We are now accepting entries for our Season Three. We have two windows this season (Cold and Warm). Our Cold window ran November 2021 through late March 2022. We will have an in-person Gala in Green Bay, USA at the end of May (May 28-29). Winners (3 per category in most cases) decided in May will qualify for our Best of the Year Gala in Little Rock Arkansas in January 2023.

Our current Warm window runs early April through late July. Winners will be decided at our Green Bay Wisconsin mid September 2-4 Gala (Tarlton and St. Brendan's Inn venue already confirmed), and they will qualify for the Best of the Year Gala in mid January 2023 (Little Rock, Arkansas... with the exception of the Best Love Production and Best Mobster Production category, which only compete to be crowned in Green Bay in September).

Be sure to submit to more than one category, to widen your nominee chances.

We accept scenes, shorts and features of many genres. We go by "Keep It Short, Memorable and Sweet" Some categories are judged at our in person Galas by the attending audience. Others are judged by our judging team on sceneawards.com

IMPORTANT FOR SCENE CATEGORIES: before you purchase the submission, please add a quick line using the Cover Letter button on the final screen explaining which scene you want us to look at and why. For example, the cover letter line would read = "1:24 to 4:20: pay attn to dialogues, camera..." One scene per purchased category. Multiple category submissions welcome. In that case, please expand on your cover letter accordingly.

The one aspect that is often underrated by film festivals, the memorable scene that makes you remember the film, be it because of the scenery, the powerful dialogues, speech, camera angle/motion, improvisation, etc. That's why we exist. We want to recognize the talent poured onto that scene you want us to look at.

We are grandfathered by our big sister competition, the MLC Awards (mlcawards.com).

We go from November to March and from April to July. These two windows will have in-person galas (May and September events) before their winners face off Arkansas Best of the Year MLC Scene Awards Gala in January 2023.

Four or five nominees per category are picked after all Official Selections are announced along July. Then we announce nominees on Notification Date. Nominees will qualify for the September 2-4 in person MLC Scene Awards gala, for a chance to screen with us.

Audience in attendance at our in-person galas will vote for some of the categories (scenes, small shorts). Our judges will award the rest of the categories. Our new trophies are available on www.sceneawards.com at a very discounted price.

Please read carefully:
-See categories for specific rules.
-Scene Categories: We cannot pick a scene for you. You must indicate it to us.
-Before you purchase the submission, please add a quick cover letter explaining which scene you want us to look at, one scene-only (see submission categories for time limit per scene). For ex., the cover letter would read = "1:24 to 4:20: pay attn to dialogues, camera..." If you forget to add a cover letter (life happens, we know), then please add the time mark message at the very bottom of your film synopsis.
-The entire film must be uploaded. Please do not upload the scene only. While we typically will not watch the whole film, if the scene is interesting and watching before or after makes sense, we will do so at our criteria.
-We reserve the right to amend rules and nominate contestants, if applicable, for other categories we see fit and not necessarily in the categories the were submitted under.
-One scene per submission (please indicate the minute mark in a message to us).
-No more than three scenes from the same film can be sent to us in the same 10-week window.
-The entire film must consist of more than 1 scene. We just need to see why the scene you point us too is award worthy. By submitting your film you agree that we can screen (in the case of screener categories) your scene at our January Gala in Little Rock.
-We do not pay screening fees. Submitting in a screener category does not guarantee screening. You must be nominated as a screener to screen with us.
-Some screener categories could turn into judge-only categories depending on time needs and involvement of people attending at our galas.
-Fees as not refundable.
-We reserve the right to disqualify submitters if rules are breached.
-The film review category requires a purchase. No waivers work.
-Days after the posted notification date, we will announce 5 or 6 Nominees per category. One week later we will announce nominees. The month after we will announce winners at the gala.
-We are very in-person, big screen oriented and very well connected to help you promote your word from the South (Arkansas) to the Upper Midwest (Wisconsin). We will not do any virtual screenings.
-See each submission categories for additional rules.
-We reserve the rights to modify these terms and conditions and to remove a given category should participation not be up to standards. If that was the case, we will move submitters to other categories.
-Submitting to more than 1 category can increase your chances of selection or nomination. While attendance to our gala events is not mandatory, it will be considered to determine some of the winners in the event of a tie in audience votes.

Overall Rating
  • Director G'Zlle

    I am truly honored and humble that Artist Ra-Sool "Purple and Orange" was selected for Best Editing and Best Overall Music Video". This is a huge opportunity and it's not taken for granted. Thank You!

    June 2022
  • Maria Brenda

    My team and I had a fantastic time at the event. It was well-organized and even met the famous Tony Shalhoub. It was a treat. Thanks Freddy Moyano for the job well-done. 🙏🥰

    June 2022
  • Ramsses Ali Quesada

    It was great! Hope to participate in the next event. Thank you.

    June 2022
  • Shane Cibella

    Another great event from the MLC Scene Awards. This is such a great midwest festival, I highly recommend.

    June 2022
  • Lucas Vossoughi

    Great festival, professional and friendly communication - on top of that we won Best Horror, which was a truly awesome experience. Unfortunately we couldn't attend, but watched it online (therefore I can't rate networking, but judging from afar I am so sure it was as great as all these guys from the festival are..)... Freddy is JUST AMAZING! Thank you for having us and everything. Keep on rockin

    June 2022