work with great care.

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Christophe. Hope to watch your next film.