Rainbow Cinema Awards is a film festival which celebrates the colorful, fun and diverse images of LGBT community in films.

Our goal is to challenge the stereotype and create a more realistic and positive representation of LGBT community showcased in moving images around the world.

Submission is open to all filmmakers with works that are LGBT themed, as well as films made by LGBT filmmakers about the community.

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For All Category Winners

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- Best Film – Chosen from all the film/video category winners.
- Best Director – Outstanding achievement in direction from among the film/video category winners.


1. Submissions for the 1st edition of Rainbow Cinema Awards is open beginning February 2020
2. All films must be presented in their original language with English subtitle.
3. Films must have been completed after 1 January 2018. Premiere status is not required.
4. Short film entries must not exceed a running time of 45 minutes.
5. Student films and videos must present proper documentations from their academic institution, example: academic ID of the director/producer or a letter of recommendation from an academic adviser or institution. Any films submitted as student film without proper identification will be disqualified in the category.
6. Student films must be submitted no later than two years after graduation.
7. All submitted films and/or videos must pay the necessary entry fee. Student entries are eligible for discounted fees.
8. Entry fees are non-refundable in case of any submission withdrawal.
9. Any changes to the rules will be at RCA’s discretion.
10. All entries must be submitted online via FilmFreeway.
11. All submissions are screened and evaluated by the RCA Selection Committee.
12. Criteria for judging is based on creativity of visual images, production quality (irrespective of the cost of production), originality of storytelling and entertainment value.
13. Submissions will be checked for their eligibility and judged only in their appropriate categories.
14. All Official Selections for each category will be announced at RCA website and CA social media platforms and will be notified through email.
15. The number of selections for each category is at the RCA Committee’s discretion.
16. Screening and Awarding Ceremony will be held at The Producer’s Club in New York on 30 June 2020. Any other announcements will be made on RCA’s official website and CA’s social media platforms.


1. Finalists will be announced a month before the film festival.
2. Winners of each categories automatically becomes an Official Selection and will receive an RCA digital certificate with verification and a digital copy of the official RCA laurel.
3. Winners of the Best Film and Best Image Award and Best Director are chosen from the winners of the main categories. They will be handed CA’s official statuette called the β€œGolden Eagle” during the awarding ceremony.
4. Winners will be chosen by Juries composed of film industry professionals especially invited by RCA festival director for this edition.
5. In case of the recipients’ absence during the award ceremony, RCA will send the statuette to them via post.
6. The winners of Golden Eagle may get the chance to be screened at the other Cinematography Award film festivals.
7. Other additional award prizes may be given during the ceremony.


1. All official selections are included in the festival programme for exhibition.
2. RCA reserves the right to choose other shortlisted films to be screened in the film festival.
3. The filmmakers and/or production companies must provide RCA a copy of their films for screening at least 30 working days prior to festival. This is to make sure the festival has enough time to check for any technical concerns that may occur and resolve them prior to the screening.
4. If sending DCPs, the sender is requested to inform RCA on the means of dispatch and the date of shipment. Postage or shipment costs are the responsibility of the sender. No collect costs are accepted unless authorized by the RCA. Materials should be sent to Cinematography Awards Foundation:

Michalowskiego 8, 02-438 Warszawa, Poland

5. All screening formats can be returned upon the request of the participants after the festival screening. Please provide RCA with a return address. In case of non-confirmation of any return address after two weeks, RCA will return the screener to the address indicated in the original submission entry.
6. RCA is not liable to any loss of screening materials after they have been posted or shipped to the recipient.


1. All films must be of standard cinema aspect ratio and resolution (Square Pixels 1.0).
Flat:1.85:1 2K (1998x1080) or 4K (3996x2160) Scope: 2.39:1 2K (2048Γ—858) or 4K (4096x1716)
2. HD format is possible, but the filmmakers/producer must give RCA the rights to re-format it for screening purposes. HD quality digital copy of the film in Quicktime (Pro Res 422) if applicable.
3. H264 (MP4) files can be accepted provided the images are of great quality.


1. RCA is hereby granted the rights to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for promotional purposes of the festival.
2. The filmmakers and/or the production company allow RCA to use their film’s Press Kit for promotional purposes.
3. The submission of any films to the festival means that the filmmakers and/or the production company agree without any reservation to all the rules and regulations of RCA.